Secret Colours, whom originate from Chicago, are an independently run group. A mixture of the old and the new, Secret Colours mingle rock with a healthy dosage of innovation. Only two members remain from the original six piece line up; Tommy Evans on vocals and guitar, Justin Frederick on the drums. Incorporating two new members and rounding it up to a quartet, Secret Colours have just recently released an EP, aptly named ‘Positive Distractions Part l’, which was released on the 4th of February. ‘Positive Distractions Part ll’ is due for release on the 29th of April. Secret Colours have graced the stage with the likes of Elephant Stone and Ringo Deathstarr.
The EP opens with ‘City Slicker’, a garage sounding number that exercises a riff sure to grab anybody’s attention. Their rock persona has tints of punk, not dissimilar to the band FIDLAR. From this opening song, it is clear that the band carry a particular air of confidence. ‘It Can’t Be Simple’ makes use of an American sport stadium type riff, which works surprisingly well in line with Tommy Evans’ vocals. At suitably fitting moments, sweetly struck guitar chords punctuate the organ-esque riff. ‘Take It Slow’, in accordance with the title, begins quietly and quaintly. Do not rest on your laurels though, for solo’s and shoegazed vocals puncture the speakers before the track finishes. ‘Get To The Sun’ is a psychedelic track, and in my opinion is the best track on the album.
Despite being a short EP, ‘Positive Distractions Part l’ offers a flavour of just how brilliant a band Secret Colours are. They incorporate classic rock features, such as solo’s distorted in foot pedal effects, whilst making use of newer techniques, such as repetitive indie-sounding riffs. Elements of psychedelia, punk and rock can all be found on the EP, merging together effortlessly into a refreshingly crisp sound. 8.5/10