Echoes Of The Future 27 – Silver/Back/Club
North Wales is not renowned for producing musical gems but Deeside’s Silver/Back/Club may be about to buck that trend. Their eponymous début EP is three tracks of muscular, brooding indie rock influenced by the likes of Bloc Party and Editors. It piqued our interest so we caught up with the boys for a chat.
(((o))): How long has the band been together and how did you all meet?
Three of us (Adam, Dave and Gaz) have known each other through the local music scene for about five or six years. We’ve played together in other bands and previous incarnations of this band, and then we met Tom last summer. He became our drummer towards the end of last year, and thus we formed SILVER/BACK/CLUB.
(((o))): Where did you get your name from & what does it mean?
Once Tom had joined it became clear pretty quickly that we were going to start again with new material, hence we would need a new name. We decided to go on a “band bonding exercise” to the zoo. Whilst watching the majestic silverback gorillas in their enclosure, we witnessed one beating the hell out of another with a club, whilst two others were taking a slash in the corner. And from that we have SILVER/BACK/CLUB (notice the slashes, very important).
(((o))): Describe your sound for us & who would you say were your biggest musical influences?
The question all bands dread! We’ve had a few adjectives thrown at us: “Atmospheric”, “Strange”, “Odd”, “Retrospective but futuristic”…we just try to write simple rock songs with tasteful layers.
We all take some influence from the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Radiohead, Interpol, The Cooper Temple Clause…the list goes on and on.
(((o))): And what about non-musical influences?
(((o))): Music can be a fickle mistress, what is your biggest high & low as a band so far?
Biggest high: Listening back to our EP once it was finished and realising it’s not half-bad for a debut release.
Low: It’s hard to think of any since we’ve not been around for very long. In the studio where we recorded the EP, they had a Playstation and a couple of games. Naturally, we thought Tekken Tournament!…but then we realised there was only one controller. That was pretty grim.
(((o))): What one fact about the band do you most want to share with the world?
We love buses. All our best songs are about buses and how fun it is when they break down and leave Tom stranded whilst he’s supposed to be in practice with us.
(((o))): The old model of record demo-do gigs-get signed-make millions is pretty broken these days, what’s your plan to deal with this?
Our mums and girlfriends are gonna rally together and harrass every single record label, creating a bidding war the likes of which has never been seen! They’re so fed up of having to rush to get our teas out on time before band practice, they’d be relieved to get rid of us!
(((o))): We journalists like to use easy labels to describe bands, what’s the worst thing you’ve seen yourselves described as?
We’ve not been around long enough for any journalists to describe us as anything. Please feel free to be the first!
(((o))): We’re loving what you do but who’s floating your boat right now?
We’ve gotta spread some love for a couple of local bands. Falls – they’re absolutely mental, in the best possible way. And Doppelgänger – an amazingly big and full live sound, great harmonies too.
(((o))): What’s up next for you guys?
We’re just sorting out the physical release of the EP, the artwork is being designed as we write this! Then, hopefully, we can get together a little UK tour. Fingers and thumbs crossed!
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