Five piece alternative and indie outfit Tribe Society—based out of Washington Heights, New York—looks to build on their 2015 album release, Delirium Sonata, with their single “Secrets,” which is a part of the band’s recently-released album, We Sell Drugs.
“Secrets” has the typical slow but hard-driving and aggressive arena rock sound. Just like Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human.” And Bishop Briggs’ “River.” And Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” Well, you get the point. With this type of rock that is really popular especially amongst indie artists, it’s important that Tribe Society delivers a sound that is worthy enough of standing out on its own. Unfortunately, Tribe Society doesn’t do enough to accomplish that with “Secrets.”
Tribe Society does a good enough job to delivering that familiar rock sound. The song doesn’t use a lot of synths, instruments, and complex beats to build the song. Most of the vocals and synths, as well as the drumbeat especially in the chorus, use distortion to make the gritty and aggressive vibe for the song. It’s a lot of distortion though, and eventually the distortion becomes exhausting as the song goes on.
However, where Tribe Society falls flat with “Secrets” is pushing the excitement and energy levels to the max. The song sounds well enough starting with the first verse and the chorus, but Tribe Society doesn’t build on this as the song goes along. There is a small addition of a guitar in the second verse that has very little impact in pushing the excitement, and the chorus the second time around also doesn’t try to push to the limit. The chorus in general is catchy and tolerable but not explosive enough. There’s something with the chorus that is missing, and it sounds incomplete.
“Secrets” is undoubtedly a solid single by Tribe Society and I like it a lot. It’s just that when I line this song up with other songs that adapt this similar style of rock, I’m not too sure that it’s worthy enough of standing way out on it’s own.
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