Since their formation over a decade ago, California-based metalcore veterans, Secrets have been constantly reinventing themselves with each release. Their new album, The Collapse is no different. Arriving four years after their self-titled album in 2018, The Collapse found the band spreading their wings and coming into their own more than ever before, proving that you never truly stop growing. The new album not only marks their first self-released album without a label, but it was also entirely self funded as well. With a stronger backbone than ever, it comes as no surprise that the songs that followed are some of their best yet.
Written throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, The Collapse found the band taking their time to learn new things and create music without a deadline. Showcasing their heavier side, The Collapse found the band chasing the sounds that excited them. With the album out today, we caught up with Secrets to talk about The Collapse and plans for the rest of the year. Read more below.
Prelude Press: You guys are releasing your new album, The Collapse this week! What are you most excited for fans to hear on the album?
Secrets: I just hope everyone enjoys it and can find some solace while jamming this thing!
The Collapse marks your first full-length release since your self-titled album in 2018. How do you feel you’ve grown or evolved as a band in the years between these albums?
In the time between our self titled and “The Collapse” we stepped away from labels and wrote/funded an EP on our own. Throughout that time we’ve learned to be self sustainable and stronger as a team and I believe that our growth and resilience shines through on “The Collapse”
The past few years during the pandemic, it seems like everyone has been trying new things or reinventing themselves. Was there anything new you wanted to try when you first started working on The Collapse?
That’s a tough question to answer, cause We were sort of thrown into the writing process because of the pandemic, so we didn’t necessarily have intentions of reinventing ourselves, but throughout the time working on the album we were learning new things about ourselves and the music we wanted to create as we were going, it was a very interesting way to go about it, but it’s pretty fun to venture into the unknown
Each of your albums definitely has its own distinct sound and The Collapse is no different – what did you want to accomplish with this album? Were there any sounds or themes you were chasing?
Not so much a theme, but we wanted to showcase our heavier side. We’ve never really made an album that’s consistently heavy all the way through. Most of our albums have had a lot of poppy aspects throughout and while “The Collapse” still features some of those sounds, this is our first album that hits this hard front to back.
Lyrically, was there anything you knew you wanted to touch on with this release?
There was only one song that I knew had to be written, because the subject matter was so important to us as a band as well as our fans. Check out “Fade Away” and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
What was the most challenging part of working on the album? What do you think you learned from it?
Probably leaving our homes to start tracking! Haha We were about to start a headlining tour and then the lockdown hit. After sitting at home doing nothing for so long we decided to start working on a new album since touring wasn’t an option. When it came time to actually travel again I had so much anxiety about going back to real life after being reclusive for so long, but you gotta make yourself uncomfortable to get the job done sometimes.
What was the most exciting or rewarding part of the writing and recording process?
Getting to work with our producer Tom Denney again, cause it had been years since we’ve worked together. We’ve all grown so much throughout that time, so it was nice to catch up and have deep conversations that really helped fuel the writing and tracking process.
What would you like for fans to take away from The Collapse?
Whatever they can carry.
Do you have any other big plans for 2022?
Touring, promoting “The Collapse” and writing.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for having us and to all the fans, thank you for sticking around. Much love.