Secondborn is a self-described post hardcore rock band out of the Louisiana bayou country. If nothing else, Secondborn is a high energy rock and roll band determined to make music their own way. The band is a six piece unit made up of members of various other bands that “almost made it”. They are probably fortunate none of the previous bands did “make it”. It's the best time to be an artist in the history of the world...especially if you make popular music, if you are willing to do it yourself. There are no barriers to entry, but if you'd rather sign a deal with a major label, it’s kind of like a slave signing up with a plantation owner. The days of major label dominance are over and if a band has the creativity or at least be able to hire someone with that creativity, a modern band can create a loyal following and a lucrative career without the pressure and oversight of the major label overlords. In fact, I contend that the only way to make music that brings out an artist’s true vision is to do it independently. Major labels are in the business to make money. Period. If they don’t like what they are hearing, they will either make you change it or they won’t support you. I have known too many musicians over the years who got a label contract and either had to compromise their artistry or in some cases ended up with nothing or owed the record company in the end. In reality, the only thing a record label is good for is distribution of physical product and in music, there is very little physical product left.
Secondborn was formed in March of 2014 and have funded the costs of production and marketing themselves. They must be doing something right because they have over 20 thousand followers on Facebook and rival other bands with label affiliations in popularity. Their new EP “Symbols” is due out on June 2 and based on what this reviewer has heard, ought to help the band tremendously in reaching new fans and followers. The EP contains six songs and each and every track is a party in and of itself. The band’s style is reminiscent of bands like Styx or Fall Out Boy with a touch of Coldplay.
Secondborn is Daniel Pinner on vocals, Patrick Trumps, and Stefan Hawkins on guitars, Tim Bensonon on guitars and synths and the rhythm section is Alex Daigle and Lee Gauthreaux on bass and drums respectively. As long as this band continues to follow their own path, I believe they will continue to grow and continue to produce music their fans will enjoy.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.