August 10, 2007
The Wet Secrets re-release EP
By JESSE LOCKE - Sun Media

Even if they never really took themselves seriously in the first place, The Wet Secrets are now set to make their triumphant return.

The Edmonton five-piece was originally started as a side-project lark by Whitey Houston/Shout Out Out Out Out member Lyle Bell (aka. Ambrose Hamballs) and former Vertical Struts drummer Trevor Anderson (aka. the Chinball Wizard).

Roping in a few other friends for the ride, they wrote and recorded their debut album A Whale Of A Cow in a week, before releasing it shortly after their first show in February 2005.

From here, the group gained a sizeable reputation from its raunchy, rollicking live sets and set out to record a follow-up with Calgary's Diego Medina (aka. Pablo el Diablo).

The Rock Fantasy EP was finally released as a free online download on Valentine's Day 2007, with reworked versions of a few previous tracks plus new instant classics like Hep A Birthday.

"Because we were so proud of doing the first album in a week, the universe then decided to give us some karmic retribution," says Anderson, over a cellphone from Edmonton.

"It took us over a year to get the second one out there."

Nonetheless, as word of Rock Fantasy spread, the EP made its way around North America and onto the CBC Radio 3 charts, finally peaking in their No.-2 spot.

Unfortunately, this good luck inevitably came to an end, as the URL wetsecrets.com was discovered as a hot commodity, and then lost by the group.

"We had it for a brief moment of bliss, but it was too good to be true," laughs Anderson.

"Then we just told everyone, OK, the free downloads were only available for a limited time.

"That's kind of how everything in this band works, just making the best out of what we've got."

That said, The Wet Secrets are now back in business and are playing a comeback show at Broken City tonight, with their new keyboard player Doug Organ (no nickname necessary) in tow.

They also plan to re-release Rock Fantasy in a hard copy form this fall, with the addition of remixes by Cadence Weapon and Shout Out Out Out Out's Nik 7, plus the bonus song Hot Roller. Hallelujah!

"I really have a lot of fun playing these songs live, and I haven't played a live show in over a year personally, so I'm really looking forward to it," says Anderson.

"It's a party for us, and we're lucky enough to get to do it with a bunch of people in a bar. We have a party every time we rehearse practically, so we try to make our shows as fun of an event as we can."

Long-time fans and the uninitiated alike can look forward to The Wet Secrets' blood-red marching band uniforms and some down-and-dirty rock and roll, and should get to Broken City early to catch the opening sets from Calgary's The Grim Beat and good-time revivalists Gaye Rage.