photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
LEGACY is a TRICKY thing. on one hand its nice to have a pedigree of QUALITY associated with the very mention of your name, but it can be LIMITING, especially when it comes to something as FICKLE and ONEROUS as AUDIENCE EXPECTATIONS.
like anyone else, i was pleasantly surprised to learn that KIM THAYIL (SOUNDGARDEN, THE NO WTO COMBO), KRIST NOVOSELIC (NIRVANA, GIANTS IN THE TREES, THE NO WTO COMBO), MATT CAMERON (SOUNDGARDEN, PEARL JAM, HATER) and BUBBA DUPREE (VOID, HATER) were involved in a new project called 3RD SECRET, especially after hearing their first few releases online to learn that it was a bit of a sonic departure from the bands they're famously associated with. for starters 3RD SECRET is fronted by two women, JILLIAN RAYE & JENNIFER JOHNSON who both previously collaborated in recent years with NOVOSELIC in the decidedly EXPERIMENTAL ALTERNATIVE ROCK band GIANTS IN THE TREES.
with 3RD SECRET, the PHRASING and ODD-TIME SIGNATURE guitar riffage of THAYIL is UNMISTAKABLE, but the context is DIFFERENT. with the TANDEM VOCALS and SPARSE INSTRUMENTATION the effect is often PASTORAL and intriguingly FOLK-adjacent at times to my ears, something id never associate with the AGGRESSIVE ALTERNATIVE ROCK of SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA or the UNRELENTING HARDCORE of VOID. most of all, i have to say its just great to see them all in action with a CREATIVE vehicle that nods but is not beholden to their PAST. and honestly, from an outside perspective they seem like they are ENJOYING themselves, so more power to them.
im looking forward to what they come up with in the FUTURE, however long this current project lasts. 3RD SECRET is definitely worth checking out.