May 31, 2012

Secret Colours: EP3

Chicago psychedelic space rockers Secret Colours are into slow songs drenched in echo with a bluesy backbeat. Their new EP3 takes a bow to Love, The Byrds and, of course,The Kinks - they cover their classic taxman putdown song Sunny Afternoon. Mixing West Coast and English pop they cater to the aging hippies and hipsters market in one big swoop.

Lead singer Tommy Evans is so sounding laid-back that he might as well have recorded his vocals while lying down. Margaret Albright adds well placed girlie accents. Stand-out tracks Faust, with an ice dry drum sound and reverb heavy surf guitar and bluesy Tender Pretender with delicate interplay between the twin guitars and keyboards are proof that the sextet can stand on their own in the retro pop scene.

Secret Colours:
Tommy Evans: vocals, guitar
Dave Stach: guitar, backing bocals
Dylan Olson: bass
Justin Frederick: drums
Margaret Albright: keys, tambourine, backing vocals
Nathaniel Wiess: keys, guitar, percussion

Secret Colours: EP3

EP3 is a self-released EP. Buy it from the band's website. Also available on multi-colored vinyl.

  1. Faust
  2. Legends Of Love
  3. Tender Pretender
  4. Carry My Soul
  5. Sunny Afternoon

Live dates:
  • 06/07 Norman, OK @ Opolis*
  • 06/09 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*
  • 06/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge*
  • 06/12 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern*
  • 06/13 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios*
  • 06/15 Oakland, CA @ The New Parish*
  • 06/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite*
  • 06/17 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom*
  • 06/23 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean^

* supporting Sarah Jaffe
^ supporting The Raveonettes

Video: Secret Colours - Faust


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