I'll admit it, loyal reader. I hadn't heard of The Silent Comedy before the band's intrepid publicist notified me about the band. Hey, I can't possibly keep my finger on the pulse of everything...as much as I try. But when I heard this band, I realized the music contained something that intrigued me. In my first listen, I heard a little Tom Waits and a little Trampled By Turtles. Needless to say, I was sufficiently intrigued.
On this album, the band's Tom Waits influence is a lot less apparent, but the Trampled By Turtles influence is still pretty strong. There aren't many bands that can incorporate a banjo and still remain pretty rock n roll. I'd say The Silent Comedy does a fine job of that.
I know what I'm about to say will probably anger some people, but it won't be the first time I've angered someone. The melody and harmonies of "You Don't Know Me" remind me a lot of Flying Burrito Brothers. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this band is the second coming of Flying Burrito Brothers. But here's the thing. If you only had two words to describe a Flying Burrito Brothers melody, they might be "beautiful" and "complex." Well, that's exactly what "You Don't Know Me" is. It's a gorgeous layered melody with amazing harmonies. And it will get you thinking.
Perhaps the reason this band appeals to me is that it's hard to classify. It's a band that incorporates indie rock, Americana, and (to a lesser extent) gospel to make an infectious blend of sounds that ultimately is hard to classify. I can see where this band would draw some comparisons to Mumford and Sons, but frankly, I think that's pretty lazy. I think The Silent Comedy does things that are way more interesting than Mumford and Sons. Still, if you want an indie rock band with a touch of Americana, The Silent Comedy is a band you should check out.