Friday, 19 October 2007

"There's no sin in falling on your face every now and then"

The Silent Boys
The Silent Boys is a band that has been going for two decades, which is quite an achievement for any band! Singer/songwriter wallace Dietz, guitarist/bassist John Suchocki and drummer John Morand make the kind of music that would not sound out of place amongst the likes of Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Field Mice, all of whom indiepop fan Wallace counts among his influences. The Silent Boys wear their influences on their sleeves and you know exactly what you're going to get from them - jangly guitars, strong melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Woohoo!

Previously The Silent Boys have released two albums: Beauty Tips (2004) and Wishing Well Eyes (2006), which are both available to buy from CD Baby. The following tracks are from those (in chronological order) and are indicative of the hummable jangle pop throughout both quality albums.

The Silent Boys - Another Lifeless Soul mp3 (available for 7 days)

The Silent Boys - Sonnet Of The Sea mp3 (available for 7 days)

On their new album One Step Closer (since taking so long to release their first full length album, the Silent Boys boys have been positively prolific!), there's a bit of a change in musical direction - not necessarily all to my taste - towards a slightly more sombre sound but there's still plenty of those jangly guitars and honest lyrics to be enjoyed. The tune below is my current favourite from One Step Closer.

The Silent Boys - Sweet Victory mp3 (available for 7 days)

I'm not sure One Step Closer quite lives up to the incredibly high standards set by the Silent Boys' previous efforts, but it's also more of a grower. I like it twice as much now as I did when I first heard it and I suspect if you ask me again in a few weeks' time I'll be even more of a fan!

You can buy One Step Closer by the Silent Boys from CDBaby and listen to more tracks from the album. And you can visit their website here.

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