Lung / Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends West Coast Adult Prom tour, October 2023! 

10/06/2023 – Tempe/AZ – Time Out Lounge W/Bright Sunshine, Hot Probs10/07/2023 – Los Angeles/CA – Redwood Bar and Grill w/The Freeks10/08/2023 – San Francisco/CA – Bottom of the Hill (Afternoon BBQ Show) w/Cassette Prophet10/09/2023 – Sacramento/CA – Old Ironsides10/10/2023 – Reno/NV – The Loving Cup w/Elephant Rifle10/11/2023 – Eugene/OR – Sam Bond’s Garage w/Silence Mill10/12/2023 – Portland/OR – High Water Mark10/13/2023 – Bellingham/WA – Make Shift Art Space (Bellingham Exit)10/14/2023 – Seattle/WA – Southgate Roller Rink (Rat City Recon) All dates with LUNG. We will have LP and CD of Adult Prom at all of these shows. Pre-orders still available.

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 titlesEach 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!DANGEROUS NOMENCLATURE. —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. credits released February 4, 2022 The Erratic Retaliator StrategyMike – guitar, vocalsRon – bass, vocals — Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends:Conan Neutron – Vocals/GuitarsTony Ash – BassDale Crover – DrumsToshi 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.STILL ON TOP! —Artwork by Chris Williams – Plastic Flame Press ( by Bob Weston, Chicago Mastering Service, January LCR-080-1 / SW030 Dangerous Nomenclature by Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends:

Fall Tour: (some dates with mclusky) Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends will be supporting the mighty mclusky for three shows on the west coast next month.9/17/2022 Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA9/20/2022 Revolution Hall, Portland, OR9/21/2022 The Crocodile, Seattle, WAThis should be great. Tickets going fast! Haven’t played on the west coast since 2019, very happy to be back. Full dates:9/15/2022 – Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV w/The Swank Bastards and Little Kids9/16/2022 – World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim, CA9/17/2022 – Starline Social Club Oakland CA w/mclusky – tickets9/18/2022 – Mario’s Marina Bar, Shelter Cove, CA9/19/2022 – John Henry’s, Eugene, OR w/Silence Mill, Kronk Men9/20/2022 – Revolution Hall Portland OR w/mclusky – tickets9/21/2022 – The Crocodile Seattle WA w/mclusky – tickets9/22/2022 – Monk’s, Missoula, MT w/Jaag9/23/2022 – The Bourgeois Pig, Casper, WY w/Animal Bite, Plague Pitted Moon9/24/2022 – Goosetown Tavern, Denver Co w/Almanac Man, the Betterself Other shows: 9/2/2022 – Mag Bar, Louisville, KY – PRF Lou w/Burned or Buried, Naw, Knife the Symphony, Mister Goblin, Deady, Lashes – tickets 10/1/2022 – Promises, Milwaukee, WI w/DeadFinger, Zelvis! 10/6/2022 – The Lexington, Detroit, MI -w/Burned or Buried, Tart10/7/2022 – ????, Philadelphia, PA w/Burned or Buried10/8/2022 – 12 Heart You, Peakskill, NY w/ Burned or Buried10/8/2022 (later) – Cherry Street Station, New Haven, CT w/Grizzlor, VRSA10/9/2022 – The Government Center, Pittsburgh, PA w/ Norm Westberg, Burned or Buried

Dark Passengers (LCR077-1)

Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends – Dark Passengers.An 11 song record about depression and mental health. On Learning Curve Records. You can stream the available tracks and pre-order at:

