Jan 24 2019
Introducing: The Idle Silence
Having just spent the entire weekend in the studio recording material to share with the world I thought it was best I introduce you to an exciting new band to come through the Somerset area. I have no doubt that we will be seeing and hearing a lot from The Idle Silence lads in the coming years so get to know them first here!
Where did it all begin, why did you form the band?
Jim had loads of half finished songs hanging around for ages and decided to finish them up and look for a band. Through local music ads, found Martyn and Phil. After a couple of meets in pubs to gauge whether we could stand to be in a room with each other, we got together and played the songs.
Turns out that Phil’s been writing songs for years too, so we’ve got loads of our own material.
What kind of music do you play?
Mostly upbeat stuff with grumpy lyrics. Sometimes it’s all grumpy, though.
Can you introduce each member of the band?
Currently we have Jim on guitar and vocals, Martyn on drums and Phil on bass and backing vocals. But Jim and Phil swap for Phil’s songs. We might get a permanent bassist so Phil can have his extra strings.
Who were your influences growing up?
We all like different stuff, but there’s a huge overlap in the middle. We all love The Beatles, Nirvana and Radiohead. Jim is into Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Nick Drake, Bjork, Dandy Warhols and The Smashing Pumpkins. Martyn likes Thee Oh Sees, Rage Against The Machine, PJ Harvey and BC Camplight. Phil is into Grandaddy, Sparklehorse, Speedy Ortiz, Super Furry Animals and secretly still wants to be Graham Coxon.
Who would you most like to perform with?
All different for each of us. Martyn would like to play Oh Well with Peter Green. Phil would like to play guitar with Graham Coxon, even for a minute. Jim exclusively reveres artists who have passed on so he’s not allowed to play.
Who is the member most likely to get you in to trouble?
That’s definitely Jim.
Who is the member most likely to get you out of trouble?
That’s definitely Martyn. Phil would just be weeping because we’re in trouble.
And top 5 things to have with you in the studio
1. Your instruments. There’ll be stuff there, but your own stuff is always best.
2. Food. You’ll regret it if you don’t bring any.
3. Tea bags. There’s lots of tea drinking involved.
4. Lockets and tissues. Two thirds of us have a cold.
5. Uhh, we’ve got nothing left.