Secret Rivals are a four-piece indie pop band based in Oxford. Their split boy-girl vocals sing of fall-outs, secrets and despair, with hope and longing to put things right. Musically influenced by the sharp edges of The Cribs, Idlewild, Pixies and The Wedding Present, they produce a sound which has been described as 80s-synth-infused indie punk pop in the mould of The Cure and Los Campesinos with vocals likened to riot grrrl bands, Bis and Huggy Bear.
The band have played at festivals including Bestival, Liverpool Sound City and Wychwood in the last year to promote the 'Make Do And Mend' mini-album and 'Make Do And Mend (Part 2)' EP.
The single 'Tonight Matthew...' was Rob Da Bank's “Tune of the Day” on BBC Radio 1, while 'Once More With Heart' has received airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music, featured on numerous Sky Sports broadcasts, and had its video exclusively streamed on NME.com.
Secret Rivals first made waves with debut EP 'Start Fires', picked up for 6 Music plays by Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, and their energetic live performances have been seen on stages alongside Summer Camp, The Big Pink, The Chapman Family, La Faro, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Wilder.
The band's debut album, funded through a successful fan pledge campaign, is currently in production. The first single to be taken from it - 'Everything I've Lost' - is available as a free download from AmazingTunes on 24/09/2012.
“80s British punk sheen with catchy choruses and shared vocals between Jamie and Clouds, highlighting their obvious chemistry.” - BBC Oxford
“...forraged around in the Los Campesinos undergrowth, producing a series of sweetly-stabbing singy-shouty pop nuggets.” - Steve Lamacq
“Great band from Oxford. Indie guitars, pounding drums and soaring melodies that would be at home in the indie clubs” - Soccer AM
“Tune of the day” - Rob Da Bank, Radio 1
"Their split boy-girl vocals are reminiscent of Prolapse or Los Campesinos but a wee bit darker... The Cribs going on in there as well" - Gill Mills, Amazing Radio
“Power pop perfectness... The boy/girl shared vocals works well accompanying the punkish jagged guitars... Infectious and definitely worth a listen. Lots of listens.” - This Is A Popscene
“Energetic, open-hearted and pleasingly free of pretension. At this rate they won’t stay secret for much longer.” - Nightshift magazine
The Cribs, Idlewild, Pixies, The Wedding Present, The Cure, Placebo, Brand New, Johnny Foreigner, Los Campesinos!