The first seconds of “Feline” deceptively create a climate for the start of a solemn event, similar to a church organ before a “high mass.” Very quickly, percussion and then guitars change the climate. The song from Secret Lynx is far better suited for an Indie Rock performance at their hometown’s House of Blues than at a house of prayer. Secret Lynx is a four-member band from San Diego.
“Feline” is the title track from the second EP of Secret Lynx. Comparing the songs of the two EPs, the band is clearly taking a more up-tempo path. We agree with the description of the EP:
“With the release of ‘Feline,’ Secret Lynx emerge from the down tempo melancholy that permeated their 2015 self-titled debut and deliver a cavalier rebuttal to their first EP. While their new record represents an energetic shift, ‘Feline’ retains the lyrical angst and emotion that has become synonymous with their sound.”
The song is a nuanced blend of Rock, Surf and Pop. At times, the guitar touches upon Angels and Airwaves. For example, during the intro of “Feline,” a guitar with A&A influences dances atop a more Rock-heavy guitar.
The members of Secret Lynx are vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Dudek, guitarist/keyboardist Tyler Hardwick, bassist Jonny Doan, and drummer Kai Taylor. Again quoting helpful content about the latest EP:
“Combining influences that range from Tom Petty to The Shins, Secret Lynx intentionally set out to create their version of a rock & roll record. The opening track ‘Broken Rocks’ begins the EP with a driving bass line that eschews a punk rock simplicity, while subsequent tracks, ‘Feline’ and ‘On the Radar’ play to an earnest populism that speaks to the pains of growing up and out of relationships. The final tracks ‘Blindside’ and ‘Take Me Home’ combine anthemic guitar and vocals reminiscent of 70's stoner rock combined with early 80's post punk.”