Silverbacks Share New Single & Video “A Job Worth Something”
Archive Material Named Among The Most Anticipated Albums of 2022 By Stereogum & Paste
LP Out Jan 21st, 2022 via Full Time Hobby
Dublin art-rock quintet Silverbacks are sharing “A Job Worth Something”, the latest track to be taken from their upcoming new album Archive Material which is set for release on January 21st via Full Time Hobby.
Premiered by FADER the track is the final single from the new album that has so far seen high praise on both sides of the Atlantic, and recently earned “most anticipated LPs of 2022” honors from Stereogum and Paste, and a glowing Album of The Day feature from Bandcamp. As FADER describes it the track “weaves anxiety, pride, and a dash of shame into three minutes of wiry punk.”
Silverbacks have developed into one of the most compelling acts around, continuously progressing their craftmanship and consistently creating these bold enigmatic hits. The new track is another stellar composition to add to their ever-growing body of work. Infectious melodies, angular passages, and this enthralling energy are captured from start to finish. The dual-vocals collide and elevate the lyrics further into their expressive atmosphere, it’s a quick-paced, raucous, gritty ensemble that oozes this creative flair and maximizes the punk-infused current that intensifies throughout.
As Silverbacks release more new music from the follow-up to their Choice Music Prize-nominated debut album Fad, a picture of the band’s sardonic, often surrealist view of the characters and communities in their lives has emerged. In new track “A Job Worth Something”, Silverbacks turn the focus onto themselves and call into question their own value in the world. Vocalist and guitarist Daniel O’Kelly comments further on the song.
“For most of the pandemic I lived with my sister who is a healthcare worker and was working in the designated covid hospital in St James’ Dublin. Unfortunately, I was far less heroic, writing copy for a car insurance company.
This song is about feeling embarrassed about how different our lives were at this time. When it comes to telling my grandchildren what all this was like, I’ll be telling them about my sisters who have more important stories to share.”
Archive Material only cements Silverbacks’ status as one of Ireland’s most fascinating bands. Recorded at Dublin’s Sonic Studios in November 2020, with Daniel Fox undertaking production duties once more, it finds the band leaning into their early influences, delivering idiosyncratic indie-rock packed with intricate, Tom Verlaine-esque “guitarmony”. Other reference points for the record included Neil Young, Weyes Blood and – on ‘Wear My Medals’ in particular – Bradford Cox and Cate Le Bon’s collaborative record Myths 004.
Where Fad found Silverbacks focused on recapturing the live experience rather than reveling in studio experimentation, Archive Material skillfully traverses the line between the two. As a unit, they replicate that irrepressible live energy via complex arrangements incorporating everything from wistful Rhodes (‘Carshade’) to congas and Gang Of Four-style bass (‘Different Kind Of Holiday’).
Thematically, the record is every bit as rich, displaying an anthropological approach as exemplified by the album’s artwork. The initial premise for ‘They Were Never Our People’ came from a YouTube comment, portraying the decline of a town that has lost its footfall as the result of a bypass. Meanwhile, ‘Central Tones’ is an empathetic character study of someone seemingly content to trade off former glories, but secretly deeply unhappy.
On several songs, the pandemic functions as a particularly effective prism through which to examine ideas of community. ‘A Job Worth Something’ finds Daniel reflecting on his real-life experiences working in insurance while his sister treated patients on a COVID ward, and the feelings of futility and guilt he felt at the time. ‘Different Kind Of Holiday’ was inspired by the ways in which previously uncommunicative neighbours bonded with each other during periods of enforced confinement. Throughout, his observations arrived drenched in the same surreal strain of gallow’s humour that many of us were forced to adopt to lighten the toughest moments of the lockdown.
Daniel explains, “I can’t remember who it was, but I saw a musician who said that they’d be keeping away from writing anything about the pandemic, because who wants to hear about that? But I’d much rather hear about an event via someone who actually lived through it, rather than someone writing about it retrospectively.”
Keenly observed and vividly rendered, Archive Material is an eye-witness account of human resilience as much as it is a compelling indie-rock record. Future historians take note.
1. Archive Material
2. A Job Worth Something
3. Wear My Medals
4. They Were Never Our People
5. Rolodex City
6. Different Kind of Holiday
8. Central Tones
9. Recycle Culture
11. Nothing To Write Home About
12. I’m Wild
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