If The Silks were around in 1994, you wouldn’t be able to turn on a radio without having their roaring guitars and gravelly vocals blow your socks off. However, it’s 2019 and mainstream radio isn’t dominated by virtuoso guitar-rock anymore. Today, if you want to hear the Silks, you could just open up Spotify and binge through their three phenomenal records on there. If you want to see them do their thing live, though, there was no better place than at The Fallout Shelter on a particularly steamy evening in mid-July. The Silks rolled into Norwood with seemingly one goal - to play category 5 hurricane level rock and roll show. They accomplished that goal, and more.
The Silks first came to the Fallout Shelter in late 2016 as a trio, and everyone was hooked from the very first note. On their return experience, we were elated to learn that they were bringing a little extra heat. The original trio of Tyler-James Kelly on guitar, Jonas Parmelee on bass, and “Uncle” Sam Jodrey on drums, was rounded out spectacularly with the addition of Johnny Trama on guitar. Johnny and Tyler-James traded off lead and rhythm guitar all night, and it felt like the two were synchronized to an atomic clock. This is unsurprising, though, considering they were hitched to their freight train of a rhythm section. Firing on all cylinders, the band seemed like they were as rehearsed and tight with the material as possible, allowing them to be expressive and musical with their performance. The audience was instantly locked in as the band opened with their classics “Live & Learn” and “Home Again”, were treated to some new material like “Out Of My Hands” and “Greaser”, and were pleasantly surprised with some killing renditions of “Wicked Game” and “Maybe I’m Amazed”. Not a single person in the sold-out audience wanted the night to end, but as the boys concluded their set with a transcendent cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses”, we knew that was the perfect way to put a cap on the evening. A Silks performance is like a 5-star dinner in that way; you don’t ever want to stop eating, but after dessert, you feel like you could never eat again.
Everyone agrees - the Silks should be a household name. They have the songs you can’t stop humming to yourself all day, the presence and charisma of seasoned rock and roll veterans, and an unbelievable wealth of talent and determination. They proved that in front of 90 people in a single set last July, and left with 95 new fans (I imagine a couple of neighbors were dancing in their living rooms). If you get the chance, check these guys out at a show, and be on the lookout for a new album. We’re already eagerly awaiting their return to the Fallout Shelter, but, we’re gonna need a bigger dance-floor.
Tyler-James Kelly - guitar, vocals
Johnny Trama - guitar
Jonas Parmelee - bass, vocals
"Uncle" Sam Jodrey - drums, vocals
The Session Crew
Produced and edited by:
H. Nat Stevens