Secret Archives of the Vatican are a collective of musicians, based across the UK, but with main recording facilities in Croydon, South London. The band was formed in 1988 by Vince Millett, who was joined in the early 1990s by Louis Counter. They were influenced by the clubs of the Asian Underground scene and also by artists such as Transglobal Underground and Bill Laswell. The third core band member is Peter Sharpe, specialising in UK roots dub reggae. Ginger Shinobi has at various times been the band’s manager and on-stage DJ.
The band’s music is usually described as Transglobal Breakbeat Dub Science, as it contains elements of many genres: breakbeat, dub, dubstep, drumstep, triphop, drum and bass, Indian, Arabian and Turkish musical forms and much more.
‘…a honed instrumental force designed to crush unsuspecting dancefloors…’ The Groove Thief
‘…Some of those guys in that band are potentially old enough to be your grandad!’ Bobby Friction, BBC Asian Network.
‘CAUTION! DO NOT TURN UP THE BASS – your face will melt off your skull.’
Tom Gregory, drummer
‘It is one of the most solid bands in the whole scene, usually compared with Sub Swara or Chase and Status…’
‘…sounds that are pretty much in a world of their own.’
‘Reminds me of the scatty Dutch breakcore that used to make Mumma Splooge hit the living room ceiling with a pool cue, but yet mellow enough to be able to enjoy it without the aid of horse tranquillisers.’