Silvery, ‘Thunderer and Excelsior’
Another late review: London’s Silvery’s first album, out last summer, is a rum ‘un. It’s brimming with charm. Lots of organ (probably steam-driven), perky knees-up rhythms, catchy catchy pop in the tradition of all those English eccentrics, performing bears and village greens. Uniforms are worn and a reading list is provided (Fort, the Angel of Mons, London’s lost rivers and tube stations). The last song ends with a story about the wreck of a tiny battleship crewed by mice, found dead in their sailor’s uniforms, and a great punchline. It’s like iLiKETRAiNS at half-term.
However… I’m all for madcap whimsy but this would make Timothy Claypole look retiring. Musically, it staggers up to you, winking manically, raising its eyebrows and giggling. Like a sugar rush, the fourteen tracks make you want to leap about but leave you feeling a bit hollow. Still, I bet they’re great live and will look out for them. I suspect I will play this to death for a while too. And I am looking forward to their xmas song, a cover of ‘You Give A Little Love’, the final song from everyone’s favourite children’s gangster movie, Bugsy Malone. You can hear it – highly recommended, actually, and a bit understated compared to this album – at their MySpace, and it’s out to buy a week today. As their label, Blow Up, puts it, ‘It’s time to party like it’s 1929!!!’
For now: here’s single ‘Action Force’ and the one about the mice.
‘Action Force‘ – Silvery – Thunderer and Excelsior.
‘Animals Are Vanishing (Or, Martian Invasion 1853)‘ – Silvery – Thunderer and Excelsior.
Buy through their MySpace page or usual channels.