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New Jersey’s best indie-rock band is actually a product of Brooklyn.

The Wrens have been churning out heart-wrenching guitar rock about Secaucus and the Meadowlands for the past 20 years — but don’t tell the group’s fan base in the Garden State, but the band’s front man lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Lead singer Charles Bissell has been a Brooklynite for three years, and the 45-year-old rocker claims he leads a quotidian outer-borough life.

“I’m that guy pushing a stroller around the neighborho­od,” said Bissell, whose quartet will perform at the Bell House on April 10.

That might come as a surprise to longtime fans of the seminal indie rockers, who recorded every note of their brooding — yet catchy — 2003 masterpiece “The Meadowlands” in the dining room of their one-time communal New Jersey home.

They’ll play the album, plus the three (yes, three) songs they’ve recorded since 2003, at the concert.

The Wrens at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], April 10, 8 pm. Tickets, $14. www.thebellhouseny.com.

Updated 5:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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