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The Wet Secrets make pop music with bass, horns and band uniforms

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Edmonton band the Wet Secrets is an unusual animal in the indie rock band — they don’t have a single guitar in the band —  just drums, percussion, a horn section and lead bassist Lyle Bell, who also plays in popular Edmonton drums and bass powered dance band called Shout Out Out Out Out.The Wet Secrets play Lethbridge for the first time, June 4. Photo Submitted

“It’s rock and roll with a horn section and a lead bass and without any other guitars,” said drummer Trevor Anderson.

“ And we dress up in red and white, 1970s marching band uniforms,” he added.

 The band is rounded out by vocalist/ tuba player and trumpet player  Kim Rackel, vocalist/ trombonist Emma Frazier and keyboardist/ conga player and vocalist Paul Arnusch.

“We want people to dance to it or play it really loud in your car.

 They make their first visit to Lethbridge on Wednesday, June 4 in the middle of their first big Canadian tour with Vancouver band the Gay ’90s which takes them from Kelowna to Montreal.

“ We’re going to meet them for the first time in Kelowna,” said Anderson en route to the first gig of the tour.
 They have already toured the United Kingdom as well as an Eastern Canadian swing.
 They released their third album “ Free Candy,” in February.

 It was quite a process to get the CD out as they ended up scrapping the original sessions, which they recorded in between other musical endeavours several years ago, before recording it in Shout Out Out Out Out member Nik Kozub’s studio The Audio Department.

“We kept six songs from the original sessions, but completely rerecorded them. Then we wrote five more to match them to make up the full album,” he said.

While The Wet Secrets haven’t recorded with Kozub before, Anderson is used to working with him as  a film maker.

“I’ve worked with him for soundtrack music because I make short films. So we have worked together,” he said.

 They haven’t played Lethbridge before.
“We’ve never played there before as the Wet Secrets, so we’re very excited about it. We’ll be playing an energetic show of pop workouts,” he described.
The Wet Secrets and the Gay ’90s play the Slice, June 4.
There is a five dollar cover for the show, which begins at  9 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 June 2014 23:55 )  
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