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THE SEATBELTS / THE SECRETS
December 2, 2017
The Seatbelts: Hailing from the mean streets of the Motor City, The Seatbelts originated way back in 1977. The group cut their teeth playing clubs and concerts in and around the Michigan area, opening for acts like the Romantics, Destroy All Monsters, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, and many other titans of the local music scene. Before long, the band found themselves headlining shows. The group spent some time touring nationally, playing venues such as the venerable Max’s Kansas City in NYC. The group’s first single was produced by none other than former guitarist for the Stooges, Destroy All Monsters, and Dark Carnival, the late Ron Asheton. All good things must come to an end, however, and the band went their separate ways with the dawn of a new decade.
Fast forward nearly thirty years. The band reformed in 2010 with original members Greg Upshur (vocals), Skid Marx (bass) and Tony Bojanic (drums) along with new members guitarists Derek Murtagh and John Whalen. The band has been going strong ever since, gigging and releasing their first full length album Joy Ride in 2013. Thirty years older and wiser, the Seatbelts continue to rock!
The Secrets: At any hour of any given day there is a great probability that somewhere in the world, there is music being enjoyed that was originally written and produced in Detroit. These songs represent a body of popular music that has served as the virtual soundtrack for the lives of multiple generations of music fans ….
The Secrets: Seasoned music scene veterans (MC5, Back Beats, Singles, Romantics) grew up in Detroit. They were exposed to–and heavily influenced by–the sounds that helped define popular culture.
The Secrets carry on the tradition of creating smart, catchy, and fun pop songs.