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Secret Crush - "KGB" (video) (premiere)

Like cyanide-laced Pepsi: Brooklyn newcomers release a garage pop song with enough sweet hooks to belie its theme of espionage and deception.

Secret Crush don’t write love songs, they write songs about deception. New single “KGB” is an excellent case in point, presenting itself in the same way as the cyanide-laced Pepsi referenced in the song’s lyrics. It’s a hooky little number with a cache of sweet melodies belying the acidic treachery relayed in the song’s lyrics. The video takes the conceit a step further, with the four-piece recruiting some go-go dancers cum femme fatales for a fatal performance. Secret Crush vocalist and guitarist Greg Timmes, who shares both duties with co-frontman Matt Billington, has said of the self-directed video, “I wanted to make a video that had some twists and turns that would keep the viewer guessing,” while adding, “It's not the video for ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears but “KGB” is as fun to watch as it was to make.” Secret Crush consists of players from a number of Brooklyn bands (bassist Nick Rogers formerly fronted the undersung Hippy; Billington and drummer Jacob Cavell both served in synth-pop outfit Grand Resort; Lydia Gammill of Total Slacker adds some Nancy Sinatra-esque vocals to the song) and likewise the video features cameos from a few of the finest up and coming artists in the borough, namely The Yin Yangs and Bodega Bay (additionally, Nikki Belfiglio, of the latter, edited “KGB”, which was shot by photographer Jamie Langley). The video for “KGB” may be low-budget, but the visuals and the song's tunefulness are a welcome diversion, no matter the budget.

Secret Crush will be releasing new material in September. Previously recorded material can be streamed on the band's Bandcamp page.

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