Saturday, 25 March 2017

EP: Secret Cameras - Secret Cameras

Secret Cameras EP

Info: Secret Cameras are a new London based indie band whose members in their previous projects have played up and down the UK, been on the Club NME Tour (ultimately headlining at Koko's), toured in the USA, and played at numerous festivals such as Leeds, SXSW in Austin (Texas), and supporting Suede on their comeback tour. 

Secret Cameras have recently finished recording their debut EP, which was produced by Fraser Smith (ex Shed Seven) and mixed by Dave Bascombe (Produced/Mixed Depeche Mode, Suede, Goldfrapp, Placebo, Courteeners).

The band have lately gained airplay on UK radio stations such as Radio X (Xfm), BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC London, Amazing Radio, RTE 2FM and RTE 2XM in Ireland and other stations across the globe.

Yes, yes, yes. I've been a fan of London four-piece Secret Cameras ever since sharing 'It Doesn't Matter' on one of our Playlists earlier in the year. This is indie pop rock at its most glorious and energising. 'It Doesn't Matter' strikes right at the heart of early noughties indie-rock, think Maximo Park meets Hard-Fi, but better, it's a crunching whirlpool of rollicking guitar riffs and percussion that leaves you fully satisfied by track's end.

Following that we have the darker-tinged, semi-electro, 'Going Places', Gary Numan and The National just had a baby people. Arching between pop sensibilities and grungey tones, the track is a powerhouse, and we're already dizzy. To calm us down slightly 'It's Never Over' comes along, again there's that dark hue, a meandering bass-line weaves between electronic drum beats and a swirling guitar progression.

Secret Cameras - It Doesn't Matter

'For You' opens with a delightfully snappy beat, normal service has resumed as Secret Cameras launch into another highly enjoyable slice of indie-pop, at times claustrophobic and chaotic, in all the good ways. Closing with 'When It Ends', any thoughts of a soft landing evaporate around the three-minute mark as the band slowly ratchet up the rhythm and pace, it's a proper indie stomper that you could easily imagine being remixed very well in the right hands. Ultimately we have a collection of six tracks which are nothing but gratifying, Secret Cameras feel like an act you would return to time and time again, and their debut EP is beyond impressive, hooked.

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