Vocals, Guitar / Tommy Evans
Guitar / Mike Novak
Bass / Max Brink
Drums / Matt Yeates
If you didn’t know these guys were from Chicago, you’d assume they’re a bunch of Brits, with their insanely Britpop-influenced sound and their unusual spelling of Colours, but the Windy City exports manage to capture the soul of the UK in the late ’90s/early ’00s and mix in a good amount of 70’s Psychedelia for a sound all their own. Ample amounts of fuzz and pop combine to sound something like if The Stone Roses and The Black Angels decided to mate, and their offspring is something to be cherished. With the release of Dream Dream, Secret Colours continues to craft a sound that reaches far beyond the city limits of their hometown of Chicago, IL. Heading back to Dripping Springs, TX and recording their fourth full length LP at Dandy Sounds Studios with engineer/producer Dan Duzsynski, Dream Dream relishes on the current level of the demand on society to rely on their screens, devices, and multi-media influence. Dream Dream takes its musical cues from indie, britpop, psychedelia, and garage rock, captivating listeners through a myriad of melodies that make up Secret Colours signature sound. Songs like “Changes in Nature” and “Pins and Needles” are homages to their influences while “Habitual Ritual” drives a fast-fueled charge of modern life while “Feed the Machine” delivers a pounding vibe of bass with an attitude of 70’s London.
Chicago’s own, Secret Colours released their first full-length “self-titled” record in August of 2010 to much critical acclaim with high praise from IFC, Nylon, The Deli, as well as countless blogs and alternative newsweeklies with acute tastes, a Pitchfork video premiere, and full-page profile in Chicago Reader.
They followed up with a series of digital singles, including a distinct cover of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
Returning to the studio in the summer of 2011, the band hooked up with Red Red Meat’s Brian Deck to produce a five-song collection titled EP3 as well as their second full-length LP titled, Peach. The release of EP3 in January of 2012 elevated Secret Colours’ maturity and secured their ability to hone their craft. With the premiere of their video “Faust” on MTV Hive and a strong endorsement in USA Today, the band is released Peach on May 28th 2012, a collection of distinct original songs that offer a trip into the minds and psyche of any fan of any musical genre. “A mixture of whatever you hear,” a limited edition Vinyl was released with cover art created by Stanley Mouse. (Grateful Dead)
2014 brought the band to Austin, TX, where they recorded their third fulllength, Positive Distractions. Recorded at Dandy Sounds Studio in Dripping Springs, TX by Producer Dan Duszunski, Secret Colours have taken a decidedly different direction with Positive Distractions– they’re relying much more on the live spirit that swells from the stage, but more so, the songs are unlike anything the band has put to tape over the course of releasing their debut Secret Colours’ self titled. Positive Distractions takes its listeners through a myriad of melodies. Songs like “Into You” and “I Know What You Want” are homages to their BritPop influences while opening song “City Slicker” has all the cool of ‘60s psych-pop followed up by “It Can’t Be Simple” complete with a jabbing organ. There is a parallel metaphor of evolution one could use to describe Secret Colours since releasing their sophomore effort Peach in 2012.
Back to Austin in 2016 to record Dream Dream with producer Dan Duszunski, Secret Colours continues to develop their signature sound. The album is a journey of songs that describe the current addiction to technology that has taken over their generation.