Solo artists combine to form Secret Someones; pop-rockers from New York City at Knitting Factory Sunday

Secret Someones
The Secret Someones appear Sunday at the Knitting Factory along with Marianas Trench.

If you’re looking for a Secret Someone, this might be your lucky weekend.

New York City rock-pop act Secret Someones are on tour with Marianas Trench, opening for the Vancouver group at Reno’s Knitting Factory on Friday.

Formed from the NYC singer-songwriter scene in summer 2013, Secret Someones is Beth Rogers (electric guitar, vocals), Hannah Winkler, (piano, keys vocals), Lilly Broussard (bass, vocals) and Zach Jones (drums, vocals).

Before joining forces, Rogers, Winkler, and Broussard each were active as solo acts in and around NYC. They wound up on a number of East Coast tours, eventually backing each other’s solo numbers.

“Even though we were playing our individual music it felt like a band,” Rogers said. “After the shows, people kept asking us when we were going to start a band. After a few more tours, we decided it was a pretty good idea.”

Secret Someones’ sound is a blend of rock and pop, with some folk influences underneath.

“I think in terms of the instrumentation, it’s definitely got the ’90s rock thing, but also we like a lot of modern music too,” Rogers said. “We like Talking Heads and Radiohead and Kimbra, so we pull from a lot of stuff like that too.

“It’s got a ’90s rock base with a little bit of a pop edge to it. And songwriting wise, I think the songs, we just sort of strive to have a well-written catchy song. We actually did an acoustic version of our record…the songs work acoustically as sort of a folk thing or as a rock thing; it’s really just how we decide to dress them up.”

Secret Someones released their self-titled debut album on Oct. 2, and is touring with Marianas Trench in support of the record.

“It’s so great, we’re having a really great time,” Rogers said. “Marianas Trench is awesome and they’re like the nicest people ever, so that always makes a tour really nice.

“Their fans are so sweet and so cute, they’re really into Marianas Trench and they’re really receptive to us; we’ve been getting really great responses.”

Onstage, Secret Someones presents an audience-focused and vocally-driven performance.

“It’s a really fun lively show;” Roger said. “We like to try and really engage the crowd and jump around, get people moving and singing. I would say it’s a high-energy show. Myself and Hannah all trade off lead vocals, and then we all sing harmonies, so there’s a lot of switching and there’s a lot of things to look at. It’s just a fun rock, rowdy time.”

Marianas Trench with Secret Someones
When: 8 pm, Sunday, Nov. 8
Where: Knitting Factory
Tickets: $18-$30
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