I’ve mentioned before how my first show in the scene was Sleeping With Sirens. One of the opening bands on that show's lineup was fellow Southern Californians' SECRETS. The band was touring on their debut record, “The Ascent” and I’ve been a fan of their work ever since. Things have again come full circle.

In mid-January I was invited to spend a week in Oregon with SECRETS as they tracked their new record with producer, Kris Crummett. I've always loved being in the studio as a musician. I loved being able to see raw melodies and structures, shaped into their best form over time through collaboration and tracking. Documenting this process for someone else was an exciting first for me.

Within a day of sitting in, I could tell SECRETS truly pushed themselves to create this new record. Everything from the riffs, to screams to the clean vocals sound more defined, catchier and heavier than anything they’ve ever done. With Kris Crummett (ISSUES, Dance Gavin Dance, Sleeping with Sirens) at the helm, it’s another reason why they are a band to lookout for.

When we weren’t tracking, we avoided the cold at all costs thanks to a strange Portland snow storm. Between ping pong, burritos, billiards, watching fascinating reality TV, and taking tons of photos, I had a blast.

I won’t give too much away but I can’t wait for everyone to hear this album and to share more of the images we created in the studio. Here's a sneak peek with more to come!