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Release date: Monday 27th April 2015

Johnny Main

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one last secret

Kilmarnock based One Last Secret have had a successful couple of years as an unsigned band making waves in the Scottish rock music scene.

In case you've not heard of the quartet before, they released their debut EP, 'Hiding In Plain Sight' back in 2012 which propelled them into the limelight. A second EP called 'Warm In The Shade' followed in 2013 as the band toured Scotland throughout the summer including a sold out show at The Classic Grand in Glasgow, a headline slot in the city's O2 ABC before performing a homecoming set at the Darvel Music Festival.

The highlight of their career so far must surely be this moment, though, the release of their debut album. 'Restart' is an eleven song opus running to just under forty minutes long, which took more than twelve months to write and record. It's also been produced by the band themselves, making this a one hundred percent team effort. Describing their sound as "Rock Pop Sexy" they take influences from bands as diverse as The Beatles, The Sterophonics and McFly, which comes across in their lively and high-spirited sound.

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Kicking off with 'Sidelines', in which the intro of guitar and drums steadily builds to before things really gets things going in this straight ahead juanty number. The simmering guitar during the mid-section really gells the choruses together and it really is a great start to the album.

On the other hand, you have the music box intro of 'Ghost' with some effects obscuring the vocals during the intro before the drums from Darren James blast out of the speakers. It's a good mid-paced number with some sweeping guitar chords from guitarists Fraser McBride and Liam McNamara. The mid-section is James throwing out the beat with only vocals of front man Wesley Scott for company, which breaks up the song a bit, but nevertheless it's another good solid number.

'Hole' sees James counting in the beat before the guitar (and what sounds like a keyboard) intro takes the listener up to the vocal section. This track is a much slower tempo song, and it sounds a lot more epic with the backing vocals from McBride and McNamara really building up during the chorus. There are some expanses of sound here where the vocals don't appear at all, which gives the band a chance to really show what they can do. It's a really great song, though, and is certainly amongst my favourites from the album.

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The slower tempo continues too with 'You Took Me Away', which has the addition of an acoustic guitar punctuating the verses giving it a slightly different feel. Scott does really well here as he puts in one of his best vocal performances and the heartfelt lyrics come across well too, before the understated guitar solo takes centre stage.

'Touch' is, by comparison, a much simpler affair that brings the tempo back up. The guitar once again takes centre stage here as the incredibly catchy guitar riff along with an equally catchy chorus make this a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience, and subsequently, it's another firm favourite of mine. The simplistic feel continues with 'My Best Friend' which combines a simple mix of guitar and vocals before the drums and bass guitar kick in. There's another outstanding guitar solo here whilst puts in a great solo once again whilst James keeps the rhythm going with some inventive drum fills.

'Who Am I' has the instrument of the discerning musician these days, a ukulkele, added to the mix in another simple affair, but the track still manages to breeze along at a fair pace. The ukulele gives the song an unmistakable character but it never gets to the point of drowning out the rest of the instruments. Some simple backing vocals are bound to get a live audience singing, which could be fun but that's the point of this band, isn't it? They sound like they're having so much fun working together and this really comes across in their music.

'The Edge' has an intro of almost a minute and a half long giving a great build up to the point whet the main guitar riff finally comes in and it's almost a relief as the song finally gets going properly. There's another another easy to remember chorus here, and the guitar builds and builds as the track reaches its finale before there's a slow fade out as opposed to the track finishing on a crescendo.

Album closer 'Back To The Start' effectively brings down the curtain on the album, and it sees the band closing off in fine form. This track is pretty much like the rest of the album – a thoroughly enjoyable listen from start to finish and I'm sure this band have a bright future ahead of them and I'll be following their career closely.

You can see the official video for 'Sidelines' here:

You can see One Last Secret live here:
Friday 24th April – Broadcast, Glasgow (Album Launch Party)

'Restart' Tracklist:
You Took Me Away
My Best Friend
Not Really You
Fighting On My Own
Who I Am
The Edge
Back To The Start

One Last Secret are:
Wesley Scott – Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar
Fraser McBride – Lead/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Liam McNamara – Lead/Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Darren James – Drums/Vocals

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