From just this past summer until now, English band A Silent Film has soared up the popularity scale. With singles “Danny, Dakota and the Wishing Well” and “Harbour Lights” spending significant time in the Top 18 on Alt Nation, it’s no surprise.
Both singles are from the band’s most recent release “Sand & Snow,” which is chock-full of incredible music, including “This Stage is Your Life,” “Queen of a Sad Land,” and “Cuckoo Song.”
On Tuesday of last week they took the stage at The Shelter in Detroit to a much larger crowd than expected while on a co-headlining tour with Aussie rockers Gold Fields, also bringing along the lovely duo Carousel for support.
Gold Fields headlined in Detroit, and unfortunately it made it a late Tuesday night for some A Silent Film fans who chose not to stick around. But lately Gold Fields has been receiving significant attention for single “Dark Again (Lights Out),” which pretty accurately describes the band’s live performance. It’s physically very dark but the reason for that is, according to singer Mark Robert Fuller, that they want to provide a certain “experience” in addition to the music for those that come to see them. www.goldfieldsmusic.com
Carousel, while only consisting of two people, put out a surprisingly great sound and singer Jackson Phillips has a lovely mystical voice. www.carouselmusicpage.com
Since seeing A Silent Film perform last summer they really amped up their live show, which is something I didn’t think was possible! Singer Robert Stevenson and drummer Spencer Walker steal the show as far as energy and enthusiasm goes, but as the show goes on it’s easy to tell that both guitarist Karl Bareham and bassist Ali Hussain are just as happy to be on that stage, not to mention incredibly talented.
The following Friday all three bands stopped at Lincoln Hall in Chicago after A Silent Film did a taping at local music TV station JBTV.
Lincoln Hall was significantly larger than The Shelter and certainly brought a crowd to fill it! Some fun jokes and crowd interaction took place as well as some sing-alongs; “Harbour Lights” begins with two distinct phrases of “Oooh’s,” like a call-and-response, that the majority of the crowd sang back to Stevenson without even needing to hear the song first. I think that’s an indicator to a band that they’re doing the right thing!
After ending with “Danny, Dakota and the Wishing Well” A Silent Film was cheered back on stage for what seemed like an unexpected encore. It consisted of two songs: “Let Them Feel Your Heartbeat” and a lovely cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Streets of Philadelphia.”
Having been aware and quite honestly a big fan of this band for the past year, it’s very easy to see that they’re doing great things and will continue to do so while climbing up the music industry ladder.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the same goes for Gold Fields as well as Carousel; two exceptional bands containing talented musicians.