Band members Billy Stewart, Joel Forman, Tom Rooney, Jessica Mincher and Chris Stewart.
Band members Billy Stewart, Joel Forman, Tom Rooney, Jessica Mincher and Chris Stewart. Contributed

Whisper is no secret anymore

GYMPIE’S newest rock band, The Secret Whisper, released its first album, Le Jeune Amour, today.

The Secret Whisper was formed just over a year ago when five Gympie friends got together for “a journey of love”.

The band, made up of brothers Billy and Chris Stewart (guitar and bass), Joel Forman (drums), Jessica Mincher (vocals, keyboard) and Tom Rooney (guitar), is stoked with its first recording.

Band spokesman Joel Forman said the band had put many hours into getting the six-track EP right.

“Its incredible, we have worked so hard over the last year,” Forman said.

“We recorded in Sydney and had the CD mixed in America.”

The album was produced by Sonny Truelove and mixed by renowned American Michael Elvis Baskette.

Baskette has worked with world class acts like Incubus and Iggy Pop.

Forman said the first single from the EP, Cops and Robbers, was jointly written by the group.

“Billy normally puts down a guitar riff, we get together and then Jess will write some lyrics, from there it is a collective thing,” Forman said.

The male band members met at Gympie State High School, while the tall and stunning lead singer, Mincher, studied at Saint Patrick’s College.

Forman said they had been told the band’s sound was a lot like Temper Trap meets Jimmy Eat World.

He said they had a hint of Paramour to their sound but with a female vocalist.

“We combine female open and catchy vocals, hints of synth and piano, ambient guitars and romantic delays, loud bursts of classic drums and rich tonal bass lines to make our ambient rock sound,” Forman said.

The independent band has already headlined iconic Brisbane and Sunshine Coast venues such as The Zoo, Kings Beach Tavern, X&Y, The Villa Noosa and performed at The Great Noosa Campout Festival.

They are currently planning a hometown gig for May 27, but will play at the Zoo in Brisbane again on May 13.

“We are looking forward to our future. It will be great to see all the hometown support at our upcoming shows.”

The CD will be on sale for $10 from Gympie Music Land and Innovations Hair and Beauty in Mary St.

It can also be bought online at and at Brisbane independent music stores Rocking Horse and Kill the Music.

Gympie Times

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