Silver and Smoke (Dever, CO) talk on “Crooked Road” production, thought process, and upcoming plans

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Dever, CO’s Silver and Smoke sat down with us at THISISWHEREIAMALIVE to chat about their newest release of the video for their track, “Crooked Road,” some of their upcoming plans for this year and beyond, (a Silver and Smoke beer even? Put my name on the sign up list wherever it is)  as well as some of the work that went into the production of the video.

The video takes you through the guys practice space, to sound check and the real thing at their live performances, ending with live shots of the concert and fan reactions. Personally, I loved the concept of giving the video to the fans becasue after all, a musician or band is nothing without it’s fans. The video lends itself to the natural flow of musicianship in rehearsal, to the venue and the performance. Scroll all the way to the bottom past te interview to check it out!

(Lia Davis): Introduce yourself to us! Where are you guys from, and how long have you been a band? What genre do you identify as?

(Rick Brown):  Diego was born in Chile, but for the most part, all 4 of us grew up in Aurora, CO. Silver And Smoke has been a band for about 2 years. Dino and Ty have played with a few other members in the band, but with the current members, we have been playing together for a year. We really don’t know what genre to consider ourselves. Even after we finish playing live, people come ask us what genre we identify as. We just play music. We write each song in a style we feel fits that individual song best.

(Lia Davis): How long did it take you to put together the music video for Crooked Road?

(Ty Bray): Our first day of shooting at the Acacia Jade Studios was in mid April, then the concert we filmed was on May 5th. We spent the next couple months tweaking, mixing and mastering the actual song while 4th Kind Entertainment worked on editing the footage. All told, the project spanned about four months.

(Lia Davis): What was your thought process behind including shots of your audience, and live fan reactions?

(Diego Valenzuela): It was part of the video concept of the video and the song itself. Starting at our rehearsal space at Acacia Jade Studios, then to our sound check, and finally how it all comes together at the end at our live performances. We also find ourselves incredibly fortunate to have the friends, family, and following that we have. We put a lot of work into our music and performances and we could t be here without our fans. It’s to show them that we appreciate them just as much as they support us.

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(Lia Davis): How do you think “Crooked Road” reflects the overall sound of your upcoming EP?

(Dino Ianni): “Crooked Road” is probably the song that could best be classified as our “ballad” for the album – so to speak. Even then, it gets pretty rowdy in the second half of the song, so I guess it’s all perspective. “Crooked Road” and our other single, “Burning Bridges,” are the centerpieces of this album (or bookends if you want to look at it that way). They’re two extremely different sounding songs, but they represent the diversity of the music we play, and in a way, the variety of influences and personalities that make up Silver And Smoke. You’re gonna get some blues, you’re gonna get some head banging, you’re gonna get some soul. A surprising range of emotions packed into one body.

(Lia Davis): What does the lyrical content of this song show about you guys as a whole?
(Ty Bray): This song came to Dino and I over the course of about an hour and a half. Interestingly, it’s not really typical of our sound, and the lyrics are more optimistic in tone than some of our music. Crooked Road tells the story of someone who is doing anything to achieve their goal, with only the thought of a loved one pushing them forward.

(Lia Davis): How does this EP compare to your past two releases? 
(Dino Ianni): As a young(ish) band, relatively new to the scene, this upcoming EP (our third album so far) makes sense from both a musical development standpoint, and a demand standpoint. Our first year was somewhat of a mess as we had about five different iterations of the band, with people joining and leaving throughout the year. But this past year has been much more stable and I think that will show in this next album. We now have four song-writers instead of just two, so you’ll see a higher level of musicianship and production in this album compared to our last two.
And demand: this past year has seen our music played on multiple radio and online stations, shows being sponsored by radio stations, gigs of all shapes and sizes at venues all across Colorado, participation in one of the biggest music events in Denver (Underground Music Showcase), sponsorships by major local companies, and a whole other list of events that we are incredibly proud of and thankful for. The undercurrent throughout all of that is our fans – the people who give us our lifeblood so we can carry on.

