A six piece rock’n’roll dance band that plays the kind of music you could expect to hear if The Stranglers piggybacked Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass through the Rose Parade. Swampy basslines, primal drumming, dancing ladies with brassy hornstacks, keys, congas & vocal harmonies galore.
Formed on a dare by Lyle Bell, Trevor Anderson and Kim Rackel, the bass and horn-heavy group burst onto the scene with 2006’s A Whale of a Cow. Written and recorded within one week of the band’s formation, the album was a clarion call to anyone within earshot that The Wet Secrets had arrived.
“The most reliably ribald band in Canada.” - The National Post
2007 saw the release of the fuzzed-up full-length Rock Fantasy. CBC Radio 3’s fervent support of the track “Secret March” rocketed the song up the national CBC charts, won the band a Radio 3 Bucky Award, and brought on international acclaim. Festival touring soon followed, including mandatory stops at Austin’s SXSW and CMJ in New York, and the band played the opening slot at Edmonton’s inaugural Sonic Boom festival. Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio 3 named “Secret March” his #1 song of 2007.
After a hiatus spent focusing on other projects (Bell with Shout Out Out Out Out and Anderson directing his Sundance-selected films) the band released a deceptively sunny new album, Free Candy, in early 2014. Free Candy marks a dramatic leap forward for the band in both songwriting and attitude, with the addition of local psych-pop wizard Paul Arnusch (Faunts/Whitsundays), wunderkind Emma Frazier, and, most recently, the saxophone-swingin’ timbale tickler Christan Maslyk.
“Gritty, shambolic, exuberant, demented rock.” - Vue Weekly
Free Candy has been nominated for both Best Rock Recording and Independent Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. It won Album of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards, where The Wet Secrets also won Music Video of the Year for “Nightlife” starring SCTV’s Joe Flaherty. The band won first place in the inaugural Peak Performance Project Alberta, taking home the $100,953.00 prize.
The Wet Secrets have signed with Six Shooter Records for their upcoming album The Tyranny of Objects, due out in early 2016.
“The Wet Secrets are the best rock ‘n’ roll band to ever come out of Edmonton, and one of the best ever from Alberta.” - Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 / CBC Music
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