Posts Tagged ‘Silverbacks’

Silverbacks by Róisín Murphy O'Sullivan

“Rolodex City” is about a property mogul who has fallen on very hard times during a period where technology has changed the way his business and people work. Similar to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid getting caught out by the trains, bicycles and an increasingly small world, Mr Rolodex is running out of options. He visits a town in a barren landscape with the hope of flipping a bit of land, posing as whatever character the people there will trust – “Rolodex City” .Ultimately, our anti-hero has no luck and reluctantly ends his trip at a line dance led by Emma – feel free to join in!
“Rolodex City” features on our new album “Archive Material” out on January 21st 2022.There are still a handful of Dinked Editions of the LP available to pre-order but a lot of places have now sold out. We’re also putting it out on orange vinyl LP and blue vinyl LP (everywhere else!).
Archive Material by Silverbacks

Silverbacks - Fad

Irish five-piece Silverbacks have been grabbing headlines recently for their art-punk-meets-indie-rock tunes. Their debut album, Fad, which was produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, doesn’t merely fill space with Joy Division or Pavement homages—they’re far too invested in their own detailed world. Their music revels in contradiction—light and dense, soft and rough, playful and cynical—resulting in a multi-faceted sound of crashing art rock riffs, poetic lyrics and vocals that range from easy-going pop to grim punk.

“A holiday resort in Dunkirk, a John Hughes Film set in 1970s Berlin, politicians in denim, or just your local pub, Silverbacks’ FAD takes you on the time-travel experience of a lifetime.” – Anon Luzhny, Central Tones.

Hoo-ha! Muted Gold is the lead-in single off our debut album ‘Fad’ released on Central Tones – 14th July 2020.

Image may contain: text

Promising new Dublin five-piece Silverbacks are releasing their debut album, “Fad”, on July 17th via Central Tones. they have shared another song from it, “Up the Nurses,” via a video for the track. The band self-directed the video, which features lots of tinfoil and computers.

Bassist/vocalist Emma Hanlon had this to say about the song in a press release: “I love Blondie and Kilian [O’Kelly] overheard me singing along to them one night. A few days later he surprised me with our very own new wave jam ‘Up the Nurses.’ The song talks about ‘amour fou’ (‘mad love’) and the unwanted adoration someone receives for the care they’re giving someone.”

Vocalist/guitarist Daniel O’Kelly had this to say about the video: “With everyone in isolation we set ourselves the challenge of building our own weird world. In the video two amateur radio enthusiasts help an astronaut return to his galaxy queen. We all had a basic tin foil spec and story to work from and everyone then shot their individual parts. It’s loosely inspired by Be Kind Rewind and their resourcefulness.” . When  Fad was announced the band shared a new song from it, “Muted Gold,” via an amusing video for the track.

Girl Band bassist Daniel Fox produced Fad.  The band features Daniel O’Kelly (vocals/guitar), Kilian O’Kelly (guitar/vocals), Emma Hanlon (bass/vocals), Peadar Kearney (guitar), and Gary Wickham (drums).

A previous press release further described the album and its themes: “Debut album Fad represents the sound of a band trying to make sense of a noisy and disjointed world—one that competes for your attention at every turn. For them, it has come to be a symbol of what it feels like to try and absorb the world through both fleeting moments in front of screens, and prolonged obsessive periods filled with focus. They pull apart pop-culture in search of new meaning, whether it’s a nod to The Simpsons (‘Fad 95’), imagining a lost John Hughes film (Klub Silberrücken), spiralling downwards into youtube deep-dives (‘Pink Tide’), or making sense of youth culture through The Urban Dictionary (‘Grinning At the Lid’). Much in the same way that modern life can be defined by its unpredictability, Silverbacks colorful, vivid and exuberant songs dismantle their source material and end up in places that you don’t think they will.”

Latest single of our debut LP Fad. Preorder our debut album ‘Fad’ released on Central Tones

Image may contain: 5 people, people standing, tree and outdoor

Silverbacks are the latest in the lineage of exciting new post-punk bands coming out of Dublin. But “Drool” is something slightly different than we’ve heard from them before, less hurtling breakneck energy and more depressive indie-rock reflection. The simultaneous slackness and precision of its mechanistic drumbeat and interlocking pinprick riffs is more Pinback than Parquet Courts, Kilian O’Kelly’s detached vocals painting a picture of a man just trying to get by in less than ideal circumstances. “Can’t you see/ It does exactly what it says on the box,” he sings, but Silverbacks continue to surprise and delight even as they look to the past for inspiration.

