The Silent Comedy - Friends Divide
Met ' Friends Divide ' heeft de band uit San Diego haar derde release uitgebracht. De band is opgericht door de broers
Zimmerman, Josh Zimmerman ( zang en bas) en Jeremiah Zimmerman ( gitaar en banjo).De muziek van de band is het best te omschrijven als een mix van folk, rock en Americana De heren van The Silent Comedy doen een paar dingen erg goed, naast geweldige muzikanten zijn de vocalen en harmonieën van een hoog niveau. Ook live staat de band haar mannetje op het podium zijn ze volleerde entertainers.
Voor begin 2016 staat een Europese tour in de planning.
In de maanden februari en maart krijgt het Europese publiek kennis te maken met The Silent Comedy. Na beluistering van de knappe EP ' Friends Divide ' heb ik geen twijfel dat ook het publiek in Europa gaat vallen voor de kwaliteiten van de band.
THE SILENT COMEDY INTERVIEW
What's the first song you ever remember hearing?
Wow, that’s a tough question! Me and Jeremiah’s parents raised us on a lot of blues and rock n’ roll music, so we heard a lot by the time we could remember.
When did you start composing music - and what or who were your early passions and influences
My brother, Jeremiah, started composing music as early as twelve years old. He negotiated for me to play with him over the years, and then I started writing songs around the age of fifteen
Do you typically write the lyrics first, or the melody?
I write lyrics first, then the melody. Jeremiah usually writes the music first, and the lyrics and melody later. In that way, we work very well together.
What is for you the difference between writing a song and composing?
For me, I write songs when inspiration strikes me. It happens like a lightening bolt, and usually the lyrics and melody come at the same time. Generally, I sing them for my brother, who composes the music around them.
For him, he is composing music constantly. At different points his lyrical compositions meet up with the music, and that becomes a song. He writes so many songs, that only a portion become Silent Comedy songs.
What makes you the most proud of the best song you’ve written?
Jeremiah’s song “Gasoline” is probably the song we are all most proud of. It was written about several very specific experiences in our lives, but is so universal that everyone can relate to it. It’s a very emotional song. We often experience very powerful emotions on stage when we perform it, and see that the audience feels many of the same things. It is a special experience to have one song bring a room full of people together in that way.
What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
We are generally a dark band. Our songs are largely about human failings and mistakes. We have some redemptive and hopeful songs in the mix, but the majority are about the darker inclinations of humankind.
If you have to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?
We usually call it Rock, Americana, Gospel, Blues… that is pretty much it.
How did you become involved in the type of music you play?
Jeremiah and I were raised on a steady stream of blues and rock n roll. Our dad even played rock music to us in the womb. That type of heritage gets deep in your soul, so by the time we had a band of our own, we were playing that type of music. Basically, we were born into it.
What can people expect to see at your live performances?
Our live performance is one of the most unique aspects of the band. We often start off with some more conventional Americana and Folk songs, then end up with a wild mixture of Rock and Gospel. You will usually see a lot of sweaty men jumping around, a lot of dancing, and maybe a few instruments being broken at a Silent Comedy show…
Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?
Here are some things people say about us:
“In live performance, [The Silent Comedy] grabs you (and everyone in the room) by the soul and leaps skyward with an ebulliently intoxicating, captivating passion...”
“Friends Divide does not disappoint. Although it only holds six tracks, including the hard-hitting single “God Neon”, Friends Divide is a deep album with interesting arrangements and a unique blend of Americana, Rock n’ Roll, Blues and Folk.”
“These guys play the soundtrack to the party at the end of the world...”
“The Silent Comedy is one of my new favorite bands. I love their live show... It's got rock and old-time religion as well as the ability to take you to a space occupied by only a few bands…”
If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up - who would it be? Why?
We have had a chance to perform with many amazing bands from Queens Of the Stone Age, Dave Matthews Band, Arctic Monkeys, Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, The Heavy, The Roots, etc… If we could play with our dream performers, it would probably be: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and a many others…
What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
To this point, Scotland is the furthest from home we have performed. We love traveling, and we can’t wait to experience more towns and countries!!!