A Silent Film
|A Silent Film|
|Origin||Oxford, England, UK|
|Genres||Piano rock, Alternative rock|
|Labels||Creative Media Investments, Xtra Mile Recordings, Bieler Bros., Silent Songs|
|Past members||Karl Bareham
A Silent Film are an English alternative rock band from Oxford. The band consists of Robert Stevenson (vocals/piano/guitar), and Spencer Walker (drums). Their first album, The City That Sleeps, was released on 6 October 2008, with one reviewer describing it as "a surefire winner".
Formation and early years
The band formed in 2008. Three of the five members (Robert Stevenson, Spencer Walker, and Lewis Jones) had been members of another band named Shouting Myke, which formed in early 2000. In 2005 two members (Benn Clarke and Steve Meyer-Rassow) left the band and were replaced by Ali Hussain, whose older brother is noted classical conductor Leo Hussain. The newly formed band chose the name 'A Silent Film' after the lead singer, Robert Stevenson, wrote a song using the melody from a song from a Charlie Chaplin film; the band agreed they liked the style and chose the name as a reference to Charlie Chaplin's many silent films.
The City That Sleeps
The original UK version of the album, produced by Sam Williams, contains 11 tracks, including the single "You Will Leave a Mark". This single was number one in the Sunday Times Culture magazine's 'Hottest Downloads' chart. A reviewer compared the album to the music of Coldplay and described it as 'catchy and accessible.
After the album's release the band toured the UK and then Portugal where they quickly became popular. After a matter of weeks their song "You Will Leave a Mark" reached top of the Portuguese download singles charts, followed by the album soon after.
The band have played and toured with OneRepublic, Scouting for Girls, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Temper Trap, Sleigh Bells, Biffy Clyro, Fitz & The Tantrums, Civil Twilight, Athlete and Blue October.
The song "You Will Leave a Mark" was featured as an iTunes Discovery Download as has so far been downloaded over 110,000 times.
In 2009, the song "You Will Leave a Mark" was nominated for the XFM New Music Award.
In 2010 The City That Sleeps was re-released in the US with two alternate tracks, "Driven By Their Beating Hearts" and "Firefly in My Window".
In 2010 the band's song "Aurora" was featured on Linkin Park's iTunes celebrity playlist podcast.
"You Will Leave a Mark" topped numerous national radio most-requested playlists, picking up first place at the Sirius Alt Nation awards for 'Best in Studio Performance' and ranked No. 4 for 'Song of the Year' behind only Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, and Vampire Weekend. The song also peaked at No. 38 on Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
Multiple syncs on MTV's The Hills, The Hard Times of R J Berger, Investigation Discovery and an appearance on the Rockband video game have all helped raise the awareness of the band in the United States.
Sand and Snow
A Silent Film released their album Sand & Snow on June 5, 2012. The self-produced album contains 11 tracks, with 3 additional songs on the bonus edition. It has been praised for its musical depth and creativity and has a notably stronger electronic influence than their first album. 
The album produced two hit singles, “Danny, Dakota, and The Wishing Well” and “Harbour Lights.” 
Following Sand & Snow's release, the band announced their appearance at Firefly Music Festival in Delaware alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Foster The People, Vampire Weekend, and many more.
The album peaked at No. 38 on the Top Heatseekers chart in 2013. 
On April 21, 2015, A Silent Film released their 5-track EP New Year. The EP was self-produced, in collaboration with Matt Wilcox, and was mixed by The City that Sleeps producer Sam Williams.
After the release, the band started their Secret Rooms tour, giving 12 intimate performances in the biggest cities across America. The tour completely sold out.
Recorded in a rustic studio on a pecan farm just outside El Paso Texas, the new EP from A Silent Film, New Year, expands on the cinematic alternative rock of 2012's Sand & Snow and 2010's The City that Sleeps.
"Tomorrow" has been praised for its strong storytelling quality, depth, and power.
A Silent Film
A Silent Film announced their return on October 16 with the follow up to the critically acclaimed Sand & Snow: the new full-length studio album A Silent Film. The highly anticipated eponymous album will be released on A Silent Film’s own label, Silent Songs. Produced by the band’s Robert Stevenson and Spencer Walker, with assistance from Matthew Wilcox (Foster the People, Bethel Music), the 11-track album was recorded in A Silent Film’s hometown of Oxford, UK over a five-week period..
In conjunction with the release of their new EP, New Year, the band created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their most dedicated fans. Secret Rooms in 12 super-intimate performances in non-traditional venues throughout the U.S., revealed to ticket buyers just days before each show. Using only production elements designed and hand-crafted by the band themselves, A Silent Film transformed unique spaces such as a historic recording studio, an abandoned warehouse, and even an old silent movie production studio, into unique, in-the-round concert venues. With only 50 guests each night, the band was within arms-reach of every audience member, allowing for a level of intimacy and interaction between band and fan that no one present had ever experienced. The entire tour was documented by noted videographer Luca Venter and videos of the performances are being posted throughout July for those who couldn’t attend to experience.
|The City That Sleeps||
|Sand & Snow||
|A Silent Film||
|The Projectionist (EP)||
|You Will Leave a Mark||
|New Year (EP)||
|Lightning Strike (Single)||
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