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The Secret Show

Album: Impressionist Road Map of The West - February 5th 2007
Single: Lovers - February 19th 2007

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Introducing The Secret Show, founded by Matthew Davies, vocalist with Funeral For A Friend. They release their debut album 'Impressionist Road Map Of The West' on February 5th 2007, this will be followed by the single 'Lovers' on February 19th 2007...

In late December 2005, Matthew returned to his hometown in South Wales. Surrounded by family and childhood friends, his soul soothed by the sudden quiet of small-town life, he picked up an acoustic guitar and began to write. "I started messing around with these country songs," explains the 25-year old. "Just me and the guitar. They didn't fit Funeral For A Friend at all - and yet singing them felt so natural. By the summer I had an album's worth of material." Energised by his newfound creativity, Davies formed The Secret Show. It's a remarkable departure. Forsaking the post-hardcore intensity of Funeral For A Friend in favour of camp-fire choruses, rootsy mandolins and dustbowl vocals.

The album came together slowly, sessions taking place between Christmas 2005 and August 2006, whenever Funeral's tough touring and recording schedule would allow. Over the summer Davies relocated to rural Ogmore Vale, where the mountains and wide-open spaces chimed perfectly with The Secret Show's relaxed, pastoral vibe.

The result of his labours is a brave, emotive set of songs, shot through with a sense of warm classicism. Recorded with close friends, the album exudes a palpable feeling of community and comradeship - while the stripped-down arrangements showcase Davies' keening tenor as never before.

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