Dublin 5-piece Silverbacks are today announcing their debut album “Fad” with a new single “Muted Gold”, produced by Girl Band (Rough Trade) bassist Daniel Fox.
Taking their cues from the taut rhythms and urgent drive of late 70s punk and the discordant, unpredictable freak-outs of NYC no wave, they craft a signature sound spiked with triple guitar riffs, a motorik rhythm section and on-the-pulse lyrics. New single “Muted Gold” also debuts today at Stereogum – with Silverbacks featured as their Band To Watch – who describe them as “a band with late ’70s art-rock and punk and ’90s indie in its DNA, all of it tangled and then burst back open by their three-guitar arrangements.” They go on to comment that their music is “a strain of art-punk-glam-slacker-pop that only belongs to Silverbacks.”
Singer guitarist Daniel O’Kelly comments on the accompanying video: “The video is loosely inspired by early Stereolab music videos. It’s a collection of clips from a few band outings we had near our practice space before the lockdown began. Fun fact, Peadar used to work in a bowling alley. Despite not having played in years he scored 192 on the day we brought the camera.”
Silverbacks – Upcoming tour dates
August 27 – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick, Ireland
August 28 – The Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland
September 01 – The Crofter’s Rights, Bristol, UK
September 02 – The Victoria, London, UK
September 03 – Network 2, Sheffield, UK
September 04 – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, UK
September 05 – Psych Fest, Manchester, UK
September 06 – Heartbreakers, Southampton, UK
September 08 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK
September 09 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
The band have independently released a string of singles produced by Girl Band bassist Daniel Fox, beginning in 2018 with Dunkirk and Just In The Band, each of which drew support on both sides of the Atlantic. 2019 saw the arrival of follow-up tracks Pink Tide, and then Sirens, which was part of a double A side 7-inch released with second single Drool by UK independent label Nice Swan Records in January 2020. These single releases were backed by festival appearances at Simple Things, Swn, Eurosonic and Electric Picnic, headline shows in the UK and Ireland and supporting Girl Band on their sold-out UK tour dates.
Debut album Fad represents the sound of a band trying to make sense of a noisy and disjointed world – one that competes for your attention at every turn. For them, it has come to be a symbol of what it feels like to try and absorb the world through both fleeting moments in front of screens, and prolonged obsessive periods filled with focus. They pull apart pop-culture in search of new meaning, whether it’s a nod to The Simpsons (Fad 95), imagining a lost John Hughes film (Klub Silberrücken), spiralling downwards into youtube deep-dives (Pink Tide), or making sense of youth culture through The Urban Dictionary (Grinning At The Lid). Much in the same way that modern life can be defined by its unpredictability, Silverbacks colourful, vivid and exuberant songs dismantle their source material and end up in places that you don’t think they will.
All over Fad are the fingerprints of a band clawing their way through the remains of the day, seeing what there is to uncover.
Daniel O’Kelly – Vocals/Guitar
Kilian O’Kelly – Guitar/Vocals
Emma Hanlon – Bass/Vocals
Peadar Kearney – Guitar
Gary Wickham – Drums
Silverbacks – “Fad” tracklisting