Silent Party are a new band from South London. Their debut E.P “Fair Winds and Following Seas” was released in Late October, and from that EP here is the next single ‘Taxidermist’ out in July.
Silent Party formed in 2013 by Chris and Mike out of group of artists, movie makers and drama students dotted around East and South London. Unable to find a scene with which they felt kinship or agree on a band in whose footsteps they should follow, their début EP titled “Fair Winds and Following Seas” subtly references Arcade Fire, The National, Foals, Spiritualized, Wild Beasts, Deerhunter and Grizzly Bear.
Taxidermist is a high energy floor filler, up-beat pulsing guitar sounds contrast with the downbeat refrain of it’s lyrics. “If I’m cut I’m bleeding, if I’m wet I’m soaking. Nothing we do matters anyway.” to quickly become a glorious statement of acceptance.
Founding member Chris (guitar) started playing in bands on the Bromley / Croydon scene and studied music at ACM in Guildford and Liverpool University. Landing a marketing job at Universal offered a view into and from within the belly of the corporate music beast. Chris’ founding partner Mike (vocals), on the other hand, is related to former Goon Harry Secombe* and has performed on bills with Phil Jupitus and Tim Vine. With two Masters degrees in drama and acting, Mike’s letters are officially MDMA, which might just suggest, this won’t be a dull silent party after all.
Taxidermist by Silent Party is this week’s First Signs of Love – and joins the select group of the ‘songs we praise.*’