Today we present to you the story of a second-born only two years old. It’s about a band called Secondborn that was started two years ago by six musicians on a quest for sonic perfection. Daniel Pinner, Patrick Trumps, Stefan Hawkins, Tim Benson, Alex Daigle and Lee Gauthreaux had been touring for years with different bands before they decided to pool their talents and finances towards this higher cause. If you get the feeling from their name that they now have a second chance to do what they always wanted to do in a rock band, these fellas are grabbing it with both hands.
And they don’t mind breaking the industry’s unwritten rules to achieve their ultimate goal. Whereas a new band will jump at any chance they get to perform and get their name out, the sextet from Lafayette is not thinking about hitting the road. Not until they’ve chiseled and glazed their sound into a set of musical gems that are beyond reproach. The members’ dedication to what Secondborn is all about is seen in their willingness to dig into their own pockets to fund the project. Besides paying their own studio time, these rockers are footing their own bill for marketing. Which is bound to cost a pretty penny seeing as they aim to get the kind of attention signed artists receive.
After listening, and listening to the group’s debut EP ‘Symbols’ again, I can confidently say the quality of their work will speak for itself (do still keep the promotional stuff going, guys). Y’all won’t get to hear these six well-polished cuts till June 2 when the EP is officially released. But you can check out ‘When Lions Dream’ below, and then listen to me ramble on about selected tracks for the time being.
If you’re down with the blues, play this song over and over, absorbing every riff and syllable. Right from the door the furious guitars will flay your flagging soul back to life. Even before you hear such words of encouragement as “so take control, you’re standing tall, they hear you call…” There’s no let-up in the aggression in ‘Wolves And Hounds’ and the message in this song bears the same uplifting tone as in the one it succeeds. “Your time has come!” Pinner screams over and over as the guitar decibels climb.
Feast for post-hardcore fanatics
There’s a bit of a retro feel to the second number in the EP ‘Secrets’ though the tempo and song structure don’t differ too greatly from the rest. For this reason this EP might struggle to keep those who aren’t post-hardcore fanatics interested to the end. But the closer, ‘Kings Blood’, does have a few embellishments here and there that make it stand out.
Whatever little scruples I may have with Secondborn’s firstborn project, I’m sure they’ll have been straightened out by the time the second-born comes along.
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