It’s been awhile since Australia’s Silverlight Shadows has had new material out but this week will see a new single, “Black the World,” to be released as part of a split 7” with Monarchus. The band is equal parts fuzz, stoner metal, grunge, high energy rock, and just the right amount of punk. They’ve garnered quite a fan base in their home country due to their full-octane live shows and are hoping to broaden that base in 2020. Just ahead of the single release we had the opportunity to pose our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it went down.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
From the moment I saw Animal from the Muppets I was fucking sold. To see him go absolutely crazy just made me want to do the same. Mix that with my old man banging his head to Deep Purple in the car there was no way I could escape that fast, heavy and frenetic beast that is rock. After that I got a guitar and would stay in my room practicing all day. From there I started jamming with friends from school in the garage. After that I moved to the city and started my first band. I don’t think I have quite achieved the level of success I hoped for yet but I’m not far off it.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
I recently saw a funny band poster and the caption was, “I was told this is one of the things you had to do to make it big in the music industry.” Below that was a picture of a dude with his tongue lodged firmly in a giant hairy ass. I guess that sums it up pretty well. Obviously I haven’t actually done this but sometimes that’s what it feels like you have to do.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
The underground scene is really strong in Melbourne. There are heaps of awesome bands and plenty of cool venues. You can pretty much catch an awesome band here any night of the week. There are some really good relatively unknown bands who in my opinion are kick ass. We also have two great community radio stations, PBS and RRR, that showcase and promote the underground music scene. I think the worst thing happening is the lack of support for these awesome live venues. A lot of them are really struggling and it would be great if people got out there and supported the scene a little more.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
I think climate change is a big issue, obviously and at the moment we are working on a new film clip for our new single “Black the World” next month will touch on this. I also think we are all (myself included) way too addicted to staring at our phones. Sometimes you go out somewhere and everyone just sits around looking at their phones. Talk to each other. Look around and take in the world, it’s an amazing place, and we have commented on this in the song “Never Alone” on our Headspace album. We are influenced and write music about lots of things that happen in our daily life.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
One of my friends older brothers was a total metalhead. He was always listening to Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, etc. I was fascinated by it. The t-shirts looked scary and dangerous. Eddie (Iron Maiden) looked so cool, I remember him playing “Tail Gunner” and “Number of the Beast” by Maiden and I just loved it. He also told me there was a song by WASP called “Fuck Like a Beast” which just seemed totally outrageous back then. I don’t think Mum was very impressed about it all but I was sold, there was no turning back.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Just get out there and do it and have fun. Musicians need all the help we can get to promote our music.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
We just want to continue to ROCK. World domination is not on the list. We are just hoping to put a dent in the global rock underground. Dan our bass player is an electrician, Rick the drummer is a truck driver. I am currently not doing the 9-5 at the moment as I’m 100% committed to music, managing and promoting the band.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal).
I listen to a lot of music. I love vinyl and always have it on in the background. Today I have been listening to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest’ the Rats Nest, Melvins – Houdini and Amyl and the Sniffers – S/T.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We will be releasing our single “Black the World” on the 10th of January 2020 digitally. It is going to be released on a split 7 inch vinyl with our friends Monarchus. The launch show for this is on Saturday 18th of Jan 2020 at the Last Chance Rock N Roll bar in Melbourne Australia. It’s going to be a huge night. After that we hope to play a lot of shows around Australia and hopefully internationally. We also have a lot of new tracks that we are looking forward to recording over the next 12 months. Dan has written some killer songs that he will sing and play guitar on and I will jump on the bass for these.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the publication)
Many thanks to Silverlight Shadows for their time!