There is an 80’s revival happening in music these days. No, this isn’t necessarily news unto self. After all, bands like Metric have been enjoying massive success with a sound as rooted in the modern day as it is in the past.
Ottawa-based band Silvergun & Spleen are set to release their full-length debut Semi Truck next Tuesday (September 11). Owing as much to the 80’s as any of their contemporaries twice their age, the band’s blend of electro-pop is pretty damn infectious.
Silvergun & Spleen are comprised of siblings Marie-Eve Mallet and Veronique Mallet along with John Lenherr and bassist Chris Page-Manson.
Last week, S&S vocalist-guitarist Marie-Eve took the time to chat with The Musicnerd Chronicles last about the group’s new record and why the 80’s weren’t so bad in hindsight.
How do you feel the band has grown since the release of your 2011 EP Through My Skeleton?
Mallet: I think some of the most noticeable differences that we see is around the fact that we were more willing to experiment and try new things. We didn’t have a whole lot of keyboards on the EP and have toned down some of the more aggressive aspects of the band. I feel we are a lot more concise and straight to the point with the songs on Semi Truck.
Your sound owes as much to the 80’s as it does more current bands like Metric who also boast a kind of new wave influence to their music. What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Mallet: We’ve been collectively influenced by so many different artists. It was our father that turned Vern and I onto music. We got exposed to everything from The Tragically Hip and Pink Floyd to Francophone bands like Offenbach.
It’s my perception that music these days is less about sticking to one defined sound over the course of a record. Bands are blurring the lines between genres often within the confines of one album. I’m assuming that this is something that Silvergun & Spleen are comfortable doing as well?
Mallet: I feel that each of in the band are definitely comfortable with this, especially because we each bring distinct influences to the table. We aren’t the type of people that can just stick to one thing and be content with that. None of us are people that like to colour within the lines. But I think that is a big reason why the band sounds like the melting pot that it does.
I find it interesting that not too long ago, it seemed as though the 80’s were the laughing stock of history. But now, it seems like more people are reaching back to that decade and finding some of the best aspects of it and incorporating into music they are making in the present day.
Mallet: I’m guilty of that too though; I used to be totally against anything from the 80’s. I have no idea why the tide has changed but many people, including our band, are open to embracing aspects of that decade now. I feel that the more people experiment with their instruments and their songwriting and if you’re open minded about trying new things, you’re bound to move forward.