OnlinePrintSecret Rivals are an Oxford based 4-piece indie pop outfit - Clouds (synth/vocals), Jamie Corcoran (guitar/vocals), Reece Chapman (drums) and Andrew Murton (bass guitar). They’re kicking starting 2012 with the release of their new single, the double A-side, Once More With Heart / I Know Something, the follow up to their September mini-album Make Do And Mend.
Once More With Heart kicks off with a relentless dance grind between the drums and bass, before the rest of the band erupt in a clash of synth and choppy guitar. Cloud's vocal claim, "I'll decide when you've had enough" during the chorus effectively sums up a band who have infused their sound with a confident, take-no-prisoners attitude to songcraft. The second track on the release, I Know Something, is more than strong enough to have been released as a stand-alone single, making it a worthy addition to this double a-side. Layers of guitar, drums and space age synthesizers are gradually built up, gaining momentum towards an explosive climax that will leave listeners satisfied and hungry for more.
The band previously signed to London indie label Kittiwake Records in January 2011 to release the single Tonight Matthew. The build up to this release saw them interviewed on BBC Oxford Introducing, before being invited to the BBC 6Music studios to talk with Tom Robinson. Their single was also played up by BBC Radio 1's Rob Da Bank, who named it his "Tune Of The Day". This garnered the band an exceptional amount of attention, which culminated in them sharing the stage with the likes of The Chapman Family, La Faro Summer Camp and Wilder, and also secured them a place at festivals such as Wychwood, Ley Lines Festival and Bestival.
Once More With Heart / I Know Something will be released via It’s All Happening! on 16th January 2012. With an already impressive back catalogue, the new single is destined to be another exciting milestone in the Secret Rivals' rise to prominence.