Secret Solution

Secret Solution

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Modern guitar-rock bravado and a super-tight spin on the streamlined grooves of old school funk and R&B laced with soulfully-sung whip-smart, lovesexy lyrics...say that 5 times fast and you got it.

Biography

While doomsayers lay dying in wait for the next 15-minute imposters to affirm their worst fears about rock-n-roll’s imminent demise, Minnesota’s SECRET SOLUTION (formally called FLAVOR) are daring to spread hope among the masses. As the band FLAVOR, they hit countless venues throughout the upper-Midwest, taking audiences on a crusade far beyond the clichéd confines of reality TV culture, yet still managing to clock in infectious, hook-heavy songs at a tidy three-and-a-half minutes. It’s the kind of song craft that’s led Minneapolis’ No Alternative Records to proclaim, “SECRET SOLUTION proves that the Twin Cities can produce artists beyond its already clever pop heritage.” In 2005 they signed with Blu Hammock Records out of New York and with the new label came a new name...SECRET SOLUTION.

For their countless fans, the leap of faith is really no big trick – SECRET SOLUTION’s fresh, dynamic sound melds a perfect-pop combination of both brains and balls. But the cuts are courageously deep, fusing whip-smart, lovesexy lyrics with modern guitar-rock bravado and a super-tight spin on the streamlined grooves of old school funk, R&B and soul. They’ve been compared variously to Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince, but with their Latin flair and knack for stylish jazz harmonies, the St. Paul Pioneer Press also hails them as, “a pleasant yet subtle divergence from much of the rock music that’s out there.”
That mix of genre-bending approach and universal appeal has found them opening for acts as wide-ranging as Edwin McCain, Jonny Lang, Dada, The Nadas, Little Feat, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, The Gear Daddies, and Joe Firstman, and their blistering live show has been garnering devotees at theaters, clubs, festivals and college campuses alike. They’ve racked up numerous accolades as well, being granted Best Rock Band by the 2004 Minnesota Music Awards (MMA). The MMA also awarded them Best Rock Album (for their 2003 release, “Red”) as well as nominations for Best Rock Band (2003) and Best New Band (2002). That year also saw them snagging a NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) award, Jim Beam’s “Band of the Week,” and winning Minnesota’s KQRS “Homegrown” contest.

Beneath the impressive luster, SECRET SOLUTION’s power-packed songcraft suggests years of introspection, exploration and fine-tuning. Indeed, vocalist/guitarist Wade Linkert and lead guitarist Alex Moreno have written together since their early teens, playing in a number of different bands. Originally a drummer, Linkert found himself drawn increasingly toward songwriting, and itching to bring his own material to both studio and stage as a front man. During a short-lived split between the two to work on stylistically distinct projects, Linkert recorded his first solo release, “Flavor,” performing all of the instruments by himself. He soon recruited bassist Ben Shaffer and drummer Austin Dingus to perform the songs live, and eventually re-joined with Moreno. They took upon what was to become a prolific co-writing partnership, penning two more studio albums, 2002’s “Red” and 2003’s “Genuine Flavor.” Linkert even managed to squeeze in another solo LP – “Behind a Smile“ – in 2003.

And SECRET SOLUTION shows no sign of slowing down. They’ve proved it with their fourth full-length effort, “Secret Solution,” which is due Fall 2006 and shows them honing their sound to both razor-sharp smarts and pop-accessible sensibility. With a passionate promotional knack, extraordinary musicianship and nose-to-the-grindstone ethic, SECRET SOLUTION possesses all the stuff of which rock-n-roll legends are made, redefining yesterday’s greatest trends while wowing mainstream audiences with forward-looking innovation and indisputable sonic brilliance.

Lyrics

Secret Solution

Written By: Wade Linkert

I’ll keep my secret safe
Nothing will escape
My lips are sealed around every word you say
I’ll keep you to myself
You and no one else
Only you can solve me
Make my troubles melt away
Solution…You’re my secret solution

Unwilling to share
Anything so priceless and rare
A secret just between us
A solution beyond compare
We do not know where we’re going
But ask me if I care
Because wherever it may be
I’ll meet you there

I’m swaying to the rhythm of your body wanting to make love
I’ve had a revelation
You’re my secret solution
I’m underneath you looking up
You’re staring at me from above
I’ve got a premonition
You’re my secret solution
Solution…You’re my secret solution

Whisper in my ear
Tell me what you would like to hear
I promise I will mean it
I will make it loud and clear
We do not know where we’re going
But ask me if I care
Because wherever it may be
I’ll meet you there

(chorus)

You absolutely intoxicate me
My vision is blurring
The room is moving to the rhythm of...
(chorus)

Solution...you’re my secret solution

Except Each Other

Written By: Wade Linkert

Love has got me down
Tied up and bound
Don’t know what to do
I pick up the phone
But you’re not home
Can’t get through to you

We’ve been holding on and holding hands that hold us down
How can we let go of all we have
If our hands are bound to each other?

Nothing will ever come between you and me
Isn’t that what we said and wanted to believe?
Is it an accident that we were meant to be?
Nothing will ever come between you and me
Except each other

Days are passing by
I’m asking why it had to come to this
Have I missed my chance at true romance?
Now it’s you who’s missed

We’ve been holding on and holding hands that hold us down
How can we let go of all we have
If our hands are bound to each other?

(chorus)

How can we accept each other?
If each of us holds down the other
Neither of us wanted another...another lover
Except each other

Nothing will ever come between you and me
If only we can accept what was meant to be
And accept each other
Accept each other
Can we accept each other?

Who's Tumbling Now

Written By: Wade Linkert

I have this overwhelming suspicion
I’ve never felt this way before
How can I feel so lonely lying next to you?
Scratching the surface I fear there’s more

You went with him and took a tumble
Guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles
Broken and bruised after a stumble
I try to do what’s right

Well guess who’s tumbling now

Now my imagination is spinning
As your lips are forming words
How bitter they must taste melting from your mouth
Next to me you lie unstirred

You went with him and took a tumble
Guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles
Broken and bruised after a stumble
I try to do what’s right

Well guess who’s tumbling now

Tell me what’s become of us
Tell me the truth if you must
Tell me now who I can trust
If you’re not the one

Guess who’s tumbling now

Discography

"Secret Solution" releasing September 2006

"Genuine EP" 2004 www.cdbaby.com/genuineflavor2

"Red" 2003 www.cdbaby.com/genuineflavor

"Behind a Smile" 2002 www.cdbaby.com/linkert

Set List

Sets are 1 to 3 hours in length and are usually 75% originals, 25% covers. More covers are available upon request and include:
Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Maroon 5, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, The Killers, Al Green, The Eagles, and more