Posts Tagged ‘Silent Mode’

Silent Mode on Soundcloud

April 18, 2017

Desert Rock from Farnborough, in Hampshire, UK. Saw them live not so long back and enjoyed ’em… trawl through back posts if you wanna check that review out.

Whoosh, riff not too loud, drums come in, builds… the song properly kicks in at around 30 seconds… I love the repetition of the guitars in the verses.  I love the spacey sounds (phaser I think, but if I say that its bound not to be).  I love that the lead guitar, such as it is… it keeps it pretty simple too.   Most of all they have a sense of melody that comes across most in the vocals.  That was Silent Mode‘s Gasoline.

Corkscrew starts chug chug chugging, simple drums… vox come in.  Simple, ticking along… what’s gonna happen.  Drums are picking up.  Shouting, thumped drums and a dead simple riff.  We’re back to chug chug chugging.  It’s dropped right down now, vox are back.  Its picking up again.  Chorus is back.  Shouting, thumped drums and a dead simple riff.  Definitely the ‘b-side’ of the two tracks but it’s good.

If I have two issues about the scene around here it’s this –

(1)  Writing any sort of memorable song or even riff ain’t easy.  You can make amazing music without being able to write a song that sticks in the mind like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”… but for most bands a lack of a greater sense of melody holds them back somewhat.

(2)  Most bands I like tend to sound wilfully single-minded in the furrow they plough, or they sound generic and modern.  The former I prefer, all music should be uncompromising… but all music should also be aware of the world in which it lives, and even if it is a baroque / ambient math-metal hybrid it should be aiming to sell 20 million.

I am not saying Silent Mode are the next big thing, or even that they’re my favourite band around here, but I’m keeping an eye on them.  They do have a sense of melody, and to my ears they sound like they’re prepared to work with 2017 not fight it head on, whislt not sounding generic.  Go check ’em out live.

Silent Mode Official Website

Silent Mode on Soundcloud

Morass of Molasses, Space Church, Grits, Silent Mode, Buffalo Club night at the Star, Guildford, 30th March 2017

April 2, 2017
As their set started I was worried that they were going to be pretty poor… but my concerns were soon found to be totally misplaced.  Band with most commercial potential – Silent Mode.  Is this down to age / look as much as sound?  Maybe, not sure.  The combination of a relatively modern sound and more stoner rock vibes makes for a nice combination.  Vocals really reminded me of Brian Molko… not everyone’s sup of tea but I have a bit of a soft spot for Placebo… and they’ve managed pretty darn tidy career.

Grits are a bit like Silent Mode – definitely a band that could fairly be described as alternative, whilst coming from a place that is probably quite straight-ahead rock too.  At times they remind me of the frantic energy of MBV at their best (for the avoidance of doubt this is very high praise coming from me), whilst not sounding much like them at all.  I’d love to know how that set was meant to sound compared to how it came out… chaos, falling cymbal, collapsing drums, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal, more falling cymbal.  Bit of luck I have a soft spot for amateurism and chaos – the band who I suspect might be the most technically gifted of the four on show really did come across somewhere between unlucky and clowns.  Not the best set of the night, not the best set Grits will ever play… and I don’t 100% get where they’re coming from.  But when they get it right they really get it right.

Space Church.  I swear they sound totally different every time I see them.  My perception was wonderful noisy all over the place weirdness the first time I saw them.  I love the album.  At the Boileroom recently I thought it was the sound that gave me a totally different perspective (no pun intended, still available on 7″).  Much quieter, more professional, more like a band who might actually want to be liked as opposed to really really not giving a flying anything.  They seemed to carry that back to the Star, sort of… maybe it was the venue / sound less at the Boileroom, and more them developing.  No idea.  Most interesting band on show, and one I’m actually finding harder to pin down the more i see them.

Really enjoyed Morass of Molasses – a sludgey stonery bassless heavy quite retro sounding bluesy damn fine thing.  Probably the band I enjoyed most, despite, on paper, perhaps being the one I’d think I’d like least.  Second time I’ve seen them and I think I’m getting them more.  But not enough to write much… I blame lack of shared reference points between MoM and WEM.

I really can’t work out which of the following statements is most true –
(1)  There are a ridiculous number of really good bands around Surrey / Hants right now.
(2)  The Buffalo Club guys can spot a band.
(3)  I love any old shit so long as its live, loud and a bit different.