Protones and Electrones: A Playlist for Earthquaker Devices

(Note: this article and playlist originally appeared on the Earthquaker Devices site, Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends proudly use EQD pedals regularly.) Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends is a rock band featuring Conan Neutron, Tony Ash and Dale Crover of the Melvins, here is a list of guitar sounds/songs (and a few for bass!) that they find particularly evocative, interesting, or noteworthy. Conan Neutron: Stooges – TV Eye: Lardo – Pedagogue: Wire – Practice Makes Perfect Wipers – Youth of America Shellac – My Black Ass Thin Lizzy – Emerald Drive Like Jehu – Luau The Birthday Party – The Friend Catcher DEVO – Mongoloid Chavez – The Guard Attacks Tony Ash: Rye Coalition – Snow Job: Hellacopters – No Angel to Lay Me Away Cheap Trick – Big Eyes Davie Allan and the Arrows – Blues Theme Flipper – Learn to Live The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself). The Birthday Party – Nick the Stripper The Stooges – Gimme Danger Jawbox – Motorist AC/DC – What’s Next to the Moon? Conan Neutron: 1. The Stooges – TV Eye  Ron Asheton. Full stop. One of my very favorite guitar players. One of the best guitar riffs of all time. Marshall, fuzz face pedal. Nothing too crazy. He used a strat for fun house, so I love hearing about how strats are exclusively the terrain of blues lawyers. I love chiming open notes in riffs, that’s me paying homage to Ron Asheton, who was getting it from Mahavishnu Orchestra or whatever! There is debate amongst rock nerds over whether Funhouse or Raw Power is better. Asheton Or Williamson on guitar. Both rule, we have a foot in either camp between Tony and I. I’m team Funhouse, and I vote.  2. Lardo – Pedagogue Bit commander! Brian Pennington makes his guitar sounds like a broken computer and all is right with the world. Put that crazy guitar over the insane rhythm section and concise and sharp song writing and you have a hell of a band I which more people Listened to. There aren’t many bands that have added anything new to this kind of genre, Lardo has done it. Respect. 3. Wire – Practice Makes Perfect Rocks like hell but doesn’t roll at all. Kraftwerk style robotics melded with staccato and harsh guitars. Pink flag is swell and all, but chairs missing is the one for me. When I started listening to Wire it really broke down what the ideas of what a song could and should be. Colin Newman plays a Roland JC-120 I think. And unless I’m mistaken, at the time was a music man HD-130? One of my favorite amps ever. A thing I love about Wire is that they are not gear purists. They use Pods, they change gear all the time. Best or weirdest sound wins, and they still come up with super cool stuff. There’s a lesson there. 4. Wipers – Youth of America  Greg Sage recorded the first classic three records on a 1965 Ampeg Gemini, Low Tremolo with heavy reverb. An MXR distortion plus and an Echoplex rounded it out. Especially on this one! Then again, Greg also built his own preamps. So, who knows? The Wipers are a band of mystery. This is the first song that made me appreciate delay, echo and that punk rock could also be psych. A stellar composition, every song on those first three records is a classic, but this one… wow! It’s a journey. You can do this kind of stuff with an Avalanche Run or a Catalinbread Belle Epoch now. Which is amazing. 5. Shellac – […]

