Secrets: tells all in advance of SA tour [interview]

Secrets 2018 press photo

Cape Town, South Africa: so far, 2018 is delivering a mother load of touring bands to our humble shoreline. Another on that list is Californian metalcore band called Secrets, playing three dates in April.

Secrets Album Launch Tour

Secrets released its self-titled fourth studio album last month and has been touring it since. Reviews – and not to mention a listen – tells us that this is the band’s most monumental output to date. This can be attributed to a variety of factors; not least of which includes a few member changes over the years since kicking off in 2010. We asked vocalist and long-time member Richard Rogers about how this has affected songwriting and the band’s general direction:

“I believe it’s changed a bit. The biggest change was bringing in Wade and and Connor. All three of us work together so well and this new record is the first time we all got to sit in a room together and write. I believe we have finally organized the proper team and can’t wait to continue growing as song writers.” ~ Richard Rogers

Of course, this is not to say that changes come easy, as Richard’s longest cohort in the band and founding member Michael Sherman departed from Secrets in recent months owing to growing commitments at home. This album will serve as something of a legacy.

“Michael leaving was purely emotional. He’s been by my side since the beginning and, although we’ll always be brothers, it’s absolutely a bummer that I won’t have him on stage with me anymore. He was always the person I would adventure with and sort of like my tour wife, haha!” ~ Richard Rogers

Quinten Quist Konzertphotographie
Secrets – Michael Sherman leaping: photo by Quinten Quist Konzertphotographie

Entering new territories in 2018, physically and aurally

For present members, Secrets is conquering the world. Whilst the Northern Hemisphere, even including parts of Asia, is becoming familiar touring territory, 2018 sees conquest into the South. The band’s arrival in South Africa is the first time in the continent, and the Secrets album tour will include other Southern Hemisphere shows in Australia and New Zealand.

“I have found that the most passionate fans come from the most unlikely places. We can’t wait to see your country and play shows for/with you!” ~ Richard Rogers

Secrets continue to define a genre; blending metalcore with anthemic musical themes as well as an almost punk-rock upbeat sensibility; whatever the recipe, it’s just working to round up a growing following worldwide. Richard told us why the band waited until album number four to decide on a self-titled:

“We believe without a doubt that this record is the record that defines us, so we thought it would be fitting to release it as a self-titled record. I’m very excited about the styles we conquered on this record. I believe we’ll continue to go down the same path.” ~ Richard Rogers

Tour dates for South Africa include three cities:

Friday 13 April, Pretoria @ Arcade Empire – with support from Facing The Gallows / I AM / Crash Car Burn / OneDaySky

Saturday 14 April @ Sundowners – with support from Facing The Gallows / I AM / OneDaySky / A Fate Like Yours

Saturday 21 April @ Mercury Live – with support from Facing The Gallows / Go The Rodeo / Set For The Sky

Tickets prices range from R170 – R190 from webtickets and R250 at the door.

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