Photo by Dominic Jon Gregory.
Silhouettes is a new alternative/pop-rock quartet from Worksop in Nottinghamshire. Their sound combines early 00’s Emo influences from the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Copeland and Brand New with modern day Pop Rock influences taken from Mallory Knox, Lower Than Atlantis and You Me At Six. We caught up with them to find out more.
How did you get started?
Mike (guitars) was at uni doing his final project producing a few songs and he chose to record Matt (vocals) from knowing some of his work with other bands in the past, then after the project was over they decided to jam and write a few songs before turning it into a band. Chris (bass) knew us through a friend and approached us after hearing some demos and he was absolutely perfect for what we wanted. Ash (drums) was the final piece of the puzzle, he was recommended to us whilst we were putting feelers out for a drummer.
You’re currently getting ready for a fairly extensive tour – what can fans expect from the shows?
Having spent the last few months focusing on recording our debut EP Old Flames and putting out our first music video for Fluctuations we’re raring to go with the live shows – fans can expect some huge vocal harmonies and some crazy guitar moves from Mike!
What’s your favourite thing about touring?
This will be our first full tour as Silhouettes but we’ve all been in other bands in the past and played extensively in the UK. We spend a lot of time in our hometown working in the day and practising at night so for us we’re most looking forward to visiting places we’ve never been before and meeting all the new people that comes with it. And of course, doing what we love every night!
Is there anything you dislike?
We’ve not really come across any negatives yet whilst gigging as we’re having too much fun. I suppose if Mike could hold his farts in more whilst in the van it would be a more pleasurable experience for all involved.
If you could tour with any band, who would you choose and why?
This is a tough one as individually we draw our influences from all across the board and in different ways. Sharing the stage with bands such as You Me At Six or Fightstar would be amazing, as they have impacted our music in someway. Currently though, we just feel lucky that we’re getting to share the stage with some great up and coming bands.
What has been your best experience in the business?
So far for us, it’s been recording and releasing the video for our latest release Fluctuations. The reaction we’ve got from it has been awesome and we’re all really happy that people like it as much as they do. We’ve been played on BBC introducing a few times and that was pretty cool hearing our songs getting radio time.
And what’s the hardest thing about being in the business?
Probably trying to juggle working, playing in a band and having other commitments. Everything costs money and we all have to work full time to afford to do what we do. Some of the band work until 8 at night and then we’ll be practising afterwards until midnight so it’s hard to get the balance right. We’re not complaining though, we’re having a blast doing what we do!
Who are your role models and idols?
We look up to a bunch of people and bands to be honest, if I had to choose a few bands to represent everyone in Silhouettes I’d say You Me At Six, Fightstar, Emarosa, Brandnew and Taking Back Sunday.
And what are your plans for the rest of 2015 aside from touring?
We really want to keep the momentum going with touring this year but aside from that we’re already writing new material and demos. We’re going to be putting out a video for our next release Old Flames – the title track of our EP. The focus for us this year though is just to get our music out to as many people as possible and grow, as a band should.