New Album Coming Soon!

It’s been ages since I wrote an update on what’s going on. For those of you who have followed us on Facebook or Twitter will know that for the past year we’ve been writing and recording our new album, Braveface, which will be released on 13 April.

As songs were brought in and developed for what turned out to be the first album, it became clear that the music had a particular “shape” – and that shape was energetic and frenetic slices of power-pop with one or two songs that deviated away from that style. We didn’t plan it that way, the songs seemed to gel that way.

We were happy with the first album. It’s such a cliché when bands slag off their old material, or even just their most recent album: if it was so shit, then why did you release it? In our case, I’m absolutely unapologetic for anything that we’ve released so far: It may not have been perfect but it’s the best we could do with the available money, time, equipment, ability, experience and knowledge. However, I’d like to think that we’ve improved in one or more of those areas since then! Continue reading

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The Pain Inside Your Head: Track by Track

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When  Ross was putting together video clips for a few of the tracks off the album, he asked me to put a few words down to give a bit of background to the songs. Now, I’m not silly enough to suggest that someone else’s interpretations of the songs are wrong or invalid – and I’ve read some really funny things about some of my songs! – but a breakdown of the album tracks would give you an idea of where I was coming from when I started writing them. So, here we go: Continue reading

Album Review!

The album comes out next week and here is an awesome review by the lovely folks at The Soul of a Clown:

The Silver Bayonets are a London- based indie rock band who, we are delighted to learn, love vocal harmonies. This is especially true when we learnt they describe their sound as “very loud, addictive guitar pop music”. This is the band’s debut album and is due out in May so plenty of time to check them out and get it ordered. The album kicks off in brilliant fashion with the rocking “Schemes”. The beauty of this song is in its simplicity, it’s just a great rock n roll song with a huge melody. It’s a similar story with “High Life” and “Constant”, the second of which has a bit of a wider scope and recalls early, rocking, Stereophonics. Tracks like that and “Fairy Tales For The Cynic” suggest that whilst the band may be destined for big things they have retained that straight out of the garage enthusiasm. They have the sense of being played with a real sense of passion borne from frustration. The band are not just one dimensional, as shown by “Nowhere Left To Go” which is darker and far more ‘alternative’. Whilst “Low” is again a more intense and claustrophobic sounding song. Then “Fly” manages to have a wider more expansive sound, but also with perhaps one eye on a more mainstream sound. The one thing that The Silver Bayonets are really good at is delivering an up tempo and bombastic rock song, as shown by The Clash-esque “Forever” and the classic sound of “The Loudest Voice”. It’s a similar feel on “Your Complex Life” which sees them adopting the gutter punk style of early Manic Street Preachers. The album then ends with “Caving In” which keeps that sound but adds a far more epic feel. This album is a reminder that once upon a time, the UK was brilliant at churning out great, young, rock bands full of spirit and energy and, most importantly, great songs. Sadly, however, they are now few and far between. Although, along with the likes of Colt 45, perhaps The Silver Bayonets could begin creating a new scene. The band they really remind us of are the sadly relatively unknown, Rich Rags. Like that band, they have delivered an album of brilliant rock songs. The tracks are punchy, punky rock numbers played with passion but also a sense of melody which will have you going back for more. There is also that sense that as a live band they will be blinding.

Here is a link to the full review: The Silver Bayonets “The Pain Inside Your Head” and you can pre-order the album from iTunes or Amazon MP3. Can’t wait for you to hear it!!

Single Release Day

Well, the day is finally upon us. RELEASE DAY! The single, “Schemes”, is out today and available from iTunes and Amazon as well as all other major digital stores. We’ve had lots of messages from people who’ve told us that they have received their downloads already, so a big thank you to everyone who took the time to pre-order the single. Those pre-orders and the downloads from this week count towards our possible chart placement, so please get all your friends and family to join us to try and smash into the UK singles chart!

We have been pushing the single hard to radio and press and the response has been really supportive. A big thank you to all the stations who have picked up our tracks and given us such a lot of support. We have had a number of great write-ups too, at We Close Tonight, Rock n Roll Creation, Record, Rewind, Play and even BandIt Rock Radio in Italy! It’s great that writers at the blogs liked our song enough to give us a good review. Hopefully you will like it too. This is the start of another chapter in the continuing story of The Silver Bayonets!

Single Pre-Order Day!

It has been a busy month since I last wrote a blog about our activities! This will be a long blog entry, but I want you to be bang up to date. Here we go…

We have finished our album, “The Pain Inside Your Head” and had it mastered by Kevin Peterson at Masterdisk in New York. It now sounds “like a record”. As a result of listening to the mastered versions of the tracks, we decided to start the album with “Schemes”, which now blasts out of the speakers! It is also going to be the first single. There is a lot of talk about the black art of mastering but really it comes down to the same things as ever when recording music: A great person in a great room with great gear and great material. Well, we tried out best with the material and Kevin did a grand job of mastering the album. If you’re reading this, Kevin, thanks again!

