by Jia Ying Chia
Local pop-punk quintet Secret Signal landed the gig of a lifetime, as an opening act for Canadian punk rockers Simple Plan (90’s kids, we see you!) in Bangkok, Thailand. Simple Plan had announced a Southeast-Asia tour late last year, following the release of their much-awaited album ‘Harder Than It Looks’.
Secret Signal’s bassist, Bryant said that it was a totally different feeling from other shows they’ve played — sharing the same stage with the hugely successful band and thousand of fans in attendance, “One of the main reasons I started playing music is because of the band like Simple Plan. Growing up, I watched them play on TV and i as like, ‘Wow, I wanna be a rockstar, yknow?” he explained adding that the idea of opening for major bands like this always seemed far-fetched living in Brunei where platforms to perform are very limited.
Secret Signal has been diligently touring for the last few years across SouthEast Asia, Sabah and Sarawak, a move that has not only given them exposure to playing for different audiences but also allowed them to make the necessary connections in the music industry. It has definitely inspired the band to push further Bryant admitted. “I think after doing a show like this, it’ll help us get bigger slots in stages, bigger festivals. It’s things like there that will push you a step up. We’ve already planned for a festival in Kuala Lumpur this June and a 10-day tour in Indonesia in July.” he revealed of what’s next for Secret Signal.
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