Benjamin Stowe and Jamie Terry began writing and recording music heavily influenced by early sixties psychedelic and beat music in the second half of 2002. In September 2003, Stowe watched friend Sam Ford’s band perform at a local Perth hotel and, after the show, asked if both Ford and drummer Alex Board would be interested in joining he and Terry to form a band.
The name The Silents was inspired by Simon and Garfunkel’s haunting folk ballad The Sound of Silence. The name was also influenced by The Silence, the original name of Marc Bolan’s band John’s Children, which was one of the first psychedelic bands in the United Kingdom.
In April 2006 their debut EP “Flicker & Flames” was released by Rubber Records nationally, with the lead single Nightcrawl receiving large amounts of airplay on Triple J and alternative/community radio across Australia. They toured extensively with The Exploders in 2006 and appeared as the house band on Rove Live.
In April 2007 The Silents signed to Ivy League Records and toured nationally with The Vines and Red Riders. In May 2007 the band commenced recording new tracks for their debut album “Things to Learn”, which was released in March 2008.
In November 2007 the band released an EP titled “23”, containing the single of the same name from the debut album as well as two songs that weren’t included on the album and an older song, Window.
In November 2008, Board was replaced by new drummer Mike Jelinek. The following year was a rather challenging one for the band, as they parted ways with the Ivy League label as well as their management, choosing to independently re-establish the sound of the band with the new lineup, as well as work on new material for their second LP. The album, entitled “Sun A Buzz”, was recorded in an isolated part of the South West of Australia and in Blackbird Sound Studios in Perth in late 2009.
After the album was recorded, the band brought on board new management and embarked on a national tour with Tame Impala in May 2010.
News, tour dates and more are available on the band’s myspace page, www.myspace.com/thesilentsband.
Edited by mjelinekperth on 30 May 2010, 13:32
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