Ned‘s Atomic Dustbin. The Silencers. Prokofiev‘s centenary. Paul Brady. Marilyn Crispell. Carol Kidd and Humphrey Lyttleton.
LISTINGS: ROCK 8t BLUES 35 JAZZ 38 FOLK. & WORLD 39 LIGHT 37 CLASSICAL 40
the UK listing. With theiroft-trumpeted Celtic/rootsy identity. The Silencers are the type of home-grown. home-loved band the new chart is constructed to favour. ‘Who gives a fuck‘." is ()‘Neill‘s response to their top five appearance. ‘Naw. it‘s great — we're now in the chart in Scotland. in France. Spain and Finland. It means you're doing something somewhere - it‘s only England we‘ve got a problem with. That's the one hassle.‘
Dance. . . consideringitstwo predecessors. displays a hitherto concealed range ofappeal. stemming in part from the all-new shining bright Silencers line-up. Compared to earlier. trad. chest-thumping rockers with a median tedium. the new stuff is adventurous in its diversity. There's a taxi engine back-beat. guitars with a sweaty raunch rather than an anthemic swirl. growling. out-of—the-mix vocals. snips ofsamples and the seedy thrill of the Gulf-nixed single ‘Bulletproof l-leart‘.
‘With the track ‘Robinson Crusoe In New York‘ (the one with the snapping pulse of the taxi engine), we really tried to make something that was a complete departure. And after having done it and everybody loving it. rather than having it as the last track we thought we might as well jump right in at the deep end and start the album with it. It‘s the sorta thing we‘d never have attempted before but we wanted to do this because we now have the musical ability to carry it off.‘
‘We‘ve always been pretty eclectic anyway.‘ says ()‘Neill. though issue could be taken with ‘always’. ‘Now we‘re just going where the imagination takes us. Rather than just a tcn-songalbum. we want to dosomething. . . more than that. lt‘sjust a matter of us having more experience. now when I think of the future the possibilities are endless.‘
The Silencers play Edinburgh Queen '5 Hall on Saturday [3 April; .‘IUlllt’rH'F/l Civic Centre Wednesday I 7. and (ilusgolt' Barrow/and Friday I 9 April.
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The Silencers have returned; all | new. brimming over with l confidence and parading. in t Scotland at least. a big hit. Craig McLean reports.
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rock".' So there tnust always have been something there that lent itselfto big stages. 1 mean. I must admit that The Silencers nowadays are the kind of _' band who could go into a small venue and play the i kind of music that‘s suitable in a small venue as Jimmie O'Neil (bottom) or The Silencer: H‘t’ll (1.8" in (1 big t't’tlltt’. ‘ ' ncycr [00de back.
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