STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The Oxford, England band A Silent Film certainly does have a cinematic quality to their music.
Think Radiohead meets The Killers and Snow Patrol.
“I’m a bit of a film buff,” said singer/keyboardist Robert Stevenson, explaining that the band name came from a songwriting experiment putting companion lyrics to the piano score of Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 silent comedy-drama “The Kid.”
“I intended to title (the song) ‘A Silent Film.’ The name plays on the fact that music tells the story … makes you feel the emotions,” said Stevenson, who believes in having a musical soundtrack in one’s daily life.
Two songs from their just-released, third full-length album, “A Silent Film,” are carry-overs from the EP “New Year.” The U2-influenced single “Tomorrow,” unfortunately, wasn’t one of them; but odds are good you’ll hear it Nov. 2 at an upcoming concert at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. “I love playing the new songs, but we know how much people want to hear the old songs,” said Stevenson.
Featuring standout tracks like “Paralysed,” “Lightning Strike” and “Strong Enough,” Stevenson said he and drummer Spencer Walker are “really proud of the album.”
“Of course we think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done. Much more lively and … musically colorful,” he added.
They have good reason to be confident. The band got to test out many of the new songs performing them live for audiences in London and Oxford, and noted which ones got the best response. “The idea of involving fans with the choice of (new recorded) music is quite a new thing,” Stevenson said.
Actively encouraging interaction with their music, they’re online at www.asilentfilm.com, www.facebook.com/asilentfilm and www.youtube.com/user/asilentfilm, and on Twitter and Instagram @asilentfilm.
To flesh out the duo’s sound for a live concert setting, “A Silent Film” co-producer Matthew Wilcox (a one-time songwriting collaborator with Foster the People) will be part of the five-piece touring A Silent Film. The upcoming Union Transfer performance will be a more traditional rock show than their Philly appearance from May 5. That was during the “Secret Rooms” tour, when they played low-key, hyper-intimate, in-the-round shows in unorthodox locations for on-purpose small audiences.
IF YOU GO
What: A Silent Film in concert.
When: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
Where: Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.
Info.: Call (877) 4-FLY-TIX or visit www.utphilly.com.