Silver Sun

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For the albums, see Silver Sun (Silver Sun album) and Silver Sun (Nothing's Carved in Stone album). For the television series, see Silversun.
Not to be confused with Silversun Pickups. ‹See Tfd›
Silver Sun
Origin Camden, London
Genres Indie, power pop, alternative rock, sunshine rock, pop punk
Years active 1996–present
Labels Polydor, Invisible Hands
Members James Broad - Lead vocals, guitar
Richard Buckton - Bass, piano, vocals
Paul Smith - guitar
Jason Panudy - drums, vocals
Past members Richard Sayce - drums

Silver Sun are an English, indie, power pop band, who formed in 1995 in Camden, London.[1] They are known for their use of "harmonies modelled [sic] after The Beach Boys" and "guitars that...chopped their way through songs with a sharp, metallic blade."[2] They flirted briefly with success in the late 1990s, with their first two albums being released by Polydor Records, but soon returned to "indie" status.

Career[edit]

They were initially called Sun..! and released their first EP under that name.[1] They were forced to alter the name soon afterwards, and chose 'Silver' after The Beatles' original name, 'The Silver Beetles'. The single "Lava" was their first under the new name. Groups such as Super Furry Animals also wrote music in a similar style at the time, although the US bands Weezer and Jellyfish are a closer match.

Their eponymous debut album was released in 1997, and was characterised by strong vocal harmonies and energetic choruses.[citation needed] It was also the first album to be co-produced by Nigel Godrich, who went on to produce Radiohead and Paul McCartney. The song "Golden Skin" was featured on the soundtrack to the 1990s British comedy film, Shooting Fish.

The band toured extensively during 1997 and 1998, headlining and supporting Sleeper, James, Gene, Mansun and Ash. They also played Glastonbury, Reading, Lowlands and the V Festivals in 1997.

The band's second album Neo Wave was released the following year and was produced by Al Clay. It contained their biggest hit "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", a cover of the Johnny Mathis ballad which the band originally recorded for fun during a B-side recording session. The EP release also contained a version of Rush's "Xanadu" which the band condensed into a four minute pop song, as well as a cover of My Bloody Valentine's "You Made Me Realise".[1]

In 1999, the band were dropped by Polydor Records and spent some time out pursuing other projects. Richard Buckton wrote tracks with producer Pete Woodroffe for Spice Girl Mel C amongst others. Paul Smith took time out to gain a degree in sound technology. Richard Sayce formed the group Malibu with wife George, and James Broad continued writing further Silver Sun material.

The band released a third album, Disappear Here, in 2005, this time on the Invisible Hands label. This album was remarkable in that lead singer Broad was the sole artist to appear on the recordings, having played all musical instruments and sung all of the vocals. In spite of this, the full original line-up played at the accompanying gigs.

In a more recent rare foray into the mass-media, their song "Last Day" was used on the Hollyoaks soundtrack on 24 January 2006, the band having signed a deal with the programme in 1997 allowing them to use material.

Their fourth album, Dad's Weird Dream, was released in Japan on 11 September 2006. However, the decision was taken to remix it for the UK market, where it was released on 4 December 2006. One track, "Fallen" was remixed by Nigel Godrich, working with the band for the first time since their debut, and was available as an iTunes exclusive EP. Unlike its predecessor, the entire original line-up has participated in the recording, although Sayce is only credited with backing vocals, as the band used programmed drums for the album.

In June, 2009, Broad uploaded "The Pain Don't Come So Easy," which he describes as a "new Silver Sun song," to YouTube under his user name, "lordmelbury." In December of that year, he released a new track, "Access," as a digital only download on iTunes.

Between August and October, 2011, James Broad posted four songs on his SoundCloud page, under the user name "lordmelbury," and these, too, are in the Silver Sun style.

In April 2012, Silver Sun released a live, digital album containing songs from their first two albums titled Live! - More Than You'll Ever Need, and in August 2013, they released a fifth studio album, also a digital-only release, A Lick and a Promise. James Broad was listed as the sole songwriter and performer. It contained one song that had previously been available on YouTube, "The Pain Don't Come So Easy," and two on James Broad's SoundCloud page, "Little Wonder" and "Small Town Affair."

Discography[edit]

Silver Sun discography
Releases
Studio albums 5
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 2
EPs 2
Singles 10

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Chart positions
UK
[3]
JP
[4]
1997 Silver Sun 30 60
1998 Neo Wave
  • Released: 5 October 1998
  • Label: Polydor
74
2005 Disappear Here
  • Released: 18 April 2005
  • Label: Invisible Hands Music
2006 Dad's Weird Dream
  • Released: 4 December 2006
  • Label: Invisible Hands Music
2013 A Lick and a Promise
  • Released: 22 August 2013 (Digital only release)
  • Label: Invisible Hands Music

Live albums[edit]

Year Information
2012 Live - More Than You'll Ever Need
  • Released: 23 April 2012 (Digital only release)
  • Label: Invisible Hands Music

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Information
1997 You Are Here
  • Released: 26 March 1997 (Japan only B-Sides collection)
  • Label: Polydor
B Is For Silver Sun
  • Released: 6 November 1997 (Japan only B-Sides collection)
  • Label: Polydor

Extended plays[edit]

Year Information Chart positions
UK Singles Chart[5][3]
1996 Sun..! EP
  • Released: 2 August 1996
  • Label: Polydor
142
1998 Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
  • Released: 14 September 1998
  • Label: Polydor
20

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album Chart positions
UK Singles Chart[3]
1996 "Lava" Silver Sun 54
1997 "Last Day" 48
"Golden Skin" 32
"Julia" 51
"Lava" (re-release) 35
1998 "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" Neo Wave 20
"I'll See You Around" 26
2004 "Bubblegum" Disappear Here
2005 "Immediate"
2007 "Fallen" Dad's Weird Dream

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Contributions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 875–876. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ Hann, Michael. "Old music: Silver Sun – Last Day". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 498. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Japan: Album positions". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "UK Chartlog". zobbel.de. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 

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