From: TX, United States
Genre: Alternative/Alt. Rock, Alternative Rock, Surf/Instrumental
Started in 2007, Secret Man was the brainchild of "Hombre"Adam Stafford-- inspired by his love of Spy movie music, Film Noir, Garage Rock and Twangy Surf guitar. After playing in a few other bands, and recording songs at home, (under the name Hombre Secreto) his friends persuaded him to start a band of his own. After playing together in another band with drummer "Madman" Mark Turner, they met local guitarist "Jackass" John Garza, and decided to start Secret Man, with the motto, "Have fun!"
Fueled by a mutual love of loud, fast, Garage-style Punk, Power pop, and (Old) New Wave, Secret Man worked furiously on their songs. Adam was very prolific and wrote songs about very different subject matters, such as Road Rage, love of Mexican wrestling, and about dealing with dark emotions and obsessions. Mark and John added their muscle and rhythmic style to forge a unique sound. By 2008 they were ready to cut their first album-- "The Soundtrack." Recorded mostly live in the studio, with minimal overdubs, "The Soundtrack" is a raw and exciting snapshot of a band having fun. Tracks like "Blue Demon" and "Telly" show the bands playful side, and instrumentals like "Secret Man Theme" and "Cruisin' with My Guru" and "The Chase" show the Spy movie and harder Punk influences mashed together.
The new CD is called "Clandestine Rendezvous"
It picks up where the band's first album"The Soundtrack" ended, but evolves and matures, taking many different directions using many musical styles, from Swinging and Surf-y instrumentals ("Shaken--Not Stirred" "Incognito") to Rockabilly ("Restless" "Gun Moll') Post-Punk New Wave ("Hot Pursuit") and Garage Rock ("Getaway Car"). Addressing themes of deceit, desires, and betrayal , the album loosely follows a concept of what it means to be a "Secret Man," with titles like "Cloak & Dagger" "Villains" and "Double-Crossed". However, the lyrics can be interpreted in many ways, to apply to everyday lives. Despite some heavy subject matter, the songs have a positive spin, and champion love to overcome all obstacles. Other songs reflect a lighter side, playfully drawing imagery from the hard-boiled slang of old detective movies.
"Sun Will Shine" closes the album with a happy ending
Adam Stafford - Vox, Bass, Guitar, Keys,
Oscar Laun - Drums, Percussion, Keys
Susan Gauntt - Backing Vocals
Gus Wanner - Acoustic Guitar and Bass on "Clandestine Rendezvous" and additional guitar on "Restless"
Recorded at SecretHombre Studios and G.O. Recording San Antonio, Tx 2009-2010.
Produced by Adam Stafford and Oscar Laun
Copyright by Adam Stafford