Note from The Silvers: The “Back To Basics” album is an attempt to get a “live” feel without a lot of overdubs and added instruments. This reviewer gets it! Written and sung by Dain, “Gravity” opens the album.
Overall Impression of GRAVITY By The SILVERS:
It’s always great to hear about bands such as The Silvers, who unfortunately disbanded in the late ’70s under the previous name Silver Laughter, reform and continue on their musical journey. Having read about their inspiring tale that saw their passion for music be re-ignited after a successful reunion at their induction into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame , the band found themselves fired up and ready to make new music, “Gravity” is one of a brand new selection of songs the band has been assembling, and what a track it is! “Gravity” blends 70’s era classic rock with a more contemporary American alt. rock style, resulting in a great fusion of genres that serves as a fitting way to modernize the sound of The Silvers without losing the quintessential ingredients that helped define their musical identity. With its solid performances, strong songwriting, and great sense of character, “Gravity” is certainly worth your time and I look forward to hearing more from The Silvers in the very near future!
The call and response idea between the lead vocals and backing vocals is excellent and definitely strengthens the already strong lyrics substantially, adding a great sense of dynamism to them that heightens their effectiveness tenfold. Speaking of the vocals, they are very well executed and fit this style of the track brilliantly. As already mentioned the way in which the song fuses both a classic rock aesthetic with a more modern alt. rock vibe is inspired and shows that the band isn’t afraid to evolve their sound. The overall production is solid and I particularly like the understated feel to it. In a time when tracks can very easily feel overproduced to the point that much of a song’s character is significantly lessened, “Gravity” very much feels like a live performance and is all the better for it.
Target Audience Appeal:
This is certainly a tune for fans of alternative and pop-infused rock.
Artist target suggestions:
R.E.M, The Rolling Stone, Pavement, The Lemonheads, The Replacements, Violent Femmes, Archers Of Loaf, Sugar, The Modern Lovers, Weezer, The 88, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
About The Reviewer:
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed “Guitar Nerd” Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording.