Rock and roll dance band The Wet Secrets are mysterious, ferocious, along with industrious. And no, I’m not just spewing out my own opinion on the band here; these descriptions are taken right from the Alberta five-piece. Intrigued to learn more? Have a read at our new interview with The Wet Secrets, where we discuss usual band crap, quintessential songs, the inspiration of a spray painted shit van, and Aqua.
AMBY: Thanks for speaking with us today The Wet Secrets! What have you been up to lately?
The Wet Secrets: We have been busy with the usual band crap, lots of shows, a few videos being made. Tours most of the spring and summer and we’ve begun work on the next album. I’ve also been painting my house and trying for weeks to drill a large hole through my floor into the basement.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
The Wet Secrets: Paul: Savant, Emma: Mysterious, Kim: Ferocious , Trevor: Industrious, Lyle: Autodidact
AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential The Wet Secrets?
The Wet Secrets: I’m going with these three: Secret March. An older, fun, dance track, plus the reason we still exist as a band. Get Your Shit Together. It’s the imperative track on Free Candy. Paul’s keyboard chops knock this one out of the stratos, especially live. Animals in Disguise. A poetic song about fucking and as close as we’ll come to channeling Ape Man by the Kinks. Also showcases Kim’s ability to scream like a monkey.
AMBY: Having released your album Free Candy in February, what’s the response to the record been like so far?
The Wet Secrets: People seem to be getting to the dark nougat interior once they bite through the chocolatey shell. You never know if anyone will give a shit, so any ink we get I feel blessed. So far it seems to be overwhelmingly positive. The worst slight was someone saying we sound too Canadian. Fuckers!
AMBY: What was one of the best moments you had while recording the new album?
The Wet Secrets: Trevor casually calling up Joe Flaherty from the studio control room to pitch the Nightlife video. Discovering how multi-talented Emma and Kim are. It’s like discovering you’ve had a Ferrari in the garage the whole time you’ve been taking the bus.
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what’s the significance behind Free Candy?
The Wet Secrets: The original idea came from a rusty shit heap van in our neighbourhood that someone had spray painted with the slogan/warning Free Candy. That title has a nice ominous duplicity that suited this album, which was increasingly becoming a sunny album with a deceptively dank interior.
AMBY: Which other artists from Edmonton should we keep our eyes on?
The Wet Secrets: Renny, Jom Comyn, Calvin Love, Jess Jalbert, Camembert, The lad mags. The new stuff on NRMLS is pretty amazing. Our old sound guy Jason Borys has been releasing minimalist synth work with Jeremy Greenspan and performing as Borys. I’ve also been on a Kraaaang! kick lately. They are top notch oddballs. Also Gary DeBussy and The Switches. Probably a ton that I’ve missed. Paul’s got a new Whitsundays album in the can as well and it’s superb. Physical Copies, if they ever make physical copies will be great.
There is a metric dinkload of great bands and artists here, most of whom don’t tour so if you don’t dig for yourself you will miss them.
AMBY: What was your first concert experience like? Did it have an impact on your music?
The Wet Secrets: My first two concerts, in 1984, were Lionel Richie and Tina Turner at the Northlands Coliseum, and SNFU at the Polish Hall. The first was a monster tour in a huge arena. I was a kid and knew nothing of Tina Turner but I remember being completely jaw-dropped by Proud Mary. Up until then I had only heard AM radio MOR that my folks liked. The SNFU show was another mind smasher and kind of pulled me by the hair into punk rock. I got a guitar shortly after that.
AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014
The Wet Secrets: We are going to Germany in the Fall, plus a few X-Canada tours in between. I’m also quite excited about some of the tracks we’ve started for the next album. I’m so fucking proud of this album but I already can’t wait for everyone to hear the next one.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about The Wet Secrets that nobody knows yet?
The Wet Secrets: I sometimes put on Aqua’s greatest hits when working. I guess that’s a personal confession, less about the Secrets.
Thank you The Wet Secrets, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout