Can you please introduce yourself and what your role is in The Silent Years?
Josh-I sing in The Silent Years
How did the band all come together?
Magically and effortlessly
For listeners unfamiliar with The Silent Years, how would you describe your music to them?
I’d tell them to click this link and listen:
You have an EP coming out on July 14th called Let Go. How would you say that
this EP is different, if at all, from the previous album The Globe?
It’s summery and more fun
What song off of the new EP would you say you are most proud of? Why?
Madame Shocking because it is so different for us
Are there any plans to record another full length album after the EP is out?
What are your touring plans for the rest of the year?
We hope to tour more and have no plans currently
Do you have any funny/interesting/insightful stories from touring or recording?
One time a hole developed in Fabian’s jeans by his butt and we didn’t tell him
What would you say is the best part of being in a band? The worst?
Best part is playing music. Worst part is the ulcer
How did you get started playing music?
I sang a lot at 9 months old
What goals do you have for The Silent Years?
We would like to keep making good records for a while
The Silent Years will embark on a one month tour supporting their upcoming EP titled Let Go, which is scheduled for July 14th, 2009 street date.
4-May Visual Arts Collective Boise ID
5-May The Sunset Tavern Seattle WA
6-May Marilyn’s on K Sacramento CA
7-May Spaceland Silverlake CA
8-May Red Bull Air Races San Diego CA
9-May Santa Fe Express Fullerton CA
10-May Rhythm Room Phoenix AZ
13-May 8th St Taproom Lawrence KS
14-May Box Awesome Lincoln NB
15-May The Slowdown Omaha NB
16-May Subterranean w/ Tally Hall Chicago IL
21-May Abiline Lounge w/ Baby Shiver’s Boutique Rochester NY
22-May Mercury Lounge w/ Tally Hall New York NT
29-May The Basement w/ Chiodos Columbus OH
30-May House Cafe w/ Chiodos De Kalb IL
31-May Majestic Theater w/ Chiodos Madison WI
25-Jun Broadway Theater MIDWEST FEST w/ Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s Mt Pleasant MI
Sometimes when we listen to music we learn to let go, let go of our previous conceptions of what we like and what we choose to listen to on a daily basis. In doing this can we evolve our musical standards and learn to listen to things all across the board. This leads us to The Silent Year’s newest EP, Let Go.
“Taking Drugs at the Amusement Park” is the first track to lead off Let Go, with a fuzzy bass intro and pounding drums this song might mean pure ecstasy for any indie lover, but as the song progresses it is learned that they are just as much about pop as they are indie (especially taking into consideration the “da-da-da”-like breakdown).
This brings us to the aforementioned point, that sometimes we need to let go of what we think a band should sound like. Sometimes it is hard to border indie and pop at the same time, because it is such a niche (indie) compared with the ability to access any kind of listener (pop). This is something that The Silent Years have done very well for themselves. Songs such as “Vampires Bite The Hands That Feed Them” is pure indie gold (horns and all), while “Madame Shocking” is a song that shows single potential with a rising string intro evolving into a fun drum beat with charming effects throughout.
Let Go is a wonderful taste of what the band is all about, that they can be just as good at being fun and catchy, while being instrumentally sound and ambient as your favorite indie band. In the end it is hard to resist the catchiness of songs like “TV>BJ”, or the six minute long finale “Claw Marks” with it’s spastic movement between sounds leaves the listener spellbound and wanting more after the last note fades away with the white noise.
A very tastefully constructed EP have made The Silent Years a band to keep paying attention to in the future as they polish their ability to create tunes that will not only appeal to everyone around them, but also allow them to retain artistic credibility in the most critical of circles. Above all else Let Go features fun, vibrant, sing-along songs that will have the entire audience singing along.