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East Coast Secondaries formed in Richmond, VA in the summer of 2008. Originally a composition of 2 former bands, Singer Stewart Hood and drummer Nick Boehm had previously met while performing in Richmond metal band “Even After Everything”, while guitarists Alex Powers and Billy Glynn as well as bassist John Torrance had performed with Richmond punk/ska band “TMI”. With this variety of musical backgrounds, East Coast Secondaries was formed with the intention of making music that was both fun to play and musically intensive. Originally planned to be a slower paced group, taking notes from other notable bands dredg and Rogue Wave, the band moved into faster, more driving music as they began to compose original music.
Postponing live performances until they felt that they had perfected the songs they had written, East Coast Secondaries took the stage formally in the autumn of 2009. These live performances were short lived though, with Billy leaving the group in early 2010 in order to pursue a career. Jonathan Clark was elected to take Billy's place playing guitar, and also contributing to backing vocals with Alex. By the summer of 2010, the band elected to enter the studio for their debut album. Long mastering time and artwork would delay the albums release for until the summer of 2011.
By the time the band's debut album “Windows Painted Black” was released, the band make-up had shifted again. Stewart saw his time as frontman come to an end at the end of 2010 when he left to go back to school. At this time, the band also parted ways with Jonathan. Aaron Armentrout was recruited to perform as lead vocalist for East Coast Secondaries. After failed attempts to find another guitarist, the band opted to continue on as a 4-piece. Additionally, John and Nick also took on backing vocal duties to fill out the bands sound.
With a debut album under their belt, East Coast Secondaries began composing new music and performing regularly again. Due to the substantial changes in the group since their album had been recorded, recording for an EP featuring the bands new sound began that autumn. This EP would never be realized, with Aaron leaving the group in early 2012. At this time, Nick took the reigns as lead vocalist, turning the drumming duties over to Jared Barnum. Billy Glynn also saw his return to East Coast Secondaries, returning the band to a quintet.
With a revised line up, East Coast Secondaries has made plans to incorporate the songs originally planned for their EP into a second full length album, with recording begun in the spring of 2012. A strong presence in Richmond for the summer of 2012 is planned to bring the band into the forefront of Richmond's music scene.