The Silent Comedy – Common Faults The Silent Comedy – Common Faults

The Silent Comedy - Common Faults

The Silent Comedy - Common Faults

Roaring Twenties Bluegrass Gypsy Gospel Folk Rockabilly…?  Rather than bending over to receive their mark of genre classification, The Silent Comedy prefer to pick up the branding iron and run around the hoedown waving it in everyone’s face before using it to light the barn on fire, dancing around the flames with a bottle of whiskey and tearfully reminiscing about old times that never were until the sun comes up and the cows come home…to find their barn burned down.

(*Please note that the run-on sentence above is only an allegorical analysis of The Silent Comedy‘s music and does not represent any sentiments or actions of the band members or producers).

If forced to determine a genre more specific than Bluegrass-infused, Gospel-inspired, Gypsy Folk-Rockabilly one would have to take the band’s suggestion of ‘cabaret rock’.  Technically a cabaret is defined as either a restaurant that serves liquor or as a theatrically musical variety show played in an intimate setting at such a liquor-serving establishment.  A reluctant acceptance of this genre classification might only be vaguely acceptable because listening to The Silent Comedy‘s latest album, Common Faults, evokes the feeling of sitting in a smokey prohibition-era speakeasy.  Enthralled by the performance in front of you, enhanced by the ambience around you (and the moonshine in your glass), in the last few moments before the cops bust in to dump the liquor and arrest every patron in sight you know your window of escape is closing fast, but you stay to soak up the music.  Sometimes belligerent and relentless, sometimes heartfelt and nostalgic – the music is an embodiment of your forgotten spirit.  Let the cops come, cause you don’t want to miss a moment of this.

Sprung from the fertile soil of San Diego, band founders Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman were sons of a preacher and were engrained with a knowledge of religion, an accord with the public eye and a distinct penchant for all things creative, especially the art of storytelling.  The Silent Comedy finds itself compared to The Dresden Dolls, which is valid in the commonality of utilizing piano and harmonica to create a sound that is decidedly dramatic and passionately theatrical.  The Silent Comedy, however, differs from The Dresden Dolls in that it finds itself much more focused and fluent rather than quirky and jarring, and they fall slightly on the musical side of the spectrum rather than the theatrical side.  Personally I would liken my perception of this album closer to my perception of Flogging Molly‘s Swagger (one of my favorite albums of all time) in its raw authenticity and refreshingly vibrant blend of sounds…did I mention they put on kick-ass show?  All in all, The Silent Comedy has delivered a powerfully unique and soulful experience with their album Common Faults and they deliver a new one with every live performance – one can only eagerly anticipate more great things from these inspired musicians.

The Point: The Silent Comedy‘s Common Faults is a needle in the haystack next to a burned down barn.  Now that you’ve found it, pick up the half empty bottle of whiskey and start yourself a hoedown.

Track Listing:

1. Foreward
2. ’49
3. Poison
4. The Well
5. Bartholomew
6. Tightrope
7. Moonshine
8. Gasoline
9. Exploitation
10. All Saints Day
11. Footnotes

The Silent Comedy - Common Faults, reviewed by Wedsie on 2010-10-13T13:51:47-07:00 rating 4.1 out of 5

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