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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON BAND THE SILENT ERA 

Hiya, folks! Thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

We were all inspired to play music at a young age after hearing some key influences. Depending on who you talk to, that could be The Cure, Ella Fitzgerald or Nirvana, but they’re all influences we bring to our music today.

Introduce us to all the members and your musical history.

We’re a four piece with Bri on vocals, Chris on guitar, Nic on bass & synth, and Conor on drums. Us guys (Chris, Nic & Conor)have been playing together in various forms since 2018. Our previous band basically imploded in 2020 but decided to stick together and work on a new direction for our music.We tried a few different singers but none of them worked out – one was apparently a real life psychopath. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Bri came out of a long term musical collaboration of her own with a band called Black Palms which also fell apart over the pandemic… and then all of us met at the crossroads and formed ‘The Silent Era’

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in. How do you feel you are doing?

New, but we are determined!

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

Positively! Definitely more interesting and weirder. We’re getting a feel for each other’s vibes and passions and where to put them.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

It’s anyone’s guess how we can prevent people from trying to harm someone.. you’ve gotta be really fucked up. It really sucks, but it’s awesome that more women feel able to speak up about it. Thankfully more gig venues are starting to take action. All these cup lids and extra security is cool, but it’s only a start. What else can we do? Well, we’re all responsible for providing a safe space. The best we can do is to speak up when bad things happen, look out for each other & hold each other accountable.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials, in what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

We’re focused on creating the best possible live show we can so that word of mouth attracts more ears. At the moment we only really use social media to get people like you out to our upcoming gigs! In the future we wanna use our socials to start giving people the inside track, building a community, and meeting new people.. interesting stuff!    

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

Bri is also a bassist. Conor is Irish. Nicolas’s favorite band is The Cure.

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

From a musician’s perspective, it is deeply flawed & brutally capitalist –  there isn’t really any competition, so it makes raising issues like fair pay almost impossible. Most importantly it just doesn’t support new, small, unsigned, under-the-radar artists! 

Buuut.. Spotify offers a great user experience and you either want people to hear you or you don’t.. which is what Spotify relies on – our collective laziness. We need to challenge ourselves to explore, rather than just relying on what’s fed to us by algorithms and ‘tastemakers’



Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?

Low key, is that aliens were involved in building ancient Egypt. The low key though…

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Mostly additional musical instruments are currently gathering dust or have been sold on already. These include a trumpet (sold on), a sitar (which still needs to be tuned), and a new bass guitar (but not for the bassist)!

What was the worst experience on stage?

There are no “worsts” when it comes to The Silent Era… everything is amazing!.. Or, is the worst yet to come..?

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about. 

Nicolas’ first instrument was the clarinet, Bri used to throw discus/javelin/shot put/hammer/herself, Conor’s nickname while at university was “Scarf” and Chris’ first job was zoo keeping.

What makes you stand out as a band?

Powerful vocals paired with an eclectic mix of alt-rock.. shoegaze, coldwave, industrial, metal, post-punk, psychedelic somehow, dream pop, goth, etc. Somewhere along those lines, aiming for a wall of sound. Not very convenient when you have to tick boxes but very satisfying artistically. Come to one of our gigs and find out for yourself..

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

Heavy Cure was born about two years ago, Nic made the instrumental demo back then thinking it could be a song for a previous band, but the style was very different, which turned out to be destiny cause we disbanded shortly after. Then fast forward to when Bri joined us in the summer of 2021, she wrote the vocals and we started to rehearse it. It was our first song ever so it makes sense that it’s our first release.  

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

Musically, the song came about during the bleakest months of lockdown. During that time our previous band had broken up and we three guys decided to stick together and do something new. When we were able to start playing (see also; drinking) together again, Nic had written the music for this song to work on in rehearsals. It really set the tone for what we would go on to do a couple of years down the track. It ultimately came out of just needing to do something in a pretty unhappy time for everyone. 

Lyrically, it’s basically a barb aimed at the media’s kinda creepy obsession with youth. It seems that once you get past 25 you have nothing to offer creatively and it’s an issue that’s plagued the music industry in particular. It’s why women like Madonna try to defy the odds to look 24 at age 64, and why reviewers are surprised that Self Esteem actually has some worthwhile things to say as a woman in her 30s. We’re done with that shit. 

What was the recording process like?

The drums and most of the guitars were recorded at Small Pond recording studios in Brighton with help from Josh Riordan and Liisa Kiis, our excellent studio engineers. It was a nice late summer weekend with fantastic weather. We spent the whole time in the studio sleep deprived and hungover, though. We took our time getting things to sound good though and were in the right place to do that. Vocals, bass, synths, and additional guitars were recorded at home in London, self-engineered, self-mixed.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tune?

You can never have enough guitars . . .

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

The thing with music and arts, in general, is that you can go on and on and change this, change that, fix things here, tweak things there but at some point, you have to stop, take a step back, enjoy the view and call it a day. The piece may not be perfect but at least it does represent what you were doing at a specific time so the short answer is no we wouldn’t change anything.. But ask us again in 6 months!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Thanks for reading our rambles.. you can check out/download/playlist/listen as many times as you can stand to our new track..! Available pretty much everywhere. Yes, even Spotify..

Check out our LinkTree to find out when/where we’re playing and other info, such as more releases!  Would love to see you down at a gig! & be nice to each other, kids.

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