The greatness of indie rock music surrounds you with this latest offering from London’s own The Silver Bayonets. The sound is immediately big, a heavy wall of music, a brilliant fusion of the melodic and the distorted, with a slightly grunge-esque edge to the whole presentation.
The songwriting is noticeably unique, not simply in the lyrics, but in the way the whole thing has been crafted by the band so as to relevantly reflect the feeling at each point in the song. The importance of structure has been realised and utilsed effectively, so when things get emotional, the music gets loud, and when things simmer down a little, the music falls away appropriately. This creative touch adds so much value to the music, and really makes the song stand out as an individual project indicative of the bands’ own personality and style. It also really allows you to hear those lyrics in full, and to get yourself familiar with the leading vocal – it’s one that is fresh and fairly quickly recognizable as that of The Silver Bayonets. It’s a good combination of factors that lead to the sound being purely theirs.
The lyrics are a huge part of what makes this song so striking, though the structure and the performances throughout are the light that guides you to notice them. It’s important that everything works well as a unit and each element compliments those around it, which is absolutely the case with Low. The middle 8 section in particular is massively powerful, there’s no distinct change in melody or chords, but the way the music falls away to really let those words sink in as you listen makes for a hugely captivating moment.
There’s undoubtedly something of worth being said, something not often expressed in modern music, and it’s being said in an incredibly interesting and attention grabbing way. At times the lyrical substance seems a little more connected to the heavier or metal side of rock music – it’s actually really refreshing to hear a very raw, indie rock and roll sound soaked in so much feeling and honesty. It’s an anthem by all accounts, with a memorable and addictive hook, but also with some very honest and deeply reflective connotations. It’s an important song, expressing an important issue. Well worth a listen.
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