What has been on your playlist lately? For me it has been The Silent Boys’ Tilt-A-Whirl. While enjoying the warm springs day on my apartment’s balcony, I keep having this album on repeat due to its relaxing pop-rock vibe. Also for its nostalgic vibes that harken back to the mid-80s, a time where bands like the Feelies, REM, the Smiths, and the Go-Betweens were making waves.
But, what makes Tilt-A-Whirl so special, soothing, and nostalgic? Continue to read on to find out why. Also, don’t forget to check out the album below and tell me what you think about it in the comments below!
Tilt-A-Whirl Explained in the Band’s Own Words
The Silent Boys explained the concept of their brand new album with the following:
Inspired by life’s many twists and turns, “Tilt-A-Whirl” covers a myriad of themes, filtered through the perspective of Dietz’s experiences as a high school counselor. The Silent Boys present songs about chasing love and adventure, the allure of autumn days at a deserted beach, and finding inspiration for creativity in city living.
Acknowledging life doesn’t often unfold as expected, there are songs about the soullessness of consumerism, the turmoil from accepting a false image of beauty, and the dread from retreating to imaginary places to escape ridicule. For the Silent Boys, however, there’s always an underlying sense of hope derived from self-reflection, new perspectives, resilience, and forging ahead.
The Wistful Nature of Tilt-A-Whirl
The Silent Boys’ latest album features ten tracks that are diverse with its own melodies and rhythms. Yet, they all share a common trait: the instrumentation. Each song features an acoustic guitar, snappy drums, a deep yet stirring bass line, and a mellow electric guitar. There are times when the band incorporates other instruments like a keyboard or a blazing electric guitar, but the drums, guitars, vocals, and bass are the main characters in every song as they set the light 80s’ pop-rock mood.
If you are a fan of the Feelies, REM, the Smiths, and the Go-Betweens, then you will want to listen to Tilt-A-Whirl. You can hear the influences from these legendary rock bands featured in each tune: from the guitar chords to the main vocalist’s tone. And if you have never heard of Feelies, REM, the Smiths, and the Go-Betweens, you can still listen to Tilt-A-Whirl as many can relate to the lyrics, the melodies, or the nostalgic vibes of mid-80s’ rock.
Tilt-A-Whirl is such a perfect album to listen throughout the days with its luring acoustic melodies, soothing vocals, and positive lyrics. This album also elicits a sort of a nostalgic feeling as each song is inspired by the feels and melodies of the mid-80s. The acoustic guitar, snappy drums, a deep yet stirring bass line, and a mellow electric guitar helps the listener to remember those days, but to feel relaxed and be positive. Don’t you think Tilt-A-Whirl is a perfect album for early spring or summer nights?
What is your favorite song from Tilt-A-Whirl? Let me know in the comments below! For me, I personally like “Unorthodox” with it’s upbeat, funky tempo. The song also features keyboard and bass lines that are quick yet fabulous.
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About the Band: The Silent Boys
The Silent Boys are a band shrouded in mystery. Years spent in obscurity hide a back catalog of seven albums awash in ear-tugging jangle rock/pop and an undercurrent of haunting, Factory Records-style post-punk. The Silent Boys pull you into their sometimes upbeat, sometimes somber world where time has stopped in the mid-80’s with, as one writer noted, “ultra-melodic lead guitar, strumming acoustic, snappy drums, and expressive bass-lines that propel finely crafted pop songs, brimming with lyrical optimism.”
The Silent Boys sound like a retro-80’s band because, in every way, they ARE one! Bandleader and founder Wallace Dietz began his musical journey at college in the early ’80s, crafting his first songs on a $20 department-store guitar while original drummer Tom Bowling banged out beats on metal Kool-Aid cans. Espousing the DIY ethic of the college alternative rock scene, Dietz borrowed an electric guitar and secured a child-size drum kit for 6 ft 4 Bowling for their first studio session in 1986.
The Silent Boys continued to record throughout the ’80s (mostly with proper instruments!), and now, 40 years later, with their amps and guitars locked into the same settings as their formative years, the Silent Boys will debut their latest album, “Tilt-A-Whirl,” on May 15th, 2020.
The Silent Boys were once a constant part of the Richmond, Virginia alternative music scene, playing the local club circuit from the mid-’80s until 1991. Dietz reformed the group in 1999 after the release of several Silent Boys songs on various indie record labels. Since then, he has continued to write songs with a nod to the guitar pop greats of the 80’s—the Feelies, REM, the Smiths, the Go-Betweens, and others. Although the line-up has shifted over the years, the Silent Boys currently consist of singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Dietz, longtime lead guitarist John Suchocki, drummer John Morand, and bassist Michael Click.