Ten Quick Ones with SILVERTUNG – February 2019
According to a recent press release: “Silvertung and Thermal Entertainment have joined forces for the band’s forthcoming album (BUT, AT WHAT COST??!) to be released on February 15th, 2019. The first single “Done My Best” is now at radio and is available for streaming / download. A music video will be debuting next week. (BUT, AT WHAT COST??!) includes 7 driving tunes produced by Steven Wright (Slipknot, Mars Volta, Rihanna). Silvertung are composed of Speed (lead vocals/guitar), Codey (lead guitar), Danno (drums) and Sam Sour (bass).” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and much more…
1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?
We can’t express our excitement for “Done My Best,” the first single from our February 15th release, (BUT, AT WHAT COST??!). We are totally in love with the record, especially it`s production quality and overall musical continuity. We believe that Done My Best really sets a new tone for the band, a tone that really shines through across each track.
Conceptually, (BUT, AT WHAT COST??) tells a story of triumph over tribulations, the chapters unfold with each song. Of course there are plenty of hidden nuggets for the listeners to find!
2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Danno: my mother is my reason. She tough me that it does not matter if you are born with a birth defect, you can overcome anything.
Speed: I grew up around music. My parents both listened to music (Rock, Country, Motown. etc.) everyday. I was influenced by the world around me. Plus my mom was my biggest fan.
Codey: as a kid video games, cartoons, anime, and WWE. There was so much music that set the moment in each.
Sam: both of my parents are professional pianists and teachers, so growing up in a house of music, it was difficult for me to imagine pursuing any other career path.
3. Who would be your main five musical influences?
In no particular order: Alice In Chains, Metallica, Breaking Benjamin, Machine Head, and Trivium.
4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?
Danno: Jeff Porcaro or Dimebag Darrell
Speed: Chris Cornell or Prince
Codey: Ninja Sex Party or Jimi Hendrix
Sam: Corey Taylor or Jack Black
5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?
Addictive high energy, aggressive rock with a stylistically unique groove.
6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?
Performing our music live; connecting with people across the country in an unspoken way.
7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?
Normally, Speed would be hosting the occasion, Codey would be behind the grill creating his masterpiece, Danno would be behind the bar pouring the drinks, and Sam would be hanging around the fire with his acoustic bass singing Tenacious D.
8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?
Speed: President of the United States
Codey: You-tuber/Voice Actor/Artist
Sam: Music Instructor/Chef
9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?
Honestly, if we could take back any missteps we have made throughout our career, we`d choose not to do over. We learned so many things from our missteps, and have come to realize that they are necessary in growth.
10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?
Danno: Metallica – …And Justice for All. this album really jump started my desire to play drums. The overwhelming weight and drive of the drums with the placement of accents, that’s all it took for me.
Speed: Alice n Chains – Face-lift. It was so raw. Great lyrics, melodies and harmonies. Guitar work was very unique and fresh.
Codey: Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. These records were my mothers favorites and they’re very important to me. As well as any Jimi Hendrix session.
Sam: Iron Maiden – Powerslave. This album for me, was one of the most influential metal albums of the 80’s. It represented a turning point in Iron Maiden’s legacy… and not to mention the killer songwriting and next level mixing and mastering.