SILVER SYNTHETIC – ” Around The Bend “

Posted: May 6, 2021 in MUSIC
Silver Synthetic

Some records just sound like they were a good time to make. Silver Synthetic self-titled debut is one of them. Tracked to tape across seven sunny May days in 2019 at frontman Chris Lyons’ house in New Orleans, the follow up to their “Out of the Darkness” EP pops and whirrs with low-slung hooks.

Guitarist Kunal Prakash, who also plays in Jeff the Brotherhood, lays out the balance of vibes and pragmatism that fuelled the experience: “At the time it felt like the simplest, cheapest way to get this done and it inadvertently created this relaxed, creative situation that was a windfall of us not having any money.”

With Lyons setting aside his garage-punk roots and indulging in his love of Velvet Underground jangle, smooth-flowing Bob Seger and the interlocking leads of Television’s Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, Silver Synthetic is a suite of supine guitar-pop jams for long afternoons without much to do but hang.

Silver Synthetic is a bit of a left turn stylistically – have these influences been in the background for a while?

Chris: “They were kinda always there for me. Before this band I was playing in Bottomfeeders, and it’s a lot more punk-influenced, garage, psychedelic. I started writing all these songs that are way more laid back. They just didn’t fit. I didn’t know what the hell to do with them. I was like, ‘Woah, I can either ignore this, because I don’t have a place to put these songs, or I can pursue this and see what happens with it.’”

Kunal: “There’s definitely a lot of elements from the canon of rock ‘n’ roll that we’ve all listened to for a really long time. I think we turn each other on to little nuggets here and there. I wasn’t a huge JJ Cale guy before we started playing together but Chris and Lucas [Bogner, drums] are really into that stuff. There’s things like that, which snuck its way into the music a little bit. Especially the minimalistic stuff. There are some newer influences even if it’s old music.”The guitar lines on the record are more complex than the delivery lets on.

Chris: “The songs are so simple, there’s so much room for us to do whatever with them after we have the form down. A lot of the complexity comes from Kunal’s additions. His guitar playing fills in all the cracks.”

Kunal: “A lot of what Chris is doing is strumming open chords. There’s quite a bit of [space] to get some connective tissue in there without it being too busy. Those are the two things we’re trying to balance—adding some nice melodic stuff that helps propel the song, but doesn’t distract from the fact that it’s a song that’s being sung by a singer.”

Kunal: “Chris wrote so many hooky songs and we’ve been playing them for a while, so a decent amount of the solos were half ready to go. For me it’s about serving the song, especially in this context. You’re not going to come in with some crazy wah wah-noise-delay solo or something. To me, a lot of what the songs need feels obvious. You know how when you hear a catchy song for the first time, it feels like you know it? That’s what I want the solos to be like.”

Silver Synthetic” is out on April 9th through Third Man Records.

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