We guarantee you’ll instantly be hooked on the seriously catchy, hard-hitting rock sound of Canadian quartet Secondhand Habit.
The band, who hail from Victoria, on Vancouver Island, have harnessed the goodness of the 90s grunge era. Which means big catchy vocals, plenty of filthy riffing and cheeky guitar solos.
Latest single Soundwaves, which was released last month and is a bit of a call to arms for all musicians out there that are stuck in the grind. It starts off with cool little guitar riff, then palm-muted guitars support big catchy vocals that feed into a big singalong chorus “Just ride the soundwaves, Don’t lose faith you’re gonna make it one day.”
A second verse gradually increases in intensity with a bit of keyboard creeping into the background, then the second verse gives way to a huge guitar solo. The piercing guitar solo continues as we drop into a faster section of vocals “Keep on riding, Keep on fighting now, Don’t let the haters go and bring you down, Just say it with me go and take this vow, And in the end then you will take the crown,” then feeds into a big final chorus. Check it out in the karaoke-style video below:
The band’s infectious heavy rock sound is even more prevalent on the excellent Get Back. It opens up a cool looping riff that drops into a big catchy chorus with lead vocals answered by cries of “Get back, get back, get back.” That’s followed by another blitz of guitars then a verse of vocals supported by palm-muted guitars and little flurries of keyboard, then builds into another singalong chorus.
A quick verse is followed by a little rock out then a cool little guitar solo supported by backing “woh-oh” vocals, the pace drops down then builds up to a final blast of the chorus. Check out this super-catchy track in the video below:
And there’s plenty more where that came from with great tracks like Hey and Bad Habit, so go give the guys a listen. And, while you do that, we had a chat with the band to find out more, so read on below…
Who are Secondhand Habit?
SH: “Secondhand Habit is Jon Yellowlees, Jesse Turner, Skyler Wilson and Levi Megenbir, we’re from Victoria, BC, Canada. The band originally formed in 2010 and has undergone many iterations as members left along the way but our current form has been together for about 3 years now. We are all brought together for our love of playing music and performing live.
GR: You just released Soundwaves. What should people be expecting from it?
SH: “Soundwaves is a big epic rock tune we wrote while on tour about a year ago. It goes out to all the musicians out there stuck in the grind, we know what it’s like and sometimes you just gotta let the music take you where you need to go.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SH: “We definitely pull influence from the 90s grunge era, from bands like Nirvana, Soundergarden and Faith No More, but have also been compared to bands like Mastodon and the Offspring. Basically there’s usually some high energy guitar riffs, with heavy toned vocals, catchy rhythm and a guitar solo or two for good measure.”
GR: What inspires you to write music?
SH: “Every song we write is inspired by different topics whether it’s past relationships, the music industry, supernatural monsters or cats. One theme that always seems to come up while writing is time, but generally we just try to write songs that get the crowds energized.”
GR: Which bands/artists are your biggest musical influences?
SH: “Our influences are definitely all over the place, we named a few before but beyond that there’s Gojira, Black Sabbath, Red Fang, Killswitch Engage, Queens of the Stone Age, the list goes on and on.”
GR: What have you got coming up through 2020?
SH: “In 2020 we’ll be playing a bunch around Vancouver Island and British Columbia, we’re currently in the studio right now recording some new singles that will be released throughout the year with plans to drop a physical release sometime later in 2020.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about Secondhand Habit?
SH: “We love writing and performing our music and it is available through pretty much every online retailer so if you like it to reach out and shoot us a message, we always love hearing from fans and we never really get to know who likes it from the little play counter.”