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Secret Society in Smaller Lies

17 Oct , 2011,
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Tony Bergeron, drummer for Secret Society in Smaller Lies

Secret Society in Smaller Lies is a group that comes from Houma, LA. They played their first gig in January 2010.  Secret Society in Smaller Lies is a diverse group of friends and unorthodox musicians who all share an obsession in making music.

Drummer, Tony Bergeron says that the members of Secret Society in Smaller Lies let things come to them naturally at practice and they see where things go from there. He says that Secret Society in Smaller Lies is not concerned being a part of any scene or genre, because that is where he feels many artists begin to lack sincerity and authenticity. “All that frame of  mind does,” he says, “is regurgitate ditto copy bands.”

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Secret Society in Smaller Lies–band members

Secret Society in Smaller Lies is Marc Miller on guitar and vocals, Cory Bergeron on bass, Joe Harp on vocals and synthesizer, Christian Yates on guitar, and Tony Bergeron on drums. Tony Bergeron says that SSiSL tries to utilize everyone’s best attributes.

Marc Miller and Tony Bergeron are cousins who starting playing together in a garage when they were around 11 or 12 years old. “We’ve always thrown around ideas and been in projects together. I’ve ran into Joe over the years at parties and we’ve always had really cool discussions about early electronic music.”

When a mutual friend suggested that Tony and Marc join him on a recording session, they were impressed with the sound he brought to the table.

“I was introduced to Christian in late ’99, when I moved to Houston for a short time with a friend from Houma,” Tony says. “At the time we were very much into Gang of Four and the Minutemen. When we’d jam it came off like cracked out jazz punk or something.”

Secret Society in Smaller Lies–all around the South…and California

Secret Society in Smaller Lies has performed in Lousiana, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama,Texas, and California.  A sampling of artists that Secret Society in SmallerSecret Societyband I Lies has played with include Columboid, Bombon, Savage Republic, Saccharine Trust, Wes Hartley and the Traveling Trees, Carnage Asada, Freda Rente and the X Chemical.

Secret Society in Smaller Lies has music on Youtube, Myspace, Facebook, and downloadable stuff on Reverbnation. They are currently in the process of recording an EP at the moment. Tony says that releasing the ep and getting a dependable van for touring are the band’s immediate goals. Tony has been setting aside cash for the tour van, from his day gig at the tire shop he works at. “So, it’ll be a few more weeks for us to knock that out” he laughs.

Secret Society in Smaller Lies–Learning Punk Rock as a kid

Tony told me that when he first started playing drums as a kid in late 1986, his uncleSecter Society II and older cousin would hand mix tapes to him, as a way to introduce him to newer music. Tony says that as early as 7 or 8 years old, he was hearing bands like the Replacements and Suicidal Tendencies, Minor Threat and the Circle Jerks.

He told me that every time he would go to the mall to buy
tapes he would have either an uncle or cousin guiding his options. “It was a cool time for me. One minute I’d be listening to hard edged stuff from the Dead Kennedys and the next to PIL, the Dead Milkmen, the Cult, the Smiths, and so many others. It was great having older cats show me all these diverse bands.” He says that he felt very fortunate to have the guidance that he did.

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Tony Bergeron says that today, he is still listening mainly to the older stuff. “The Screamers, Black Sabbath, the B-52s, the Minutemen, Saccharine Trust, MC5, James Brown, Sebadoh, Hawkwind, PIL, Mission of Burma…I could go on for days man,” he laughs again.  “Right now i have WIRE’s ‘Pink Flag” in my bedroom cd player.”

As I sometimes do, I asked Tony Bergeron if an alien landed on Earth and only knew Earth music from radio broadcasts, how he would describe the music of Secret Society in Smaller Lies. He responded that the band is somewhat a mixture of Black Sabbath, the Cure, and the Talking Heads. Hmmm…Interesting. I think I like it.

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  •,facebook/FredaandtheXchemical,myspace/fredarente' Freda Rente’

    Secret Society in Smaller Lies, 1st it’s the best name ever. Their music in awesome and I love Tony and the rest of the guys.
    More than anything they love eachother and that makes me happy to see and to share the love of music with these really cool guys.
    If I am lucky we will be recording some sweet crazy sounds together soon.
    I wish them the best!!!!

  • r leger

    yup. they are denitly an absolute awesome listen and bunch of guys. you are right, Freda. I believe their chemistry is an amazing gift to everyone who gets to hear them. Hope to shake your hand and hear your new tunes, Freda, soon.

  • robcat

    its so crazy to see my older brothers band on the internet, i’m in school right now just googling stuff cuz religion class is pointless, and here i stumble upon an interview with my bro at the helm. if people only knew how amazing it is for me to wake up everyday and get to hear my brothers music and help him out on band ideas and flyers every once and while. secret society in smaller lies is definitely my favorite band, not just because its a band composed of actual family and guys who Ive always considered family. its my favorite cuz it encompasses generations of music ive grown up on since a child. tony is the coolest brother a kid could have and has really shaped me as a person. marc has go to be one of the craziest guy ever but i cant beat him as a cousin. christian is like the second older brother i always wanted, cuz we can both nerd out on music stuff and play guitar together. joe is an awesome singer and always makes sure to tell me hey and chill if hes in my house grabbin a drink. and corey.. well hes just corey. haha. ssisl is as good as it gets right now in my opinion and i cant wait to see all the great things that are gonna come out of this band.