Dublin band Silverbacks have been generating a lot of interest over the last 18 months, and rightly so. They’ve released a stream of singles which have an energetic pulse reminiscent of late 70s punk and the short-lived but no less important, New York no wave movement.
‘Fad’ is their debut full length album and it comes with the confidence and self-assuredness that would usually only come from a band that’s been making records for years.
Their single, ‘Dunkirk’, is an Iggy-pop inspired three minutes of art-rock, with changing, spidery triple guitar riffs. It’s already been featured on BBC’s 6 Music and rightly so. The Iggy Pop inspiration doesn’t stop there on the album either. ‘Just In The Band’ draws on tales of Bowie and Iggy Pop’s friendship while vocalist Daniel O’Kelly delivers his lines with aplomb.
The band have a lot to say on this album and they say it well through clever social commentary. “Politicians in denim / Everybody wants one”, sings O’Kelly on ‘Fad ‘95’. ‘Drink It Down’ combines humorous lyrics with a serious message about how every generation has some blood on its hands when it comes to how wealthier countries have attained their status on the global stage. “That wasn’t Jesus that was just some fucker in a dressing gown”.
This is an album that delves into the many onerous subjects of today’s modern life and delivers the band’s ruminations through intelligent, often witty lyrics over catchy, punk-inspired hooks and silky guitar playing. The attention they’ve been garnering is well deserved. ‘Fad’ is a refreshingly different, ultra-confident debut from the Dublin five piece.
‘Fad’ is set for release on July 17 via Central Tones.