The Wet Secrets are a five-piece rock’n’roll dance band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They play the kind of music you could expect to hear if The Stranglers piggybacked Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass through the Rose Parade: swampy basslines, primal drumming, dancing ladies with brassy hornstacks, keys, congas & vocal harmonies galore. “Free Candy” is The Wet Secrets’ deceptively sunny new album: eleven pop knockouts about death, disappointment, and doin’ it. On New Year’s Day, CBC Music listed “Free Candy” as one of the “Top Ten Most Anticipated Canadian Releases of 2014”.
As a lead-up to South by Southwest, The Noise Room is talking to bands and artists performing at SXSW. Here’s what The Wet Secrets had to say:
What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Heat, meat, and music, in that order. It’s been forty degrees below freezing lately in our hometown of Edmonton, and the Texas sun will be very welcome on our pale, cracked skin, as we scarf down the famous Austin street meat before, after, and during our shows.
Are you out promoting anything?
Our new album “Free Candy” just came out: eleven pop knockouts about death, disappointment and doin’ it, available worldwide on iTunes and Bandcamp.
Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
Definitely! But we don’t know who they are yet, we’ve been so busy with our own recent album release shows we haven’t even had a second to check out the lineup. It will be a huge, beautiful surprise to get excited about on the plane to Texas.
What are the challenges for you or your band when playing at SXSW?
We always want to get away from the festival and see some of the other sights Austin has to offer, but we have never yet managed to pry ourselves away from Sixth Street. Maybe this is the year we actually go for a dip in Barton Springs?
Do you have any survival tips for those attending SXSW?
Hats! Sunscreen! Water! Sleep! At least hold an image of these things in your mind as you down your pints of beer barefaced in the midday sun.
Are you more “stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene” or “play as many shows as possible then get out”?
We are very much into enjoying the festival and seeing other bands.
What are your SXSW Show Times?
Tuesday, March 11, 4pm, The Majestic: BreakOut West Party
Thursday, March 13, midnight, Friends: Official Showcase presented by BreakOut West
What is the best way for people to contact and connect with you?