While art is somewhat personal, we try extremely hard to make sure our fans know how much we love them. And our best way to do that is through music. So this album is a way to bring something new and exciting to the very people who’ve helped support us through this journey we’ve embarked upon.
(Lia Davis): How has the feedback been so far for the video? 
(Diego Valenzuela): The feedback has been incredible! It’s our second music video and it is close to reaching 8k views on Facebook which, for us, is such an achievement. People that we have never met or interacted with have given praise to it and shared it and that feels so good. It’s great that people have received it so well, both the video and the single!

(Lia Davis): Any anticipated “big things” coming up for this year or next?

(Rick Brown): Yeah! We are definitely excited to release the new songs we have been recording, and we are planning on traveling to new cities in the near future. We also are partnering with microbrewery to create an exclusive Silver And Smoke beer in 2018 – stay tuned!


Raise the Tides (post hardcore) stream single “My Life, My Time”

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Post hardcore four piece Raise the Tides out of Syracuse, NY are now streaming their new single “My Life, My Time” below!

The single (produced by Zach Teller of Between Hope & Fear) is reminiscent of Atreyu and definitely packs a punch for being these guys’ first ever recorded track.

Heavy hiting and well timed, this song moves in and out with purpose and does well to keep a consistent, and capturing sound.

Check it out below!

Get Along (indie gospel punk) on new EP “Let My People Go,” talk writing process, and inspirations, track by track review

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Our friends Cara and Nick Yanez in Get ALong, out of Boulder, CO gave us the opportunity to peek at their upcoming release “Let My People Go EP” which is set to hit the public on Septmber 22! Make sure to check out our interview with them as well below the review, scroll to the bottom to skip straight to what they had to say!

“Death of a Death Metal Band” has a great intense buildup through the intro and the first verse, and then follows through the swell throughout the track. There are a multitude of elements that speak to the mixture of genres and complexity that Get Along artfully combines. As the opener to this EP, DOADMB does well to give listeners a taste of what Get Along is all about. Although this track is a bit jarring to the un-expecting ear, and wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, it sets the EP up for a unique start- undeniably a Get Along sound.

“Death of a Spirit Animal” was a track we previously discovered here on THISISWHEREIAMALIVE, one that introduced me to the art of intertwining sounds that if done right would sound like nothing you had ever heard before. Described as, “earthly, new age- gospel, and anything but conventional” as well as, “bringing a new dimension to the word ‘punk’ with energy filled sets and passion for music the same way your favorite headliners bring but putting a tonal twist on indie-rock.”

Death of a Spirit Animal has become one of my favorite easy listening tracks since it’s initial release; a mellow and rhythmic sway to take you through the intro before their swell through the pre-chorus. The chorus brings in a slightly jazzy feel, with a snappy rhythm, vocals that match a gospel singer and perky guitar notes.

“Let My People Go I” certainly made for a different take on intros as we see Cara’s vocal talents shine through. Reminiscent of a lullaby with twinkling tones and piano, until a flawless transition sees the walking rhythm through with steady drum lines and a subtle synth. A truly liberating track at the root of the lyrics, and impressive vocal range, this track moves to your emotions and shows off talent.

“Let My People Go II” has a more upbeat and lifting tone, while still containing the same emotive quality. Through the verse we don’t see the same swell as the chorus (in contrast to DOADMB) although it suits this track very well to have the verses toned down a bit for Cara’s voice to shine, and strip down the music to the true craftsmanship in it. As far as favorites go, this track definitely made my list.

“Exodus” reminds me greatly of gospel choir, and have the same positive, uplifting tone to match through the intro. With horn influences and piano to supplement vocals, this track definitely mellows the whole EP to round out the five song piece as another part to the puzzle.

Overall, I really enjoyed this EP. As far as easy listening goes, these guys are the one. On a scale of one to ten, these guys fall at an 8 for me. The mellow intensity these guys manage to bring together continues to impress me, and the woven net of complexity they pack into a punch is deserving of a listen, and a download. Keep your eyes out for when the EP is released on September 22!

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