“The bulk of the last decade brought Baltimore’s hyper-color acts—the dance epics of Dan Deacon and the guitar spirals of Ecstatic Sunshine and Ponytail, or even the expatriate pop exuberance of Animal Collective—to the central streams of indie rock. Maybe it’s time to pull the shades: Maryland sextet Secret Mountains is a slow, subdued wonder, shaped by serpentine guitar lines that sigh and moan and busy drumming that sidles into the beat and shuffles around it. The surface is supplied by Kelly Laughlin, a singer whose muted alto seems wounded but resilient, like an autumn sun breaking through early morning clouds. This band is bound for bigger rooms.” Grayson Currin (Indyweek.com)
Secret Mountains have been well traveled through the east coast and midwest. Throughout the past two years they have played over 100 shows in and out of Baltimore and in August 2009 had their first tour which hit cities from the east coast to the midwest, USA. This past summer they completed an extensive two week tour through the heart of the south, including stops in Mississippi and New Orleans curving north from Florida up to Brooklyn, NY.
In the spring of 2011 Secret Mountains made the trek to Austin, Tx to participate in SXSW. Touring on the way down the coast they also participated in The Savannah Stopover festival in Georgia. While in Austin the band played 8 shows during their 4 day stay and was named one of SXSW 2011 "best kept secrets" by numerous blogs.
Their first EP, Kaddish was released on Fall Records in august of 2009. The band’s second EP, Rejoice was released on Friends Records in October of 2010. They are currently in the process of writing and recording their debut full-length being produced and recorded by Chris & Mickey Freeland (Wye Oak, Lower Dens, Oxes) in Baltimore, MD. The release is currently looking for a home and is slated to come out in the spring of 2012.