Silverbacks - 'Just In The Band'


Irish art-punks Silverbacks’ latest single ‘Just In The Band’ carries a motoring restlessness through its four minutes that captures a compelling sense of unease. Produced by fellow Dubliner Daniel Fox of Girl Band, the track combines the latter’s insistent intensity with the sardonic groove of Parquet Courts and DIIV. The result is a hypnotic collision of Dublin noise and New York hooks.

Originally formed by brothers Kilian and Daniel O’Kelly, Silverbacks have moved out of the family home and transformed into a fully-fledged five-piece, with three (THREE) guitars weaving a six stringed wall of noise. Their guitar lines have hints of DIIV and The Strokes during the main verse and chorus sections, meanwhile Emma Hanlon’s bubbling bassline provides an unrelenting and addictive sense of brooding throughout. 

There’s a dark self-awareness pouring from every ounce of the track’s being (yes ok so music doesn’t have a physical weight, but I think we can all agree that if it did it would be measured in ounces) that is dizzying and captivating. Silverbacks have an intensity that never sinks into the melodramatic or tiring, nor does their dryly humorous lyrical content slip into smugness. This is a band well worth keeping an eye on.

Words by Hattie Long