Secrets (post-hardcore band)

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Background information
Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Genres Post Hardcore * Metalcore * Melodic Hardcore
Years active 2010–present
Members Richard Rogers
Wade Walters
Connor Branigan
Past members Marc Koch
Xander Bourgeois
Michael Owens
Aaron Melzer
Joe English
Michael Sherman

Secrets (stylized as SECRETS) is an American band from San Diego, California, formed in 2010. After being signed to Rise Records in 2011, Secrets released their debut full-length album, The Ascent, in January 2012. The record debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and became the first Velocity Records release to appear on the Billboard Top 200, debuting at No. 185.

After going through line-up changes in 2013, the band released their second album, Fragile Figures in July. The album was a success, selling over 10,000 copies in the first month and charting at No. 59 on the Billboard 200 chart.[1]


Formation and The Ascent (2010–2012)[edit]

Secrets was formed from ex-A City Serene members, Xander Bourgeois, Marc Koch, Joe English, and Michael Sherman. The original line up of A City Serene soon dispersed after they were involved in a serious car accident, which left one member in a coma.[2] They reformed as Secrets in 2010, and added Richard Rogers as their clean vocalist and rhythm guitarist. The band was quickly signed to Rise Records imprint, Velocity Records. Though they initially planned to release an EP,[3] the band went ahead with a full-length album, The Ascent. This album was produced by Tom Denney, formerly of A Day to Remember.[4]

Secrets then toured heavily to promote the release of The Ascent. They toured with bands such as Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack!, and Escape The Fate;[5] They were also a part of the entire Scream It Like You Mean It Tour during 2012. During the middle of the tour, bassist Marc Koch left the band in order to focus on his school work full-time.[6]

Fragile Figures (2013–2014)[edit]

On April 20, 2013, lead vocalist Xander Bourgeois announced that he would be leaving the band, in order to focus on staying clean and sober. He also announced that he would be working on a new band that he feels will only succeed in his sobriety. He and Koch later formed a new band in late 2013, The Haven. On April 30, 2013, the band announced that their new vocalist would be Aaron Melzer, formerly of the local band Author and Finisher. Along with the vocalist announcement, the band shared a small clip of a new song off of their second album, which they recorded and released while on the Vans Warped Tour 2013.

On June 8, 2013, the band announced the release date for their second album Fragile Figures, would be July 23, 2013.[7] A new single, "Ready For Repair", was released alongside a music video on June 10.[8] A new song from the album, "Live Together, Die Alone", was released on June 25, 2013 as a promotional single.[9] iTunes preorders for the new album went up on June 30, 2013.[10] A new promotional single, "Maybe Next May", was released on July 5, 2013. It was also available for purchase as a single, unlike "Live Together, Die Alone", which was unavailable for purchase, and "Ready For Repair", which was available for purchase through an album preorder bundle.[11] Two promotional singles have since been released. On July 17, 2013, the album was released as an album stream, all songs on the album are available to listen in full.[12]

It was announced in late January 2014 that they would be on the Vans Warped Tour 2014 for a second time. A music video for "Maybe Next May" was released on April 7, and features fan videos along with a band video.[13]

Michael Owens announced via a Tumblr blog post that he has left the band on May 12, 2014.[14]

On May 15, the band posted a previously unreleased demo, simply titled "Unreleased Song 2014", to YouTube [15] This track was later revealed to be an upcoming track on the deluxe edition of "Fragile Figures". The deluxe issue contains three new songs and a remix of the song "Ready for Repair". It was released on May 27, 2014.[16]

SECRETS have toured with Asking Alexandria, The Ghost Inside (band) and Crown The Empire on the Europe and UK From Death To Destiny Tour in October and November 2014. They toured with Dance Gavin Dance, Alive Like Me and Defeat the Low on The Rise Records Tour from November to December 2014.

"Renditions EP" and "Everything That Got Us Here" (2015–2016)[edit]

In mid-December, the band was announced as a supporting act for The Devil Wears Prada's upcoming Zombie 5 Tour, along with Born of Osiris and The Word Alive for the first leg of the tour. The second leg they will be joined by Sleepwave.

The band played several single, headlining shows during early 2015. At the same time, they announced they had begun working on their third album. The band played Self-Help Fest on March 7, 2015.[17]

On March 19, 2015 the band announced they would release an acoustic EP, "Renditions", on April 7. The EP will include three stripped down songs from "Fragile Figures" as well as a new track "What's Left of Us", which was released the same day as the EP was announced.[18]

On October 3, 2015 the band announced via Facebook that Aaron Melzer would be leaving the band and that their new album was recorded with Wade Walters, who will also be touring with the band on their upcoming tour.[19]

The band released a new single, Left Behind, on October 14, 2015 from their upcoming album Everything That Got Us Here. The album is scheduled for release on December 11, 2015 with two release shows scheduled for December 11 and 12, 2015 in Southern California.[20] The music video for the album's second single, Rise Up was premiered on on November 10.[21]

On May 30, 2016 the band released a surprise new track, "Waste Away".[22]

"Self-Titled" (2017–Present)[edit]

In May 2017, the band signed to Made in the Shade records.[23] On September 1, 2017, the band released a new single, "Incredible". The release was accompanied by a music video for the song.

