OF the many bands testing the wiring of South Yorkshire’s venues in recent times it’s been hard to pick one that might just blow fuses further afield.
The likes of Hot Soles, Wet Nuns and Hey Sholay are making big waves – the latter two with impressive releases recently. And in 2012 there’s been another less than mellow act causing something of a stir, both online and in the physical world.
A Season Of Secrets are young, hard-working, turn in a fine alt pop punk racket and virtual word is spreading ahead of their second EP, launched on the Corporation main stage on Saturday.
Guitarist Adam Wilcock describes Crooks as “a massive step” for the band.
“In terms of sound and structure of songs, we took a long time going through ideas and other stuff to end up with five tracks we’re incredibly happy with.
“It’s been a year since we last released material and I hope people are gonna dig it and understand why we’ve changed our sound a fair bit.
“Ultimately we all enjoy playing these songs – whereas with the last EP we wrote as many songs as we could in a short period of time and released them with no real thought.
“Somehow we’ve been pulling great crowds with an average EP.
“With Crooks being a strong record for an unsigned band hopefully it can take us further – and closer to where we’d love to be as a band.”
Born of family and friends of friends and casual beginnings, ASOS have already completed two mini UK tours.
“Looking back we just started because we all enjoyed playing music and it was something to do,” recalls Adam.
“If you asked us back then we wouldn’t have even imagined we’d have done the things we’ve done.
“Somehow it’s got real serious and there’s potential for something to happen.
“The key to us as a band is we work our hardest to promote ourselves and to get us out there in the mix.
“Also making time for your fans and just keeping in contact via social networking goes a long way; that’s something we’ve always enjoyed doing and pride ourselves on.
“We’re always on Facebook promoting our gigs, talking to people.”
The new EP has also spawned the band’s first video – youtube.com/watch?v=X8dQJe7wcXs&feature=youtu.be&hd=1 – drawing 1,250 hits in less than 24 hours.
All that’s left to ask is what is the worst secret this band has had and let slip?
“Off of the top of my head I can’t think of any secrets. We tell each other everything and know everything about each other.
“We do spend a lot of time together – maybe too much.”
Before the Corporation gig the lads will play an acoustic show at the Blue Banana store, Orchard Square, at 4pm on Saturday when you can buy the EP and tickets.