Silverbacks have, in some form or another, been a band for a while already. In some ways the project goes back almost two decades, to when Kilian and Daniel wrote songs together as kids. Though born to Irish parents, the brothers partially grew up in Brussels, attempting to write music that sounded like the Strokes. In college, the O’Kelly brothers met future members Emma Hanlon (bass/vocals) and Peadar Kearney (guitar), who would eventually lead them to Wickham. It wasn’t until that lineup was solidified that Silverbacks became more of a serious endeavor for all involved.

In the last two years, Silverbacks were more or less born in earnest, becoming what they are today — a band with late ’70s art-rock and punk and ’90s indie in its DNA, all of it tangled and then burst back open by their three-guitar arrangements. They began releasing new singles: “Just For A Better View,” “Dunkirk,” “Just In The Band.” Arriving across 2017 and 2018, each was infectious and sardonic and vivid in its own way — particularly “Dunkirk,” which took its name from the simple fact that Daniel had just gotten home from seeing the movie when Kilian played him the demo. The title subsequently inspired an imagined scene of a man in the near future having a midlife crisis in a beach resort built on a former warzone.

There’s a rawness and occasional ferocity throughout Fad, balanced with talk-sing observations and then deeply catchy choruses. Kilian, who was recently studying for a PhD in music composition, colours at the edges of the songs, guitar lines like liquid metal swirling around either the rough-hewn distortion or pop-minded songwriting. And it’s hard to think of many current guitar bands who make such vital use of three guitars. Everything in Silverbacks is economical — their guitar arrangements are still carefully interlaced, all those notes firing off each other just adding a new texture of melodic information to each track.

Big news! We’re very happy to announce that our debut LP ‘Fad’ will be released on July 17th on Central Tones. Watch the video for the lead-in single ‘Muted Gold’ You can learn a little more about ‘Fad’ and the songs on it.

Silverbacks – Drool /Sirens 7inch vinyl on Nice Swan Records

“Muted Gold” — the last addition to the album, and their latest single Silverbacks is released today — is indicative of sonic changes they want to explore. The O’Kellys want to open the songwriting process up more; Daniel wants Hanlon to sing more songs. (She already takes lead on two Fad tracks.) They’re all interested in complicating their established template — more dissonance, more percussion, indulging their “Talking Heads side.”

2020 has been a string of cancellations so far, but be sure to mark July 17th in your calendar since that’s the day Silverbacks release their debut album “Fad” via Central Tones. Daniel O’Kelly (vox, guitars), Kilian O’Kelly (guitars, vox), Emma Hanlon (bass, vox), Peader Kearney (guitar) and Gary Wickham (drums) use their time on the record to dissect the pop culture that consumes our every waking moment. Silverbacks has supported Irish rock darlings Girl Band on their sold-out U.K. tour, and seem destined to amass the same cult-like following. The Dublin five-piece brings together the goofiness of Pavement and the guitar frenzy of Car Seat Headrest at their best.

Image may contain: text

Here’s a small EP of old demos we’ve put together for your listening pleasure. The EP will be up for a limited time only.

All money received from “Woh Nelly Demo” purchases will go to The Irish Cancer Society, who had to make the difficult decision to cancel all Daffodil Day events for 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Bandcamp are doing a great thing in supporting independent artists and musicians and we’re big fans of everything they do. Please go support your local bands and artists in this difficult time for everyone.

released March 20th, 2020

All music written and recorded by Silverbacks.

Image may contain: possible text that says 'ON TOUR W Silverback A dates 13/02 Output, Belfast 18/04 Momo Festival, Rotterdam 02/05 Psyched Portsmouth 03/05 Sound City, Liverpool 03/05 Newcastle 12/05 Café Totem, Sheffield 13/05 YES, Manchester 14/05 The Victoria, London 15/05 The Great Escape, Brighton 16/05 The Crofters Rights, Bristol 18/05 The Sugarmill, Stoke 19/05 The Horn, St Albans 20/05 Hare Hounds Birmingham 21/05 The gand Pint, Glasgow 22/05 Voodoo, Belfast 23/05 The Grand Social, Dublin'

Dublin art-punks Silverbacks stomp back into action in 2018 with the release of their new single “Dunkirk” on June 15th through their own PK Miami Records.
Underpinned by an insistent, nagging bassline and creepy crawly guitar lines, it provides the ideal vehicle for frontman Daniel O’Kelly’s stream of consciousness ramblings about martial strife, the perfect sandcastle and spotting a con artist when he sees one.Produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, the track lurches forth, pressure building from the undulating backbeat and layers of skronking guitars accenting Daniel’s increasingly frazzled yelps before finally collapsing into a sugar sweet coda. Indie kids no more, Silverbacks mean business and ‘Dunkirk’ is a powerful first move.



