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Released: 17.07.20







Hot on the heels of Fontaines D.C. taking over the world, the new sound of Dublin has arrived, however Silverbacks are no imitators; O’Kelly’s delivery that little bit less overtly Irish, their musical touchstones more diverse and, in parts, more contemporary. Silverbacks are their own band.

Album opener and lead single Dunkirk is undoubtedly the best of the bunch with its Strokes-esque fuzzed up bass and irresistible, meandering top line. There’s healthy dollops of Pavement on Fad ’95; smatterings of early Foals’ double-tracked jaunty guitars on Pink Tides and Muted Gold; and lashings of Jonathan Richmond and The Cribs’ vocals throughout. Fad is a big old melange of influences bursting at the seams with energy and swagger. Everything a debut album should be.




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