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Silvertin was formed in 2003 by a group of students from the University of Leeds. The original line-up consisted of Rich Bradley (vocals), Andrew Green (Guitar), Ryan McCarry (Guitar), Mike McWean (Bass), and Tom Jenkins (Drums). Their initial work, under the name The Fade, consisted of psychedelic explorations influenced by bands such as, Funkadelic, Maze and Pink Floyd.
Soon the band began to lean towards a British indie rock sound. Bradley switched to playing rhythm guitar as well as singing and began writing songs heavily influenced by bands such as The Verve, The Stone Roses and The Charlatans. Green moved to keyboards, adding layers of piano, Hammond and Rhodes. The early sound was defined by McCarry’s, use of heavy, delayed distortion countered by Bradley’s rhythmic vocal melodies.
Eventually Jenkins left the band and Stu Gibson took over on drums bringing an explosive Rock sound to the rhythm section and adding backing vocals and harmonies. In acknowledgment of this change the band renamed themselves Silvertin, merging the words of the title of the final song written by old line up.
After being spotted at a gig in what used to be ‘The Mixing Tin’ in Leeds, the band was adopted by a Manchester promoter, Imagine records. A string of gigs ensued in Liverpool and Manchester with the band leaving behind the Heavy Rock and Punk filled venues of the Leeds Music Scene and finding a captive Indie audience in the North West.
During this time the band attempted numerous recordings, racking up sessions in studios around Leeds. Unhappy with the sound they were achieving, the band discarded the recordings, keeping only the raw drum tracks, and set about acquiring their own recording equipment. The next few years saw a steep learning curve in music production as the band gradually accumulated a recording setup. However, this period coincided with personal upheaval and turbulence within the band which effectively ended their time with Imagine.
Two albums of live material which succeeded in capturing the sound they had been striving for was eventually produced but never released as by that time the band were moving in a new direction and felt they had moved beyond the material.
Their first publicly released album ‘Dirty Oxygen’ was completed in May 2012 and was released via the music community website SoundCloud as a free download. The album was recorded, re-recorded, mixed and mastered by the band. It represented a new approach to writing in which the drums and bass would play a more pivotal role in determining the direction of each song with each melodic part feeding off the rhythm. The hope was to produce an organic and original sounding album with no distinguishable influences; however the production style reveals a fondness for bands such as Doves, The Boxer Rebellion, Fleet Foxes, Turin Brakes and Midlake. The recurring lyrical theme of the album centres on the dichotomy between regret and catharsis, mistakes and redemption.
Silvertin are currently writing new material which appears to be taking them in another new direction.