Following up the 2014 release of home recorded album ‘Hot Bath’ which earned plaudits from online tastemakers DIY Magazine, YVYNYL and Don’t Need No Melody, SILVERBACKS return to the spotlight with the fuzzy, churning mastery of new EP ‘Sink The Fat Moon’. Another self-produced effort, it showcases the bands progression in just two years from bedroom auteurs trying to find their song-writing feet to genuine contenders for the Irish noise-rock crown.
‘Dirty Money’ is the bands’ opening shot – a rush of squalling guitars, thrashing drums and Daniel O’Kelly’s laconic drawl combining into a short, sharp burst of discordant NY-indebted rock.
Like most important things, Silverbacks started as a means of distraction for Daniel and Kilian O’Kelly, the songwriters behind the Dublin noise-rockers’ new EP Sink The Fat Moon. Formed for fun and a way of complementing their nascent degrees in Music Technology, any of the experiments they let loose found their way to lofty heights. ‘Atta Boyz’ , a scrappy recording done on an inbuilt laptop mic, landed them plaudits from influential lo-fi blogger Songs By Toad. Another single, ‘Fad 95’ impressed the likes of Don’t Need No Melody and Yvynyl, while a following post on DIY Magazine found the brothers fielding show offers and label interest. They forged ahead, adding bassist Emma Hanlon and later drummer Gary Wickham and guitarist Peadar Kearney to their lineup and refining their compositional chops. ‘Sink The Fat Moon’ is the result of their efforts. A buzzy, discordant five tracker, it shows off a maturity to the O’Kelly’s writing while still showcasing what made Silverbacks important in the first place. Guitars squall and drums thrash around Daniel’s laconic refrain in ‘Dirty Money’. Faint traces of Tropicalia sneak into the loose stomp of ‘The Great Father’. New York’s past is buried in the DNA of scuzzy thumper ‘What’s In Your Bag?. Tongue in cheek lyrics about their homeland’s place in the music world masking greater existentialism drives ‘Not Ones To Watch’. Finally, the dour, screeching ‘Holiday In Cambodia’ finishes off the EP in apoplectic style. As statements of intent go, Silverbacks are as clear as a kick in the throat.
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