Secret Suburbia

Secret Suburbia

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeRock

Compared to such bands as Linkin Park and Filter, Secret Suburbia's music blends lush electronic sounds with pop sensibility and the punch of rock and roll to create an unforgettable music experience.

Biography


The music industry has seen its fair share of one hit wonders. Add to that the number of gimmicky one-offs and the just-couldn't-make-its that the world has witnessed and you begin to ponder if all of the world's talent has been shipped off to another planet. Then you hear a recording by Toronto electronica-rock band, Secret Suburbia...and you remember the reason you fell in love with music to begin with.

Frontman T.J. Habibi has possessed the it factor since the day we was born. An all-around musical prodigy, Habibi may very well have been born with a guitar in his hands. The group's songwriter, producer, guitarist and lead vocalist, Habibi has masterminded the unique and eclectic futuristic funk-rock style that has come to be known as the Secret Suburbia sound.

Along with guitarist Dave West, bassist Mark Chee-Aloy and drummer John Michalopoulos, T.J. Habibi has also developed Secret Suburbia as a second-to-none live act. For the better part of the past decade, the group has enjoyed success touring across Canada and abroad to promote the release of each of their independently released albums.

With Seeing Double With One Eye (2004) and Midi Gritty (2007) achieving the type of critical acclaim that most bands only dream of, Secret Suburbia has slowly but surely built a wonderous music catalogue and ever-growing ravenous fan base that is destined to have this band rocking for decades to come.

Secret Suburbia's capturing of Bodog's Best Indie Act in Toronto in 2007 only lends further credence to this assertion. Captivating performances as the opening act for such musical superstars as Matthew Good, Sloan, Treble Charger and Sam Roberts have proven that Secret Suburbia has all the makings of a major player in the alternative rock scene.

Habibi hasn't stopped there, however. Often called upon to score major television productions, Habibi has provided the soundtrack to such shows as 24, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Steven Seagal: Lawman, Disney's Path To 911, Degrassi and MTV's Real World!

Enter We Used To Live Here, Secret Suburbia's long-awaited third album. With music perfectly balancing his trademark soothing and haunting build-ups with the edgy and brash in-your-face climaxes, Habibi has unimaginably outdone himself with the group's 2011 offering.

Songs like the first single, Incision, a cutting-edge, larger-than-life hard rock kickoff, prove Habibi to be a master of the experimental electronica-rock style. Set for release in the spring of 2011, We Used To Live Here is where it is at!

Lyrics

Lucid Dreaming

Written By: TJ Habibi

Walking on a fairy tale
watch your back; it won't be there.

Seconds after you wake up
you're whole life is a frame of mind.

It wasn't fair, I'm aware and I'm ashamed
Waking up from the chair.

Back inside your fairy tale
keep me locked; feed the life.

I'm outside catching the life
I'm fine; save someone who could use it.

It wasn't fair, I'm aware and I'm ashamed
Waking up from the chair.

In retrospect I would have gone again.
I wouldn't resist the fact that I was sleeping and never had a chance; all in my head.
Don't be late but don't wake me up. I just made a time machine
I'm going to live the dream
I'm just about to make it right and there it goes again.

To The Liar

Written By: TJ Habibi

Elevator
You again
Dissociate and all is well again
You are from this strange dissent
We die off you live again
Girlfriend was a musician
I put in the time and effort not to give in
So I ask you one more time friend

Are you full of lies?
You can't look at my eyes
Everyone says that you can't shoot straight
I'm willing to give you a chance
But you're so full of lies

Aggravator
You again
Wash your hands and all is well again
This is not making much sense
I could see that you're so pretend
I could see inside all the pain you take inside and contain
I ask you one more time friend

Are you full of lies?
You can't look at my eyes
Everyone says that you can't shoot straight
I'm willing to give you a chance
But you're so full of lies

When you come out I'm not sorry
Only angry all the time

Elevator
You again
Dissociate and all is well again
You are from this strange dissent
We die off you live again
Girlfriend was a musician
I put in the time
I ask you one more time friend.

White Flight

Written By: TJ Habibi

Everytime I think about aproaching you it doesn't feel right.
I don't want to know what you're going to say...you may...you might.
Walking down the lane is giving me all this fright.
I turn around and you're drinking up on a Monday night
...dropped your cell phone in the toilet and it's nowhere in sight.
Don't lie to me; I didn't begin the fight.

Stop your dreaming.
I'm not sleeping.
I'm still breathing.
We can't lie.

How could that dude just abandon you in the middle of the night.
It must of been something you mentioned because something just isn't right.
Why can't you get your life to just take flight?

Stop your dreaming.
I'm not sleeping.
I'm still breathing.
We can't lie.

See

Written By: T.J. Habibi

On the road again. Looking outside just to find a friend.
Anyone looking around? I suggest to find me some day, some way.
Anyways, I can't complain. Everything seemed to be going my way.
I doesn't take a fool to see. It won't take long...
On the phone again. The very next day I was in the den.
You insist to put blame, but I tend to deal with things in another way.
Didn't take time at all. I said to myself, "I can't play this stupid game".
I hung up the phone.

(Chorus)
In the name of everything, I could see right through your skin

Home alone again. I'm amazed and because of them.
What you did then, what you you did now: It's a really long time but you really hadn't changed your mind.
Damn, I want to hold you close and take you back to the moment when you opened your mouth. Now what's the matter?
I thought you went to college.

(Chorus)

Lost In Orgasm

Written By: T.J. Habibi

Instrumental

Chair On A Wire

Written By: TJ Habibi

I don't look in the mirror
I'll kick you down onto Hoover Damn
The way it seems I've got nothing to lose
The way it seems I've got nothing.

I want to sleep with the lights on
You've got me wrapped and I can't see shit
But your candy tastes so sweet yeah.

Don't you wait for me
You're the one to take a piece away from me

(simple like that, could've been worse though)

If I could find another way I'd be far from where I lay
You're the one whose always taken a piece away from me
Watch my color fade to grey

I don't look in the mirror
I'll kick you down onto Hoover Damn
The way it seems I've got nothing to lose
The way it seems I've got nothing.

And that's the bet to face the rays on
But that's the best to turn the brain on
But I want to know what I've got to get my hands on
Cause I want to...

I want to leave your city
Your bone city.

Devil In A Blue Sky

Written By: TJ Habibi

I think it's about time that you run, that you run
With your two wives and your son's son's son
I've never been to your lunch at 1
Whatcha gonna do when your time has come?

You wind up where you want some fun
When you gonna know 2 and 2 is 1
Your hoochie once said I'm "the don gar gone"
Whatcha gonna do when your time has come?

(We'll we watching)

(Chorus)
Why you wanna be my devil in a blue sky?
Why you gotta be my devil in a blue sky?

What you only want is when you only want some
I know you win some but you've just lost 1
I know that you're a chump but I know you're not dumb
Whatcha gonna do when you're time has come?

(Chorus)

Discography

We Used To Live Here
September, 2011

Midi-Gritty
August, 2007

Seeing Double With One Eye
2004

Set List

Sets are generally 30 - 45 minutes of original material. The band has, by request, done shows as long as 1 1/2 hours (two sets of 45) which incorporated some cover material including The Police, Smashing Pumpkins, Hendrix and Tragically Hip.