On November 10, 2017, the band released an additional single, "Five Years", with an accompanying music video being released on December 8, 2017.

In addition, on December 8, 2017, the band announced that they will be releasing their self-titled album, Secrets on February 23, 2018.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Richard Rogers – clean vocals, rhythm guitar, touring keyboards, piano (2010–present)
  • Wade Walters – unclean vocals (2015–present), bass (2015–2016)
  • Connor Branigan – bass (2014–present), rhythm guitar (2015–2016), touring member (2014–2016)
Former members
  • Xander Bourgeois – unclean vocals (2010-2013, Now in The Haven)
  • Marc Koch – bass (2010-2012, Now in The Haven)
  • Michael Owens – bass (2012-2014)
  • Aaron Melzer - unclean vocals (2013-2015), backing clean vocals (2013-2015)
  • Joe English – drums, percussion (2010-2016)
  • Michael Sherman – lead guitar (2010–2018)
Current touring members
  • Tyre Outerbridge - drums, percussion (2016-present)
Former touring musician
  • Tim Trad – bass (2014)


Studio albums
Year Album Labels Chart positions
US US Indie US Heat
2012 The Ascent Rise 185 - 3
2013 Fragile Figures 59 13 -
2015 Everything That Got Us Here - 20 -
2018 Secrets MITS - 44 -
"-" denotes a recording that did not
chart or was not released in that territory.
  • "The Heartless Part" (2011)[24]
  • "The Oath" (2012)
  • "Somewhere in Hiding" (2012)
  • "Blindside" (2012)
  • "Ass Back Home (Gym Class Heroes cover) - Punk Goes Pop 5" (2012)
  • "Ready for Repair" (2013)
  • "Live Together, Die Alone" (2013)
  • "Maybe Next May" (2013)
  • "Left Behind" (2015)
  • "Rise Up" (2015)
  • "Waste Away" (2016)
  • "Shape of You (Ed Sheeran cover)" (2017)
  • "Incredible" (2017)
  • "Five Years" (2017)
  • "Last Time" (2018)


  • The Oath
  • Somewhere in Hiding
  • Blindside[25]
  • Ready for Repair[26]
  • How We Survive
  • Maybe Next May
  • Dance of the Dead
  • Rise Up
  • Incredible[27]
  • Five Years [28]


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  2. ^ Eric S. Page (September 16, 2009). "Band Members Fight for Life After Horrific Crash". NBC 7 San Diego. NBC Television Network. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Duncan, Michael (January 23, 2012). "Interview with Richard Rogers of Secrets". Rock Edition. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kam, Chee (January 15, 2012). "SECRETS Release Debut LP 'The Ascent' on Tuesday", Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Protomanni, Lauren (June 26, 2012). "Interview with Secrets vocalist Xander Bourgeois and drummer Joe English", Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Timboli, Grant (August 16, 2012). "SECRETS UPDATE ON SILYMI TOUR, LOSE BASSIST MARC KOCH". Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "SECRETS - Fragile Figures teaser (New Album Out 7/23/13)". Rise Records. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "SECRETS - Ready For Repair (Music Video) - "Fragile Figures" out 7/23/13". Rise Records. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "SECRETS - Live Together, Die Alone". Rise Records. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Fragile Figures - Secrets". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Maybe Next May - MP3 Single". Rise Records. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "SECRETS - Fragile Figures (Full album stream)". Rise Records. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ Bird, Michele (April 7, 2014). "Secrets release "Maybe Next May" video". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "New Secrets song surfaces online - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Secrets stream 'Fragile Figures' (Deluxe Edition) tracks - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Self Help 2015 Festival Recap with Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Real Friends, more - APTV - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Secrets announce acoustic EP, 'Renditions,' produced by Saosin guitarist - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Secrets announce new album, stream lead single - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Alt-Rockers Secrets Get in the Ring for New 'Rise Up' Video: Exclusive Premiere". Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  22. ^ Jack Parker. "Secrets Drop New Track". All Things Loud. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Secrets - Made In The Shade Records". Made In The Shade Records. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  24. ^ Kraus, Brian (November 22, 2011). "Secrets release new single 'The Heartless Part'", Alternative Press. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  25. ^ "Secrets post new video for "Blindside"". Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  26. ^ "SECRETS - Ready For Repair (Music Video) - "Fragile Figures" out 7/23/13". Rise Records. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  27. ^ "SECRETS - Incredible (Official Music Video)". Shade Records. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  28. ^ "SECRETS release intense music video for "Five Years," announce new album in 2018". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 8, 2017.