Silvertung Unplugged at Park Rock Fest 2017
Hailing from Maryland, Silvertung brings a fresh, infectious sound to the DMV music scene. This four men modern rock band skillfully can "perform hit cover tunes", however, it's the SilverTung originals that prove to be the crowd favorites. As a live act, SilverTung puts on a powerhouse performance which has earned them their solid reputation and their legion of growing fans, known as "The Tung Nation." Silvertung has also shared the stage with national acts: Godsmack, Disturbed, 3 Days Grace, Drowning Pool, Shinedown, BuckCherry, Filter, My Darkest Days, Popa Roach, Staind Pop Evil, Charm City Devils and much more. Silvertung's musical marksmanship, high energy stage show, and crowd interaction all add up to a recipe of success.
According to Speed, after a few false starts, the definitive Silvertung line-up finally began to take shape. "When I met Skoot I was all but drained. Skoot listened to some demo tracks I had recorded and said, 'These songs are great. I will help you rebuild Silvertung.' A year later, we met our drummer, Danno and started writing more songs. We were performing local shows with nationals and a few short tours. We had a few guitarists that ended up not working. But then we met Codey through one of our social sites. We brought Codey in and within the first song of the audition we knew he was our guy. He performed the songs with us like he had been in the band for years."
"We had to put him to the test. We took him to Philly to record “Never Too Late” with David Ivory – this was even before he played live with us. His first Silvertung gig was playing with Saliva before a sold-out crowd.”
While it's their music and live performance that truly speaks for itself, the band also possesses quite an interesting moniker, as well. "The name Silvertung was revived from an 80's porn movie, though the spelling was 'Silver Tongue'," recalls Speed. "We were practicing in my uncle's basement. And being guys, we had to check out these old porn tapes. Tapes! I think they were VHS tapes. But I really liked the name, just did not like the spelling. But then 'The Simpsons' had an episode 'Silver Tongue,' and I thought, 'Ok, this is a sign.' But I still did not like the spelling. So I thought, 'What about Tung instead of Tongue?' Heard something about the Korean Mafia, the Tungs. Thought that was very cool. The name SILVERTUNG was born..."
And as with all classic hard rock bands, you can expect Silvertung to deliver the goods on the concert stage. "We are passionate about live music," says Codey. "It’s this exchange of energy from us to the crowd, then from the crowd back to us. There is nothing else like it in the world. When the fans are singing our music word for word, and their volume is louder than ours...wow. It doesn’t get any better than that."
Last summer, Maryland’s Silvertung released an EP called “Out Of The Box,” which packed an album’s worth of ideas into six songs. The band grabbed great producer Steven Wright to record their new album. Steven, who has worked with everyone from Slipknot to Avril Lavigne, took the band on the recording whirlwind and helped the guys realize the sound they were after. The band’s basic foundation of moody hard rock expanded to include jarring tempo and tonal changes; layered, multi-textured vocals; and jackhammer riffs that shifted shape seemingly every few seconds. Take for example the last track on the album, “You & Me.” It is reminiscent of your staple 80s power ballad. In contrast, “Ain’t That A Bitch” is a self-reflective song with the rhythm of a train that won’t stop for your Prius stuck on the tracks of life’s harsh lessons. It’s groovy, and the hook chorus will wiggle into your head and become your catch phrase on life for the next few days, or at least after you listen to it a few times.
As it turns out, this stylistic restlessness of the EP was a winner; the band scored three Top 5 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts and won two Maryland Music Awards, easily their best showing in a seven-year career. “It was a big turning point,” says Speed, the band’s singer, guitarist, and founder. “A lot of the gears have shifted and put us on another level. Our sound is so much bigger. We’re growing so quickly now.” In fact, the band has become so confident in their sound that, for their next project, they’re planning to unplug for the first time. “We haven’t really talked about it to anyone else, but we’re doing demos for a live acoustic album,” Speed says. “We love playing heavy stuff; that’s where our hearts are. But when you’re playing acoustic stuff, you really start to test yourself and your capability as a musician.” Silvertung has picked the Park Rock Fest Acoustic Stage to first perform their unplugged song for the enjoyment of southern Maryland. This acoustic SilverTung show is an experience that you can't live without!!
Park Rock Fest 2017 will be held Saturday, September 2nd, at the Saint Mary's County Fairgrounds. 42455 Fairgrounds Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650. There will be more than 21 artists performing on one of three concurrent music stages; for non-stop music! The fest features Pop, Punk, Emo, Screamo, Hard Rock, Alternative, Independent, Acoustic, Hardcore, and Metal.
The Palisades is the headliner for 2017. The featured band Convictions a Christian metal band from Ohio. Back for a third year is the third stage with acoustic acts featuring a special acoustic set by the metal band Silvertung that goes with the release of their new all acoustic album. New for 2107 is an Electronic Dance Music (EMD) venue we call “Cuantm Flx” featuring +10 major EDM DJ’s from Baltimore to Southern Maryland.
The Park Rock Fest also features commercial vendors and community group vendors and band merch tents. The gates open at 11:00 AM and close at 10 PM. All ages are welcome. Park Rock Fest is drug-free, alcohol-free, and an obscenity free event. For further information, go to www.PARKROCK.com .