Interview: We catch up with SECRETS

San Diego based post-hardcore band SECRETS are set to embark on an extensive world tour in support of their latest album Self Titled LP.  The band has confirmed dates in  USA, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and SE Asia.

SECRETS formed in 2010 and released their first studio album in 2012, The Ascent, followed by Fragile Figures (2013) and Everything That Got Us Here (2015)

The new record sees SECRETS traversing new territory. While staying true to their characteristic melodic energy, Self Titled LP is an exploration of sounds, tones and writing style. Produced by Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Issues, Dance Gavin Dance) the new record encompasses a bigger, more mature sound.

We caught up with them ahead of the tour to talk live performances and gear.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
We have a slightly eclectic sound that ranges from post-hardcore, pop punk, melodic metal and rock vibes – relatable to bands such as A Day To Remember, Underoath, Saosin and Pierce The Veil

Which three albums have influenced you the most creatively?
For me personally, I would say Homesick by A Day to Remember, Deja Entendu by Brand New and Define The Great Lines by Underoath

Tell us about the key pieces of equipment that you use to define your sound?
Kiesel guitars, positive grid amps for guitars and dark glass amps for bass.

Is there any “non-musical” ingredient that is essential to crafting your sound?
Good vibes

Studio work and music creation, or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
Performing and interacting with the crowd is a little more enjoyable.

What has been your most memorable performance so far?
Detroit Warped Tour in 2014 was one of the most massive shows we have ever played. It’s actually featured in our music video for ‘Dance Of The Dead.’

And which performance would you prefer to forget?
I can’t remember the date exactly, but it was SXSW in Dallas, TX and it just so happened to be my birthday. Everybody got me way too intoxicated and I absolutely sucked, haha.

If you could collaborate with, or perform alongside any artist, who would it be? And why?
Ben Gibbard or Adam Lazzara. It wouldn’t make sense at all, but they’re two of my favourite artists and I think it would just be a good time to hang with them.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be?
A chef

Trent Reznor once said “To me, rock music was never meant to be safe. I think there needs to be an element of intrigue, mystery, subversiveness. Your parents should hate it.” What are your thoughts on this statement?
I agree completely. He said it best, so there’s not much for me to add.

SECRETS live dates – tickets here.

March 23: Hard Luck –  Toronto, Canada
March 24:  Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
March 25: Rock Island Live –  Wichita, KS
March 26: Marquis Theater –  Denver, CO
March 27: The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
March 29: You Revolution –  Tijuana, Mexico
March 30: Cafe Iguana  – Monterrey, Mexico
Mar 31: Palindromo  – Guadalajara, Mexico
April 01: Gato Calavera – Cuauhtémoc, Mexico
April 13: Arcade Empire –  Pretoria, South Africa
April 14: Sundowners – Johannesburg, South Africa
April 21: Mercury Live – Cape Town, South Africa
April 24: Yugongyishan  – Beijing, China
April 25: Yuyintang –  Shanghai, China
April 26 : Voc –  Wuhan, China
April 27: Mao – Guangzhou, China
May 05: PULP SUMMER SLAM – Manila, Philippines
May 11: Crown & Anchor Hotel – Adelaide, Australia
May 12: The Evelyn Hotel – Melbourne, Australia
May 13: The Bald Faced Stag  – Sydney, Australia
May 17: The Small Ballroom – Islington, Australia
May 18: The Brightside – Brisbane, Australia
May 19: Whammy Backroom –  Auckland, New Zealand
May 20: Valhalla – Wellington, New Zealand


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