“I Won’t Follow” / “Hey Hey Honey” – Secret Someones (2014)

Posted: July 30, 2015 in 2014
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What happens when you take not one, not two, but three female singer/songwriters, who have each performed as solo artists and released their own albums, then add a steady and skilled session/touring drummer to form a rock band? The answer: Up-and-coming Brooklyn-based group Secret Someones which consists of Hannah Winkler, Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard, and Zach Jones. Be on the lookout for this band. The synergy created from their combined talents really works – strong songwriting, magnificent vocal harmonies, and high-energy musicianship. Three female singers with beautifully blended voices all sharing lead vocal duties takes me back the 90’s group Wilson-Phillips. The big difference is the Secret Someones are really ‘plugged-in’ with guitars and keyboards, delivering catchy pop-rock songs with a modern alternative edge. I love how they incorporate tasteful keyboard melodies and sounds into songs. A certain uniqueness, sometimes even quirkiness, comes out through their music but at the same time their full driving sound is comfortably familiar.

Their debut EP I WONT’ FOLLOW was released in August 2014 and the title track is an excellent representation of their musical strengths – like many great songs, it gets better with each listen. What soared Secret Someones to the top of my favorite new finds though is a song I found only on YouTube as a rough recording of a live performance from Brooklyn. The melodies, hook and unforgettable chorus of “Hey Hey Honey” have been bouncing around in my head non-stop since I first heard it a week ago. Every part of this well-written and arranged song simply leaves you wanting to hear it again.

I am excited to hear Secret Someones new single “Headfirst” which will be released tomorrow July 31st. I also really hope the decision was made by the band or their label, Cherrytree/Interscope, to record ”Hey Hey Honey” and include on their first full-length album. The band’s sound transfers fantastically from the studio to live performances. I keep sonically picturing how incredible “Hey Hey Honey” will sound with clean recorded production. Hiding with only 749 views on YouTube is much too lonely of a place for one of the best new songs I have heard in the past year.

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