Remember when you first heard the sounds of Secret Abilities? Perhaps it was one of their earlier hits… “Decapitated” or “Long Way From Home”; and suddenly you were aware of music that reached out and grabbed hold of you – a lead guitar that soared to dramatic heights… a sense of tempo that invited you to dance or listen with equal appeal.
But maybe you’re one of the rare ones who haven’t yet caught the message, and this album is your introduction to the happening band Secret Abilities. If so, then you’re in for a genuine treat. For the Secret Abilities sound has established itself as one of the most persuasive in popular music today.
“Music To Break Up By” vividly exhibits why Secret Abilities is a band that is definitely on the scene to stay. They have a style, a feeling, and an approach which is distinctly their own, and, as a matter of fact, is practically impossible to imitate. And although Secret Abilities has a retro vibe, their songs are as modern and as “today” as a space walk. In addition, special mention must be made of that ever-present and built-in beat that characterizes a live musical performance by Secret Abilities. Whether they can be crooning a mournful saga of a lost or unrequited love, as found in the songs “Bad Desire” and “Heart in a Jar”, or melodically chanting a haunting tale of morphing into a blood thirsty, love driven beast with the tune “Werewolf Love”, or even howling for the release of a looming demonic possession in the Calvin Johnson (K Records, Beat Happening, Halo Benders) featured track “Creepy”, and lets not forget the bouncy revenge murder jingle “Blame Game”, there is always a surging drive about – a finger-snapping thing that has unfailingly enchanted the swinging young scenesters of Salt Lake City, UT and abroad.
Whether you may be a new fan or old admirer, prepare to echo the affection and respect for the talent that’s summed up in this heart-stopping album, “Music To Break Up By”.
"...attention to detail certainly can be heard on Music to Break Up By, but it still has the endearingly ragged edges and dorky energy that makes Secret Abilities such a fun band to listen to. Featuring vocals by Davin Abegg and the fabulously brassy-voiced Tink Safeer, as well as drums by Dave Todd and bass by Justin Behling, Secret Abilities' combination of pop-punk, surf and throwback rock & roll is the perfect accompaniment to the strange tales of Music to Break Up By." -Kolbie Stonehocker, City Weekly
“Secret Abilities has created its own fashion of pop punk that often draws sounds of ’50s rock and roll with its rolling bass
lines, fun lyrics and singer Tink Safeer’s crooning voice.”
-Brock Allen, KSL
released 22 November 2014
Recorded by Calvin Johnson @ Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia WA the summer of 2014