Category Archives: Artist to Watch

SecretFangirls.com Interview We Were Sharks

We Were Sharks are heating things up ahead of their hotly anticipated album Lost Touch dropping on February 23rd through Victory Records.  We can’t get enough of the Cananadian group’s refreshingly bright and equally melencholy sound on the new album.  We got the chance to sit down with singer Randy Frobel during their headlining tour in Brooklyn, NY and he’s just as charming as you’d expect! We Were Sharks brought their high energy set to Gold Sounds Bar, showing NYC how Canada parties.

Watch our interview below and see what Randy’s favorite song on Lost Touch is, his must-haves on tour, and who caught him totally fangirling in Ottowa recently.

Be sure to pre-order a copy of Lost Touch on iTunes or Amazon now!

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Artist To Watch: Rayvon Owen

Rayvon Owen is pop’s newest It Boy for 2018 and rightfully so! His upbeat introspective tracks are a fresh take on life and love with his smooth vocals adding the true shimmer on everything he does.

Rayvon’s latest track, “Gold,” is about that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you first start to fall in love with someone. When asked about the track and his future EP,  Rayvon says “What better feeling do you have? Falling in love is such a beautiful thing. I love singing about love in general — the good and the bad — I write sad songs too, which will be on the future project too. You’ll kind of see the whole gamut. But in that moment, we were feeling good and thankful.”

Not only is Rayvon a pop superstar in the making, he’s also extremely active within the LGBTQ+ community, partnering with the Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, and the POINT Foundation.  “I was so afraid, being from the South and being black and coming from a more conservative area and growing up in an environment that is not very conducive to being gay or even questioning your sexuality,” Rayvon adds.  When he came out and shared the news with his fans, he said they were influential in helping in him realize he made the right decision, “I would get a message from someone who would say this helped me come out to my parents, or saved me from taking my life. And it’s just like- ok, this is worth it.”

You’ll be hearing a lot from Rayvon in the coming months as he puts the finishing touches on his forthcoming project which he says will put a lot of himself on display and let the listeners get to know him as a person and artist.  “People go through a lot every day and I think you can get really down when you’re only hearing negative things about what people are saying about you, or what people are doing to you. I think that the best thing you can do is to be yourself and I hope that people find that message through my music,” he says.

Listen to “Gold”  on SoundCloud below!

Grab a copy of “Gold” on iTunes and Amazon now.

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Jack & Jack Release Acoustic Duet with Olivia O’Brien

Jack & Jack just dropped an acoustic duet for their smash hit single “Beg”  featuring former tourmate Olivia O’Brien. The original track, written by Lauv, has nearly 1 million Youtube/VEVO plays and over 15 million global streams to date. That’s a huge accomplishment given Jack&Jack only released their major label debut EP, “GONE” a year ago!

“Beg” marks the first single for Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky to hit Top 40 radio and caught the attention of Z100’s Elvis Duran.  Elvis recently featured Jack&Jack on the TODAY Show as his “Artist Of The Month” for January 2018.

Watch the brand new video for the acoustic version of “Beg” now.

Be sure to grab a copy of “Beg (Acoustic)” on iTunes now.

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Album Preview: We Were Sharks – “Lost Touch”

Our latest Artist To Watch, We Were Sharks are hitting the road early in 2018 to gear up for the release of their brand new album Lost Touch on February 23rd.  The album is called Lost Touch but We Were Sharks haven’t lost touch with the genuine feeling and joy that pop punk brings to the entire scene.

“Beyond Repair” kicks off the album like shattering the glass walls surrounding the album.  Lost Touch as a whole shows the obvious personal and musical growth of the band from their previous releases and brings them to the forefront of the genre.  We Were Sharks are poised to take their rightful spot on the list of our favorite releases for 2018 so far.

“Hotel Beds” is a stand out track with the bouncey scream along chorus and contrasting verses.  However, “Stay” is the pinnacle of the album.  Lyrically and musically, “Stay” is the closest the band comes to radio perfection on the album which should be more than enough to push them through to Summer song playlist domination.

Broadside’s Ollie Baxter brings his sugary sweet vocals on “Late Bloomer.”  The track centers on the topic of keeping a hold on things you loved when you were young.  Ollie brings that something we were missing and really catapults the album through to the end.

Lost Touch is a solid listen start to finish filled with odes to the glory days of pop punk and sing along choruses.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for We Were Sharks!

Watch the official video for “Ashley” now!

Lost Touch will be released February 23rd through Victory Records.  Pre-order bundles are available HERE and include exclusive items like posters, t-shirts, and hoodies.  Pre-order your copy on iTunes and Amazon so you can sing along on tour!

Catch We Were Sharks on the road all February long with Belmont, Boys of Fall, and Sink The Ship! Check out the tour dates HERE and get your tickets while they last.

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Broadside Head Out On Silverstein & Tonight Alive’s Co-Headlining “Get Free” Tour

The Broadside boys might have taken a little break from touring but they’re back and better than ever!  The guys are heading out with Silverstein, Tonight Alive, and Picturesque on the “Get Free” Tour this January and February.   The tour is hitting cities across the US and playing some pretty awesome venues!  Check out the dates below and make sure you get your tickets HERE while you still can.

