Baltimore rock act Silvertung just released a new EP called (But, At What Cost??!). The band, which had originally garnered attention years ago for songs like “Never Too Late”, and “Face the Music”, thinks they’ve put together their best work to date and we can’t really argue with them on that assessment. Recently, the band’s frontman and guitarist Speed talked with Alternative Addiction about the band’s new EP.
“It took about a year,” began the Silvertung frontman. “We started around this time last year with small writing sessions trying to figure out exactly what to do. Once we talked to our producer Steven Wright, he suggested we do something different, he wanted us to bring our song ideas to the studio and work on them. We thought that was a huge twist for us, so we went in and did it. I can’t complain about anything on the album, I’m really happy with it.”
Besides writing in the studio, the band wrote all the lyrics after the music was already finished up. That’s a lot different from the band’s work on their past couple of releases, Lighten Up and Out of the Box.
“On this album I didn’t write any lyrics until the music was done for two weeks. The structure of the songs were done and the songs were recorded, then we laid down vocals. It was challenging, I had never done that. Usually I would write and start writing melody lines. We didn’t do that this time. It was a challenge. I had never recorded and then gone back and wrote melodies and lyrics before. It was a good challenge, I think. It caused me to grow as a writer.”
“Trying to structure it inside of the length of the verse is hard. Between figuring out how to fit the melody inside the measure of the music but trying to find a good melody was difficult too. I had to sit back with each song and decide how it made me feel. Luckily, I had a lot of stories to tell and a lot of things built up inside that I had to get out. The whole writing process is completely different form anything we’d ever done.”
Speed also talked about a couple of the songs on the record. He said that "Done My Best" is a song with a lot of twists and turns, so that served as a starting point for everything on the EP. He also talked about our favorite track from the EP, the opening song called “Dodging Bullets.”
“’Dodging Bullets’ was special to me. I was listening to a lot of old Pantera when Vinny passed away. I was digging some old Pantera. I wish I was around to see those guys live. I was listening to that and that’s how it made me feel. I wanted to write something aggressive about something that was going on in my life. That came out the most aggressive song on the album, at least to me.”
With aggressive mainstream rock bands, there’s not a ton of originality out there right now in the genre. That’s why it’s cool to discover a band like Silvertung. We also talked with Speed about the band’s live show and it’s appeal for casual fans of the music.
“We just go out there and have fun. We try to have a good time and that’s what we want everybody else to do. That’s the response we get from the crowd. When we play in Chicago or Wisconsin, they really don’t know us yet. I don’t think anything we do sets us aside from anybody else, we just have a good time with each other on stage and we feed off the crowd. When we have that much fun, it causes them to have fun. We just go out there and try and put on the best show we can."
(But, At What Cost??!) is out now. -aa