Can you talk to us more about your song “Generic”?
“Generic” was a working title to a demo I did that just ended up sticking. (That happens a lot by the way.) It was the second track we recorded during our first session with producer Howie Beno. The initial mix was much different than what you hear on the record. Beno thought to strip away a good amount of guitar layers, which really brought out the cinematic components of the synths. We worked together to texturize the rest of it and then we knew we had the final mix.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Of course. It’s about that small window of time where you allow yourself to allow others an opportunity to be in your life.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
We do have plans to film, but I can’t say with absolute certainty that it’ll be “Generic.”
Why naming the record after this song in particular?
After we finished recording the album, there were several names/ideas that started circulating. I knew it had to make a statement. Once “Generic” fell into my head, I knew I couldn’t let that one go and it quickly became the only option after we had a moment to think on it.
How was the recording and writing process?
This album happened fast. We recorded everything in 31 days, across 3 sessions and over a span of 5 months. I wrote almost all of these songs in that bit of time so the record comes with a certain level of urgency, intensity and focus. I think you can really hear it in Justin’s drumming and in my voice. Beno was instrumental in capturing all of the ideas that kept coming, which really ties this whole record together.
How The Cure and Nirvana has influence your writing?
The Cure has a sound that seamlessly fluctuates between bright and dark. There’s also this theatrical element that really puts me in another space. Especially with their live show. It’s thoughtful, washed and glossy at times. Smith’s a great writer. Nirvana is one of the best examples of how effective simple songwriting can be. The rawness of it all is what I’ve come to love the most about them. It’s honest.
How does all your artistic background comes together into one?
Great question. Silver Relics operates as an art project centered around the music. We’ve been DIY from the beginning so this band really pushes me to explore all art interests. It incorporates painting, fashion, photo & film, poetry, and the live show. I work with an amazing team, and there really hasn’t been a time that we weren’t working together to explore all of these opportunities. In other words, it’s something I’ve never been without.
What role does NYC play in your music?
Many. This city has a cadence of its own and it changes when it feels like it. So as an artist, I try to be aware of what’s happening around me since there’s always something. There’s a ton of incredible shite happening if you open up to let it absorb you. It makes me want to be better. It pushes me. It helps me identify better with myself and with the people around me. I honestly couldn’t be anywhere else right now.
How do you go to blend your classic roots with the much modern influences?
Classic rock finds its way onto every track. It might not always be obvious initially but it’s in the tones, textures and voicing. The harmonies are largely inspired by bands like The Beatles, Floyd, The Who, and Duran Duran as well. The modern influences play a key role in many ways, but it’s there in more of a production aspect. It’s always going to be a blend of each for me.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
There was a lot going on during the short block of time we had while recording this album. There usually is and I prefer it that way. I knew I was headed back home to New York, which played a large role in how these tracks developed. It’s a big sound. I pushed myself to write songs that I knew we’d want to play live. I didn’t have any particular agenda thematically beyond making sure they were strong enough to hold up on my acoustic.
I needed this record to be open. Enough to take with you anywhere, and above all, I knew they had to be relatable to accomplish that. Howie came in at the right time and made sure we caught it all in the studio.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. Ireland/UK dates this summer!
Live: Drop Dead Twice : Dublin – May 27
RTE Radio 1: Dublin – airs July 1
Green Door Store: Brighton – July 1
The Islington: London – July 2
More dates TBA
What else is happening next in Silver Relics’ world?
Music video, touring, festivals. More news on the way and thanks very much again for having us!
The band will celebrate the release of Generic. with a listening party at The Scratcher in New York City on May 28 at 7PM