We also got in touch with Marianne Harris to get some professional photos of us and she, too, did wonders for us – especially as we were sandwiched between two big jobs she had at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios. So, we now have a good set of publicity shots for use, including some shots that are very particular to her style. I’ve always loved the look of her photos and to capture that in the key shots from our session was great. So, if you need good quality promo shots, she’s the person you need!

We also wanted a way to “give back” to those that have helped us so far. In particular, two Croydon-based gentlemen, Trev and Ben, who have a Sunday morning radio show, somewhat inevitably called “The Trev & Ben Show” on Croydon Radio. Both of them are brilliant and funny and have spun pre-release versions of the single, “Schemes” for weeks now. We thought it’d be nice to record a special acoustic version of the single, “Schemes” for them to include in their show, which they duly did yesterday (15 March). It felt good to be able to do something for someone else for a change. Independent bands like ours spend so much time asking people to do things for us. It’s great to be able to give something back. I hope we can do more stuff like this as we get on because it really does make things a lot better and humanises what can be a pretty brutal gig.

As part of the promotion for the single, we’ve been contacting radio and press to get coverage for the single and the response from bloggers and stations has been pretty amazing. There are a lot of supportive people out there, and thankfully very few bitter opinionated failed rock stars spitting their cynical disgust at any new music! It’s really nice to get some good feedback that we can use to get better.

In order to get the music into the digital stores, we have signed up to Emu Bands to handle the distribution of the single and the album. Their process for organising releases is so easy, even a guitarist can do it. I was going to say “even a drummer” but that would be unfair and wouldn’t be right – you have to be able to read the agreement and fill out some online forms! Seriously, though, I had a bunch of questions on digitally releasing the single and album and they were answered really promptly via their “live chat” facility and offline via email. Great service!

And so that brings us to today, which is SINGLE PRE-ORDER DAY! Both iTunes and Amazon MP3 have the track available for pre-order ahead of its release on 6 April. To say we’re excited is an understatement. This is the first time anyone can get their hands on our music, or order it, at least, and we’re really pleased that people are saying upfront that they are supporting us by placing their orders now. And who knows, if you and your friends and THEIR friends put 79p towards our cause, we might even tickle the toes of the UK singles charts! That would be pretty amazing, don’t you think?

Radio Airplay, Gigs and Debut Album Details

It’s been a busy week for us. Ross has been busy getting in touch with radio stations all over the UK and US and Enzo has been doing the same for radio stations in Italy. We’ve had a tremendous response to our tracks, with five stations adding our tracks to their playlists! It’s great to get that support and it’s so exciting that people want to help. So thanks to every radio station that has given us feedback and spun our tracks (or whatever the digital version is of spinning a disc).

We’re also getting ready to play our first gig with the new line-up! We’ve got a gig at the Barfly in London on 20 March, at the Jubilee Club which is a late night club night with live bands. It’s great to do these kind of nights as they are always really popular and a great way to get in front of people who don’t already know us. Get your tickets here!

We’ve also been putting together the final mixes for the album. The track listing is:

  1. High Life
  2. Nowhere Left To Go
  3. Schemes
  4. Constant
  5. Fairy Tales for the Cynic
  6. Forever
  7. The Loudest Voice
  8. Low
  9. Fly
  10. Your Complex Life
  11. Caving In

You can get a preview below and at our Soundcloud page. In the next few days we’ll even be able to show you what the album art looks like. See you soon!

All About That Bass…

… well at least for the weekend! Ross’ basslines for the album will be recorded this weekend and, once completed, we’ll do the final mix before sending the whole thing off to the mastering house and getting the finished product. If time and money allows, we aim to get the album finished by the end of February.

It’s busy for us right now, after having a difficult time finding a bassist. But now that Ross has joined, it’s like the gates have been opened and we’re off and running. Suddenly, there’s a ton of stuff to be getting on with that we’ve just been waiting to try out. There’s a real desire to get the music out there now and push for everything.

Things coming up include a photoshoot (time to look sharp!) and our first gigs with the new lineup. We will be making our live debut on 20 March at a club night at the Barfly. Make sure you’re ready for a late one because we are going to be partying until the early hours!

We’re also toying with the idea of making a video for at least one of the songs off the album and getting a lot of Facebook, Twitter and WP followers’ involvement. Once we’ve finalised a plan, we’ll “pitch” it to everyone and see how quickly we can get it all together.

I know Enzo and Ross have got a lot of ideas coming at the moment, so if I find out what they’re up to I’ll fill you in!

Speak soon!

K.