“Get Free” Tour Ft. Silverstein, Tonight Alive, & Broadside
Jan 19th – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Jan 20th – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Jan 21st – Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN
Jan 23rd – Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
Jan 24th – Grananda Theatre – Lawrence, KS
Jan 26th – Summit – Denver, CO
Jan 27th – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 28th – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
Jan 30th – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Jan 31st – Slims – San Francisco, CA
Feb 1st – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb 2nd – The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
Feb 3rd – Vinyl – Las Vegas, NV
Feb 5th – Marquee, Phoenix, AZ
Feb 6th – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
Feb 8th – Alamo City Stage – San Antonio, TX
Feb 9th – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
Feb 10th – Numbers – Houston, TX
Feb 12th – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
Feb 13th – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Feb 15th – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb 16th – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
Feb 17th – Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Feb 18th – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 19th – House Of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ
Feb 20th – Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Feb 23rd – Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Feb 25th – Concord – Chicago, IL
Feb 26th – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
Feb 27th – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Feb 28th – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
March 1st – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

Watch our interview with Broadside and get to know the guys a little better!

Grab a copy of “Paradise” on iTunes or Amazon now so you can sing along on tour.

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Album Review: “Camila” – Camila Cabello

We’ve all read the stories of that one member going solo to pursue their own music. Some flop and some float.  Camila Cabello, like her many predecessors, is most certainly floating right now!  Her impressive debut solo album, simply titled “Camila” clocks in a brisk 37 minutes of pure bliss.

While most of the narrative of Camila’s departure from having to harmonize with four subpar singers played out through 2017, she announced that she was releasing her debut solo album.  As the album started to take shape and singles were released, new music was spilling from writing sessions among other things forcing the original release date to get pushed back.

All of this gave Camila full control over an album that would introduce her to a whole new audience. The album title changed, the sound of album changed, Camila released her now platinum single “Havana”, and ditched songs co-written and produced by the slick-ricks in favor of a sound that’s much more Cuban influenced, and much more distinct to the rising star.

After 4 or 5 full album listens, there is not one track on this album that we would dream of skipping! Each track has its own story and Camila navigates her way through all 10 tracks, ranging from Latin infusion to wistful piano ballads like a pro.  “She Loves Control” is an early front runner for our favorite track. Produced by Skrillex, “Control” is definitely a “boss b*tch” track without being loud and in your face. It makes you want to hit the dance floor and what else – control it!

“Consequences,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” and “Real Friends” slow the album down on the back half, giving Camila a chance to fully wear her heart on her sleeve.  On the hauntingly hollow acoustic “Real Friends,” you can hear just how much LA takes a toll on someone who has a pure heart and desire to make those real connections that you can only find in those who stuck by you when you were at the lowest points in your life.

Camila’s ability to make you feel every emotion at once is on full display on “In The Dark” – easily our number one favorite track on this entire album.  “In The Dark” is where the real heart shines through asking “Who are you in the dark? Show me the scary parts,” you almost start answering her back because you don’t want her to keep wondering about you.

After forcing you to reach inside and dig deep, Camila closes her impressive debut album with a sultry synth twinged track “Into It.” This track makes us lose all control and dance like the weirdos we are, like nobody’s watching!

As a whole, “Camila” is a slow burn full of red hot tracks that could all very well be singles in their own right.  Don’t believe us? Pick up a copy of “Camila” on iTunes or Amazon and we dare you to not dance along!

Artist To Watch: Pale Waves

Pale Waves are a UK import of alt-pop force that will surely be one to be reckoned with in 2018.  Having already played a sold out MSG on their first tour ever (with none other than The 1975), this quartet is gearing up for a massive year!  Their dreamy sound is reminiscent of 80s synth pop with a hint of 2000s emo for good measure.

Consisting of Heather Baron-Gracie on vocals and guitars, Ciara Doran on drums, Hugo Silvani on guitar, and Charlie Wood on bass, Pale Waves just announced their first headlining tour for early Spring 2018 across the US.

The new tour is in support for their forthcoming EP “All Of The Things I Never Said” due out in February.  Tickets for the tour go on sale January 12th at 10am local time.

Check out the tour dates below and make sure you get your tickets before they sell out!

Pale Waves Spring 2018
March 19th – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets 
March 20th – Dada – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
March 23rd – Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ – Buy Tickets
March 24th – Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA – Buy Tickets
March 25th – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA – Buy Tickets
March 26th – Toubadour – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
March 27th – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets
March 29th – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
March 30th – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC – Buy Tickets
March 31st – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets
April 3rd – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
April 5th – Recordbar – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
April 6th – Ready Room – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
April 7th – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
April 9th – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
April 10th – Skully’s Music Center – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
April 11th – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
April 12th – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
April 13th – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
April 15th – Sonia – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets

Pre-order your copy of “All The Things I Never Said EP” on iTunes or Amazon now so you can sing along on tour!

Watch the official video for “My Obsession” below.

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