The backbone of Silver Spade’s music comes from the drums of Mikey Keeler, a small person with a big personality. Aside from his undying dedication to the band and to his instrument, Mikey’s extremely humorous and outgoing nature, as well as his famous ice-breaking line (“Check it out, SilverSpadeMusic.com”), will always have someone in a good mood. But when it comes to playing the drums, Mikey’s high energy translates into a solid groove and an entertaining live performance.
Joining Mikey in laying down the rhythm is bassist Ed Brandt. Ed’s relaxed attitude, unrivaled dedication, wide range of influences, and years of experience make him the perfect man for the job. Calm, cool, and collected, Ed brings a strong work ethic into rehearsal that pushes the boundaries of what Silver Spade is capable of. His sound and style provide a solid bottom end to the mix, and makes the bridge between Mikey’s drums and Bob’s guitar.
Work-oriented and competitive, determination is the name of the game for guitarist Bob Yapchanyk. Since the band’s beginnings in 2002, Bob’s priority has been to take Silver Spade as far as possible. From his speedy yet melodic solos to his musically intricate rhythms, Bob makes sure that musical value is never lacking in any Silver Spade song. Bob is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, and is constantly practicing and trying new things on his instrument, which always keeps the songs sounding new.
On stage, Bob, and his brother, frontman Rick Yapchanyk, put on quite an energetic show that usually includes audience interaction as well as trips off the stage and into the crowd. The one word to describe Rick is professionalism. Rick, who started Silver Spade with his brother and is the main lyric writer, treats the band like it’s his 9-5 job. And ultimately, that’s his goal - and he has the voice to achieve it. Rick, who was trained by a veteran Broadway singer, has one of the most unique voices in hard rock. Raspy yet operatic, Rick’s refreshingly different vocals are sure to turn heads, and his on stage antics make Silver Spade that much more exciting.
Silver Spade’s blend of chops and stage presence is something to behold at a live show, and is something that fans of rock and metal have not seen in over two decades.
Recently, Silver Spade has been writing brand new material with a brand new sound, which has been getting a great response from fans so far. The band plans to begin recording their new album this summer, and plans to release the album in early 2009.
Edited by silver-spade on 10 Jul 2008, 18:49
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