Saturday, February 13, 2016
Live Review :: Secret Company :: The Garage, London - Feb 11 2016
The Garage, London
February 11 2016
Words/Photos: Jess Sharrock
Bands always come and go in London, frequently fading back into oblivion of the hustle and bustle of the big city. But it’s bands like Chelmsford's Secret Company who continue to make me, and countless others, fall in love with new, up and coming bands. They, like many other ambitious artists, spend their time making their way around many, usually small, (often slightly dubious) venues in hope of some recognition, but it’s their enthusiasm, talent and drive that shines bright to set them aside from the rest.
After eagerly awaiting to see Secret Company perform live for their first headline show of 2016, after a whirlwind of excitement towards the end of 2015 - including an appearance on Made In Chelsea - the day finally came and they definitely didn’t disappoint. Their sound, which I believe is quite hard to place within one music genre, is a wonderful mix of indie, alternative and pop-rock. The catchy melodies and well-written lyrics show these guys are here too stay and determined to prove themselves to the music industry.
I’m an avid believer that small gig venues are often the best environment in which to really capture the magic of a band, and Highbury's Garage always delivers, a great little venue (and ideally for me, not too far from home!). Tonight it provided the four Company members with a perfect opportunity to show off their talents and passion on a cosy stage to a full house, with a fun Thursday evening atmosphere.
For their first headlining gig, they were able to deliver what people wanted in what felt like a pretty busy, but still intimate, gig. Playing a mix of both new music, songs from their ‘Saviour' EP which was released last year, and of course, their current single ‘Picture’, the crowd definitely got what they came for.
Interestingly, they also played their own mashed-up version of Temper Trap's 'Sweet Disposition’ and a cover of Chris Malinchak's 'So Good To Me’ that was very well put together and professionally executed. Radio 1 Live Lounge soon, guys?
If you are new to Secret Company, jump on board and check out their current EP and for sure check them out live. It will be well worth it, I guarantee.