January 13, 2015
by Bryne Yancey

The sheer amount of punk bands Long Island houses doesn’t need to be reiterated here. It’s long been a hotbed of basement-born, throat-shredding, anthemic, melodic punk rock. If Indiana is the Land of Letterman…Long Island is the Land of Latterman. (Sorry.)

But while the melodic punk well has been tapped time and time again, and will continue to be until the earth explodes, LI’s scene has always been more diverse than given credit. Hell, Iron Chic’s offshoot bands alone have rejiggered the status quo for the better: Crow Bait’s 2014 debut Sliding Through The Halls of Fate, for example, was a triumph of guitar-forward, Americana-laced rock and roll. Listening to it, you’d never figure they were a Long Island band, unless maybe Long Island had been picked up and relocated to somewhere in Appalachia.

On the other side of the coin is Secret Lives. Featuring Gordon Lafler and Rob McAllister of Iron Chic, the band take a more aggressive, energetic iteration of punk and fill it with tightly-wound riffs, calculated percussion and a certain attitude that goes beyond weathered, drunk, sad world-weariness. Their debut Fortune Teller is a nine-song, 14-minute jaunt through powerful punk clearly influenced by groups such as Rocket From The Crypt and The Bronx, the type of punk that feels effortless and superficial, but in reality rarely is.

Check out Fortune Teller on Bandcamp.