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Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up? 


Silver formed in summer of 2016 and still currently have the same lineup as when we started.


Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?


I gotten out of a different project that just wrapped up touring the country.  After that band dissolved, I started performing a lot as a solo artist for about 6 months until I realized I didn't like that as much as performing with a group. All the pieces fell in place, really.  With a little help from our mutual friend Spike McGuire.  He made some phone calls on my behalf.


How would you categorize the style of the band?


We're a very classic sounding group.  Combining lots of feels from the 60s through the 2000s, but it's 2019.  Can't help but be modern.


What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?


I try my best not to be that controlling.  Let 'em see what they want, we can only express ourselves. Could you imagine how anxiety inducing it would be if you thought of what everyone would think about everything you did all the time?


Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound?


We're a rock'n'roll band, so everything you think would be there is there.  Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Leadbelly, Nirvana.

But more modern stuff like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Raconteurs.


Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?  


It's a roller coaster ride.  Lots of different feels from classic rock, to alt-country, to 60's San Francisco, to blues, to 70s Heartland Rock. A lot more Beatles influence for me as a songwriter on this one than from our previous EP.


Where did record your latest release at?  


Pus Cavern in Sacramento, Ca.  Joe Johnston engineered Cake's first album and worked on the next two. He did a fantastic job recording and mixing this EP and the whole thing was just a great experience.  Looking forward to working with him again.


Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?  


This EP was self-produced.  We also produced our first EP but also took on the burden of recording it ourselves.  This time we hired out recording/engineering, but still produced ourselves.


Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?  


I feel like every band does unless it's all performed by one person. I think it's asinine to say that just because I wrote the lyrics and melody that I wrote the entire song.


How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?  


We all sit in our own pocket so much better.  We're more familiar with the band itself. Bands always take a little while to find their place, unless they have someone telling them what to do. So many egos involved, but thankfully for us, we all found out pockets in the band and it's all sitting pretty well at the moment.


Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?  


Life experience, but I don't consciously write anything.  I don't sit down with an intention of writing a song.  It all just pours out. But generally, I'm able to look back and connect the song to a life experience.  I suppose that is the most country-like aspect of my songwriting.


How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums? 

 

As a songwriter/vocalist, the vocal melody and lyrics are usually the first thing I pay attention to when listening to anything and are the first things I write when working on a song. So, I guess I'd say it's the most important for me.  Other members of the band might have a different thought.


What are your current tour plans, if any?  


We hit the road pretty consistently, but don't have anything major planned until spring/summer 2020.  We'll be covering some ground then.


Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?  


We put on a pretty high energy live show.  We feed off the crowd a lot though, so I guess it could go either way. We like to consistently hit with songs and not pause very frequently.  Maybe a couple pauses for some shots.


Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?  


Not in Reno!  We have a great trend of radio stations, even at the AAA level playing all artists in Northern Nevada.

Although I do think that it is important for a band to have a quality record and good songs before being considered for radio play, but 100.1 KTHX is a great AAA station in Reno that has treated us very well.


What do you think of the music industry right now?  


It's very interesting.  There was a point where bands without much cash were starting to catch up and you could break through on limited funds, but now it's back up and there are "major indie labels"...can you believe that bullshit?  Actual term I've heard speaking with industry professionals for this release. I've heard these "major indie labels" control most radio play in the country.  Unreal if you ask me, how are they any different from majors in the 90s?


Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?  


It just takes time and effort.  Lots of money and one of those ridiculous American Idol origin stories would be helpful too.


Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?  


The music scene in Reno is so vibrant right now.  I love it.  So many good acts that everyone should check out, I could make a list, but I'd go on forever...ahh what the hell: So Sol, Gina Rose, Outlaw Kindred, Buffalo Moses, Spike McGuire, Moondog Matinee, Mason Frey, Huckleberry Road, so many more to list. And great venues like Pignic Pub, The Saint, Cargo, Virginia Street Brewhouse, and of course the Pioneer Underground theater, where we'll be holding out EP release show.


Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?  


All the ones from Reno I mentioned.  And Travis Hayes, Killer Whale, and Sam Chase from the bay area.  And Willy Tea Taylor.


How has Social Media impacted your band?  


Yeah, it's a burden and another ridiculous thing to think about.  I couldn't even imagine what Tom Petty would say.

I watched an interview once where he was bitching about having to make music videos and he said something like "Great, one more thing to distract an artist."


Try social media Tom...rest in peace though, love that guy.


Where can our readers find you on the web?  


www.silverisaband.com

Instagram @silver_is_a_band

Facebook.com/silverisaband

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCke-8n8oDwEeIxWyAKi2N6w

and everywhere music is sold.