Resurrectionists – Now That We Are All Ghosts: SW031

Now That We Are All Ghosts will be released on Seismic Wave Entertainment April 3rd, 2023 in LP, CD and Digital formats. Nine songs of Chamber Doom Americana. Frequently described as cinematic, the band will be releasing a video for all nine songs, an ambitious undertaking that rarely sees fruition. The album is self-engineered, recorded and produced, and mastered by Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering Service.

In the fall of 2019, Milwaukee’s Resurrectionists released an album they called What Comes In, a collection of everyman trouble tales delivered with enough wit and Midwestern twang that one could imagine Will Oldham settling into them.

As everyone knows, very little outside of the natural world remained the same after the year 2020, and so it was with Resurrectionists as well. Hardy was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Gian Pogliano, trading Hardy’s mournful swells for Pogliano’s spin-the-wheel-of-sonic-atmospheric sensibilities. The change is evident on the new Resurrectionists long-player Now That We Are All Ghosts. The twang remains in Cannon’s banjo pluck, and the band hasn’t lost their goth-country-as-fuck Appalachia via Milwaukee aesthetic, all of which perfectly supports Cannon’s words and vocals which, if we’re being totally honest, are the real show. Not only is Cannon a ridiculously skilled lyricist; he can sing the hell out of his songs with a tent preacher’s conviction and a working class punk’s urgency. Think D. Boon with the life experience of a forty-something man fronting The Bad Seeds in a Wisconsin log cabin in the dead of winter. You get the idea. Now That We Are All Ghosts is a collection of life-or-death songs that are that haunting, that primal. It’s an album made for these weird times.

Frequently described as: “The Best Live Band in Milwaukee” When WORK drummer Kavi Laud moved to Austin, TX a few years ago, Joe Cannon pressed pause on that outfit and fired up something entirely new with WORK bassist Jeff Brueggeman, drummer Josh Barto and a stellar pedal steel guitar player named Gavin Hardy and thus, Resurrectionists were born.

Now That We Are All Ghosts – SW031: Seismic Wave Entertainment

SW032: Action Chief – Just The Solos

This is a “new” band, long time coming. I (Conan) just play guitar in this. Which has been a super cool challenge/constraint for me. I really love what we came up with, and I think Mike Lust did an amazing job recording it, a bit different than anything in any other band i’ve been in. 

My stated goal was to try “just shred” in this one, a thing i’ve never done before in any band, largely because my guitar playing existed somewhere in the “evolved caveman” category of skill for most of my life. Joseph Cannon capably and defty write the lyrics and sings (Resurrectionists, WORK, Check Engine, etc.) in this collaboration we started 4 1/2 years or so ago. We’re now joined by noted rhythm section badasses Tony Ash and Jonathan Brown on bass and drums, who absolutely killed it.

There have been more than a few false starts over the years, but we liked the songs so much we wanted to make them live and laid hands on this weirdness during this whole *gestures around* thing going on. We really dig how this weird little record turned out. Whole thing on bandcamp now if you’d like to check it out, and if you want to buy a cd, download or art print you can do that too.
Album art by Aesthetic Apparatus. Who you may recognize from the many different awesome christian fitness records. Link to the record in the comments.

Action Chief – Just the Solos – Digital/cd 08/2022…

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends and The Erratic Retaliator Strategy present: Dangerous Nomenclature 

“What’s in a name? Would ‘Kiss From a Rose’ by any other name sound so sweet?”
Easy concept, kids. Two bands that are idiosyncratic and unique and are frequently related to the cultural dead end of “project” team up for a wild concept.

THE MISSION: pick 3 song titles
Each band writes a song to the song title, without hearing or knowing anything about the other band’s work.

The title inspires the music, the lyrics, the entire approach. Certainly things have a chance of getting interesting, yes?

Anyway, what transpires is the results of this collaboration/challenge. Feast your ears upon it… if you dare!

VINYL PRE-ORDER COMING SOON THROUGH LEARNING CURVE RECORDS, when we have a more realistic idea of the timeline when it might actually arrive. Thank all the Adele and Taylor Swift collector’s records for that.


released February 4, 2022

The Erratic Retaliator Strategy
Mike – guitar, vocals
Ron – bass, vocals

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends:
Conan Neutron – Vocals/Guitars
Tony Ash – Bass
Dale Crover – Drums
Toshi Kasai – Backup Vocals, Keys, Synth

Recorded and produced April 15th, 2021 and September 11th, 2021 by Toshi Kasai at Sound of Sirens

NeutronFriends Heavy Industries, Worldwide.

Artwork by Chris Williams – Plastic Flame Press (
Mastered by Bob Weston, Chicago Mastering Service, January 2022

LCR-080-1 / SW030

Caterwaul 2023 is Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th 2023 in Minneapolis, MN

Caterwaul 2023 Tickets

Friday, May 26th, 2023 – at Mortimer’s

Tongue Party
Elephant Rifle
Wailin’ Storms
Moon Pussy
Asbestos Worker

Saturday, May 27th, 2023 – at Palmer’s

Hands Up Who Wants to Die
Child Bite

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends 
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy
Them Teeth
Delicious Monsters
Burned or Buried
Upright Forms

Sunday, May, 29th, 2023 – at Palmer’s

Distorted Pony
USA Nails
Rid of Me
A Deer A Horse

Kal Marks
The Art Gray Noizz Quintet
Couch Slut
Mr Phylzzz
Heet Deth
Action Chief

Monday, May 30th, 2023 – at Palmer’s

Animal Bite
The Tunnel
Terminus Victor
Work Party
Primitive Broadcast Service
Another Heaven
Chief Tail
Something is Waiting
Gay Witch Abortion

4 Days of fantastic music and fantastic times.


$120 – 4 Day Pass

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends – “We Were Wolves” Single

“We Were Wolves” is a new digital single by Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends. As always, it is Conan Neutron on guitar and vocals, Tony Ash on bass and Dale Crover on Drums. Toshi Kasai on production, some guitar, backup vocals and… tambourine I think?