Originally released June 15th, 2018
Written by Silverbacks


Image may contain: one or more people, people playing musical instruments, people on stage and guitar

Dublin-based five-piece Silverbacks have slowly been releasing songs throughout the last three years. This past May, they shared the utterly infectious “Pink Tide,” and in 2018 shared further two singles: “Just In The Band,” and “Dunkirk.” These plus 2017’s “Just For A Better View” were produced by fellow Dubliner and Girl Band’s bass player Daniel Fox.

Although they promised their debut album would be out by the end of this year, we still don’t have any news on that front yet. But Silverbacks are ready to share another single, and they’re doing so with another Fox collaboration called “Sirens.” This one proves just as irresistible as the other tracks, and in the way this one utilizes a propelling bass-line, it feels like a grittier take on the B-52’s deep-cut “Give Me Back My Man.” In theory, the use of three different guitars could be a bit overwhelming, however this seamless execution just proves that Silverbacks are focused and ready for bigger things.



Silverbacks are so indebted to LCD Soundsystem that James Murphy just took their TV away. In fairness, the Irish band acknowledge their influences here, and even ask the band not to sue.

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, sky and outdoor

Dublin’s Silverbacks have dropped their new single, ‘Sirens’, out via Nice Swan Records, with the limited edition AA 7″ dropping on January 31st 2020.

Produced by Girl Band basssist Daniel Fox, the lushly recorded propulsive rhythm section prompts a visceral response from the three guitarists who weave fuzz-laden riffs, and spindly post-punk riffs into the mix, while vocally switching from semi-spoken nonchalance to unabashedly catchy glam punk melodies.


In ‘Sirens’, the narrator misses riots and important protests taking place in his city because he’s too preoccupied with writing the perfect soundtrack for what is happening,” says singer Daniel O’Kelly. “He’s equally distracted by his relationship issues, tennis, and his obsession with his favourite band.”

Irish art punks Silverbacks have shared an excellent new track –“Just In The Band” – it is out on PK Miami.

Produced by Daniel Fox from fellow Dubliners Girl Band (when will we get something new from them?) the single has the same nagging unease as previous (outstanding) single Dunkirk with taut drums and unrelenting bass underpinning seasick guitar arps and Daniel O’Kelly’s blunt commentary on the ‘problems down the back’.

There is something of Parquet Courts about them – that all too rare ability to match a frazzled grove with a pop sensibility and a “so what” attitude, and then expertly combine it all into something that is just as much sharp social commentary as it is mosh-pit dynamite.


‘Is that blood?’

These Irish art punks Silverbacks delve into themes of false idolatry and deeper connection in their latest track ‘Just In The Band’ carries the same nagging unease as previous single Dunkirk with taut drums and unrelenting bass underpinning seasick guitar arps Feedback soaked and frazzled, it sees the band step further away from their indie roots and more into the groove – if the groove covered itself in petrol and dared you to light the match.

Silverbacks are a thrilling prospect, delivering their own louche take on NYC-indebted rock: slack enough for the tastemakers while also mining the gems of a pop vein, catching the ears of those with a taste for a good hook. Now a full-fledged five piece after graduating from the bedroom project of songwriting brothers Kilian and Daniel O’Kelly, they ply their trade with as much emphasis on the dry humour running through Daniel’s lyrics as the propulsive, triple guitar-led onslaught in their music.

Previous single Dunkirk drew plaudits from Paste, The 405, Nialler9, The Irish Times, Louder Than War and a whole host more reputable outlets. With a debut album on the way, JITB serves a sign of intent.

Upcoming shows:
November 22nd: Roisin Dubh Galway Ireland
December 1st: Other Voices Dingle Ireland
December 8th: Whelans (Upstairs) Dublin Ireland

Silverbacks are:
Daniel O’Kelly – Guitar, Vocals
Kilian O’Kelly – Guitar, Vocals
Peadar Kearney – Guitar
Emma Hanlon – Bass, Vocals
Gary Wickham – Drums

We’ve recently mentioned our love for some of the bands coming out of Ireland at the moment like Fontaines D.C., Murder Capital and also the wonderful Silverbacks.

The latter who have released a new single, the propulsive, chugging Pink Tide, is another crackerjack of a tune brimming over with sardonic humour and sinewy twin guitars. It tells the tale of a slow unravelling of fashionable and futile revolutions in a land drowning in pomp and circumstance.


According to Silverbacks’ Daniel O’Kell  the origins of the track came from “another demo, poorly named ‘Mark E. Smith Eats His Purple Crayon’. In the end we realised that the riff deserved better, and we started writing what eventually became Pink Tide.”

Band Members
Daniel – Guitar, Vocals
Kilian – Guitar, Vocals
Peadar – Guitar
Emma – Bass, Vocals
Gary – Drums