Secrets (post-hardcore band)

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Background information
Origin San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active 2010–present
Labels Rise Records
Members Richard Rogers
Michael Sherman
Joe English
Wade Walters
Past members Marc Koch
Xander Bourgeois
Connor Branigan
Michael Owens
Aaron Melzer

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 #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and became the first Velocity Records release to appear on the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #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 #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-Present)[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]

Band members[edit]



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 -
"-" denotes a recording that did not
chart or was not released in that territory.
  • "The Heartless Part" (2011)[23]
  • "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)


  • The Oath
  • Somewhere In Hiding
  • Blindside[24]
  • Ready for Repair[25]
  • How We Survive
  • Maybe Next May
  • Dance of the Dead
  • Rise Up


  1. ^ "Secrets Official Twitter status". SECRETSOfficial. Twitter. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Eric S. Page (16 September 2009). "Band Members Fight for Life After Horrific Crash". NBC 7 San Diego. NBC Television Network. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Duncan, Michael (23 January 2012). "Interview with Richard Rogers of Secrets". Rock Edition. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Kam, Chee (15 January 2012). "SECRETS Release Debut LP 'The Ascent' on Tuesday", Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  5. ^ Protomanni, Lauren (26 June 2012). "Interview with Secrets vocalist Xander Bourgeois and drummer Joe English", Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  6. ^ Timboli, Grant (16 August 2012). "SECRETS UPDATE ON SILYMI TOUR, LOSE BASSIST MARC KOCH". Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "SECRETS - Fragile Figures teaser (New Album Out 7/23/13)". Rise Records. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "SECRETS - Ready For Repair (Music Video) - "Fragile Figures" out 7/23/13". Rise Records. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "SECRETS - Live Together, Die Alone". Rise Records. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Fragile Figures - Secrets". iTunes. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Maybe Next May - MP3 Single". Rise Records. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "SECRETS - Fragile Figures (Full album stream)". Rise Records. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Bird, Michele (April 7, 2014). "Secrets release "Maybe Next May" video". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
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  22. ^ Jack Parker. "Secrets Drop New Track". All Things Loud. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  23. ^ Kraus, Brian (22 November 2011). "Secrets release new single 'The Heartless Part'", Alternative Press. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  24. ^ "Secrets post new video for "Blindside"". Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "SECRETS - Ready For Repair (Music Video) - "Fragile Figures" out 7/23/13". Rise Records. Retrieved 10 June 2013.