Excellent review of Protons and Electrons by Grizzly Butts  in fact this double LP compilation of twelve 7″ split singles, ‘Protons and Electrons’, is the bulletproof argument for this admirable feat. Consider ‘Protons’ the third full-length from the trio and ‘Electrons’ a compilation of associated acts, friends, and (as they’d put it) a celebration of community. Conan Neutron (Replicator, Victory and Associates, Mount Vicious) is a guy, er, the founder of Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends who’d had a wild spark up his brain around 2015 encased in the raw deal that is Oakland, California as he began to chip away at his own brand of antisocial rock records. That’d soon warrant power trio-ing up with Dale Crover (Melvins, Shrinebuilder) and Tony Ash (Coliseum, Trophy Wives). By the end of 2015 Neutron‘d pumped out two solid buzzers, fuzz’d n’ noisy intuitive alt rock that I’d have called ‘power pop’ to get my Pixies loving friend (Brandon) in high school to listen to it. Flipping over to the 2016 writing sessions for this series of ‘Protons’ split 7″ singles — The need to breathe, to push out more clank-and-wobbling rock air without all that sugary power-pop dripping from the walls, must’ve been somewhere in the highest registers of the brain as the sanity of the western world collapsed around them. It’d be their third session with producer Toshi Kasai and the finest, most inventive set of recordings from the project thus far. Wit, grinning darkness, hummable jigs, and all matter of divergent focus slosh about within these personalized and inventive rock songs that’re surely the sort of mess we’d have a gaudy corporate rock umbrella term for back in the mid-90’s. The big point here is that each of these Neutronian tracks are singular events, tirades of sharply cut and intentionally faceted perspective each attempting to see light by way of precarious manipulated shadows, the full listen is inspired and ‘lost’ in its own head to great effect. I’d expect no less from the lyricist who’d brought you an alt rock record themed after the Hannibal Lecter series of novels but I suppose I wouldn’t expect as much. Infectious is the word as boppin’ post-punk bass lines swap for pained psychedelic rock janglers and a few post-‘Nothings Shocking’ swings before ‘Protons’ is spun. It sticks. Just reading the title for “Petulant Messiah”, “Parade of Deceit”, and “Hate Secretary” puts each chorus (or riff) right in my overstuffed frontal lobe. “Armies of the Mind” could whip on repeat for a week… The gist of it is that tonal variety and inspirational times have done a world of wondrous good for this third album from the trio. The depth is there if you’re one to suss out the minutiae of pop, punk, rock, and the adhesive that Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends provides. The second LP is no less vital to the experience and in this form it serves as a worthy compilation featuring songs from bands featuring artists who’ve featured in Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends‘ touring line-ups, contributed to studio recordings, toured alongside the band or simply feature one of the three core members of the trio. It kicks off with a big rock stomp from Ash‘s stoney noise rock band Trophy Wives, a big and bulbous first hit. Chicago noise punk trio Nonagon are the next big highlight for my taste with “Saffir-Simpson” and their Ed Kemper Trio kinda art rock howling. Turbo Lightning‘s bubblegum poppin’ stadium rocker “Give a Man a Brain” would’ve instantly appealed to 14 year old me. When Mr. Bungle‘s ‘California’ came out a few friends brought a boom box to the rec center area at the University of Oregon and we played it out loud around 8:00pm while acting like idiots in the dark… Sorry; That memory socked me in the cerebellum as the intro to Dale Crover […]

The Bigtakeover digs Protons and Electrons

Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends – Protons and Electrons Neutron and friends have released 12 7″ split singles over the last 18 months in a series called Protons and Electrons. This endeavor includes 12 other bands taking care of the b-sides, and it’s just been released as a two-disc set. Mr. Neutron wastes no time on the first disc, Protons. “Jilted Dragon” and “Armies of the Mind” attack with melodic earworms and deliberate urgency that recall Bob Mould from his Sugar days. Branding Electrons as a collection of b-sides would be unfair. Bands such as The God Eaters, Cartographer, and Quivers among many others offer top-notch songs from post-punk, metal and indie rock genres. P&E throws the sheer ferocity of its rock ‘n’ roll in your face without any fear.

All merch/downloads 20% off Dec. 1st-6th

All Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends items are a 20% off this week only (ends 12/06/2019). Physical and digital.  Just use code “bargainissealed” at checkout! This includes the brand new Protons and Electrons compilation 2XLP and 2XCD, as well as all remaining stock of Protons and Electrons 7”, Art Of Murder LP (while supplies last!) and CDs, Enemy of Everyone LPs and CDs and all t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. All orders shipping immediately!Thanks! Protons and Electrons Compilation by Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends

October/November Tour Dates

10/25: Chelsea, MI – Rumpus room w/Tart10/26: Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club w/Not Of, Leonids, So Tired10/27: Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus w/CRËVE11/1: Oakland, CA – Elbo Room Jack London w/Reptoid, Rip Room, Antler Family11/2: Los Angeles, CA – Highland Park Bowl w/Dangerously Sleazy, Space Force11/3: Anaheim, CA – World Famous Doll Hut w/Alright Spider, hepa.titus, the Patients11/6: Milwaukee, WI – Bremen Cafe w/MICROWAVES, Ifihadahifi, something is Waiting.11/7: Chicago, IL – The Owl w/Gerund, Tim Midyett11/8: Louisville, KY – Kaiju w/Total Void, Bon Air11/9: Athens, GA – Little Kings Shuffle Club w/Los Meesfits