This song was tracked last year in the session for the new record and it was awesome, but didn’t fit AT ALL mood wise.

H. C. Dunaway Smith (Heather Smith) did the artwork.

It was mastered by Christopher Goosman (Baseline Audio Labs)

It is available on Bandcamp, Apple Music, spotify and all outlets.

Household Gods – Palace Intrigue

Household Gods: David Pajo (Slint, Zwan), Vern Rumsey (Unwound), LKN, Conan Neutron

Household Gods is a band. David Pajo (Slint, Papa M), Vern Rumsey (Unwound), Lauren K. Newman (LKN Band, Palo Verde) and Conan Neutron (Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends, Replicator). It was recorded at Rancho De la Luna studios in Joshua Tree by Dave Catching. 

The record, Palace Intrigue, was revealed to the world on May 1st for Bandcamp’s Covid-19 day of action.
Listeners can check it out on bandcamp. $10 pre-order for the digital on Bandcamp, and $20 for a copy on vinyl. Released by Greyday Records
Household Gods: David Pajo, Vern Rumsey, Conan Neutron, LKN
All of the songs were written and recorded on-site at Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree, California.

No expectations, no rules, no problem.

The samples within this song are from various interviews and are utilized in their modified form with nothing but respect for the source material.

This song, along with the whole record is dedicated to the memory of Lauren K. Newman (LKN) 1978-2019, a bright and shining star. We love her and miss her very much and we speak her name.
Rest In Power.

Music is a Gift, Rock and Roll For Life
releases June 5, 2020

David Pajo – Guitar
Vern Rumsey – Bass
Conan Neutron – Guitar
Lauren “LKN” Newman – Drums
David Catching – Slide Guitar

Recorded at Rancho De La Luna January 15th-19th, 2019
Engineered by Jonathan Russo
Produced by David Catching
Songs Mixed by Steve Fisk, J. Robbins and Scott Evans
Mastered by Bob Weston

Album art and design by Plastic Flame Press

Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends – Protons and Electrons Compilations LP/CD/Stream

SW027 – Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends – Protons and Electrons compilation. Available for pre-order now. Atom 1-12 collected in a 2 LP and a 2 CD set. 3+ years of work comes to fruition! Artwork by the unstoppable Plastic Flame Press. Lovingly produced by Toshi Kasai, mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service

“Noise-Rock Hero” Plays Homecoming Bay Area Shows – CBS SF Bay Area

Noise-Rock Hero Plays Homecoming Bay Area Shows – CBS SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Former East Bay resident and noted purveyor of noise rock Conan Neutron brings his current tour backed by his Secret Friends to the Bay Area for a pair of homecoming shows this weekend in SF and Oakland.

A longtime Oakland resident, Neutron was the principle creative force behind the East Bay noise-punk outfit Replicator with bassist Ben Adrian (who later played in Cartographer) and drummer Chris Bolig during the 2000s. Echoing the lurching, dissonant sounds of such influential ’90s acts as the Jesus Lizard, Melvins and SF’s own Steel Pole Bathtub, the group built up a small but loyal fan base over the course of several albums and U.S. tours.

The group dissolved amicably in 2008, with Neutron initially working with Bolig in the still noisy but somewhat more traditional rock group Mount Vicious. Neutron would then spend a number of years touring and recording with anthemic post-punk band Victory and Associates, as well as co-founding and organizing PRF BBQ West, a series of multi-day festivals in Oakland that hosted an eclectic group of noisy, heavy bands from the Bay Area and abroad for several years running.

conan neutron Noise Rock Hero Plays Homecoming Bay Area Shows

A few years ago, he began a new loose-limbed partnership with Melvins drummer Dale Crover and bassist Tony Ash (of Louisville, KY’s Trophy Wives) under the moniker Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends. Though their first effort The Enemy of Everyone in 2015 was more of a traditional power trio (with co-producer Toshi Kasai adding percussion and vocals and Oxbow singer Eugene Robinson providing vocals on the song “Fight Math”), their savage follow-up The Art of Murder drew on collaborators from a variety of bands including Crover’s partner in the Melvins, Buzz Osborne. Neutron also launched his punk-focused Nope Radio podcast Protonic Reversal featuring interviews with such renowned musicians as Black Flag/OFF! singer Keith Morris and Eagles of Death Metal/earthlings? guitarist Dave Catching.

Neutron has since left relocated to Milwaukee (he helped with the first PRF BBQ there last summer), but this week he returns to the Bay Area with the touring line-up of the Secret Friends featuring Ash on bass, his former Replicator/Mount Vicious partner Bolig on drums and Erica Strout (of Motherf–ker fame) on guitar. Instead of a traditional album, Neutron and company recently launched their Proton and Electrons split single series. The even dozen limited edition 7-inch singles set to be released over the next year will feature a new Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends song on one side and a tune by a band that has collaborated with Neutron and friends on the flip.

For the show at the Hemlock Tavern Friday, Neutron and the Secret Friends will be joined by like-minded SF band Quivers (who are the band featured on the just released second Proton and Electrons single) and experimental prog/punk project Lords of Sealand. On Saturday, the group plays …