INTERVIEW: Silverback Colony

Hi Gabriel, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We have been doing good – all things considered. There is still a pandemic raging and live music isn’t in the cards for most of the horizon lines we look at. We have our health and our tunes and the tunes made by people we love, so we’re doing good.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Want More”?

“I Want More” is a modern day epic that encapsulates the sonic landscape of a multitude of galaxies and emotions. 

It started as a simple voice memo and through a couple weeks of quarantine morphed into the feral and prowling beast that it is today. It was made by Gabriel Douglas & Kai Brewster between Silverback Sounds and Please Clap Studios. Gabriel brought the skeletal song and meandering length to Kai. Kai did all the heavy-lifting instrumentation-wise and the beauty you hear is from their creations.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

There are many points in life where you size up what you have, how content you are, and what else you want to strive for. This direction helped form the lyrical side of the composition. The subtle interpersonal communications that people have can lead to a lot of longing and sometimes that longing is conjured up in an outburst similar to this song, I. Want. More.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes. It will be worth a gummy and a nice gander.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was a feverish session a handful of seasons ago. The recording process was an almost fly by night campaign due to the pandemic. There was mixing notes and dropbox folders galore. All the while, the song kept morphing and shifting as the true melodies revealed themselves, sometimes by the light of the day and other times by the solace found under an empty sky at night.

Would you call this a complete departure from your previous musical work or rather a continuation?

Any work that we do is always a continuation and a building forward from where we have been before.

How has the pandemic influenced your writing?

We write from experience, so there is less traveling in the songs. Sometimes there is more longing for a lot of things that are unavailable, unsavory, or unsafe at this time. It has allowed us to connect with people (and with writing) more easy as we all navigate this shared space of contained isolation, distance, yet hopefully connected via 0s and 1s on this internet.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! There will be lots coming from Silverback Colony as we continue to expand our demo reels and polish off the great ones from a distance.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

“I Want More” will get to live it’s full and complete life as it’s own work. We are currently working on a full-length entitled “16 Treacherous, Platinum Outlaw(ed) Songs” and have to EPs “Look North Before You Leave” and “Definitely Listening This Time” on the way.

What else is happening next in Silverback Colony’s world?

Staying safe, staying vigilant. And having gratitude for all the songs we get to enjoy via technology. And all the melodies that get to become songs because of that technology too. Silverback Colony has always been run as a collective, so it’s been great to bring in new members for songs and also call in the old calvary for a lot of the newer tunes and new (to recording) tunes. YeeHaw! 


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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