Secret Company are ready to step out of the shadows.
“We want our music to be heard” says guitarist James Patman “We are highly ambitious and are striving for the heights. We want to create awareness about this band because we love what we do and we're prepared to work so hard to make that happen.”
Chelmsford boys Secret Company are singer/guitarist Scott Revell, James Patman guitar/vocals, bassist Kushal Gupta and drummer Tim Reyland who formed in 2012 when Scott and James began writing songs in James' back garden shed.
James, Kushal and Tim all went to the same school where the nucleus of the band began but we’re missing still the focal point.
“We’d see Scott at various local gigs and he was a great front man. We were a huge fan of his band and thought he was cool.” Scott promptly left his band and Secret Company was born.
Their shared love for glorious melodies and acts like Jeff Buckley, Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon, The Killers, Supergrass, early Kings of Leon and John Mayer have shaped their sound and direction.
Two years of nonstop gigging, writing, rehearsing ultimately paid off when signing to So Recordings (Deaf Havana, Broken Hands, Dinosaur Pileup, Fenech Soler).
One of their early creations was the beautiful ‘Saviour’, the first single from their debut EP later in 2015 through So. It was immediately picked up by fans and commentators alike and brought them to the attention of the wider music industry.
The band collaborated on these early tracks with the likes of James Yuill and Dan Smith (ex Noisettes) to hone a sound and atmosphere to match their instant melodic appeal.
“Working with James and Dan was amazing” notes Kushal. “We brought the songs and the work ethic and they brought the experience and understanding of how to get the best out of the tracks. We learnt an awful lot from both of them”
2016 has seen them headline their first London show, appear throughout the summer at lots of festivals and support bands like Eliza and The Bear and Coasts who Secret Company feel a resonance with.
“I think as a band, we fit in well with today’s music,” says Scott. “We’re a guitar band with great songs. Bands like The Black keys, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys are doing well and they’re not just about guitars. “They like synths too and play amazing live shows. I think we’re a great live band too and there’s nothing like seeing people vibing off great live music. That’s what it’s all about.”
This year has also seen the band in the studio with producer Mike Curtis (Ratboy) to record the tracks for their debut album. These sessions initiated songs like the haunting ‘Holding On’, the uplifting ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Midnight Rush’ which was also released to critical acclaim earlier this year and gave the band their first airtime on Radio 1 with Huw Stephens playing it via BBC Introducing.
“It was amazing to hear ‘Midnight Rush’ being supported by someone so influential in new music as Huw” enthuses Tim. “We are absolutely chuffed with how the album has turned out too and can’t wait for our fans and the wider public to hear it in the first part of 2017” he adds.
The first clue to what’s coming next year will be the new single ‘Lightning Parade’, a thundering track showcasing the bands epic sound and Scott’s incredible range as a vocalist.
The various experiences of touring, recording and promoting the band have all helped create a well oiled machine now giving an added confidence to all four members of Secret Company.
“We’ve really learned a lot in the last few years about this business and the effort that’s required to try and make it to the top” acknowledges James. “We all have day jobs but our focus now is making our songs as best they can be and trying to put them in front of as many people as possible. If the fans like what they hear, then we’ll be happy with that too’
Let’s hope that 2017 could be the year when all their hard work finally pays off.