Jean Dujardin and The Artist danced their way to an Oscar a few months ago, but it could be a different "silent film" that could actually have more staying power. The Oxford-based band known as A Silent Film (hence the cornball intro) are on the verge of releasing Sand & Snow, the follow-up to their well-received debut effort A City That Sleeps. The first song off the album, which drops on June 5, is already getting significant airplay. At the Sneak Attack Media offices in Lower Manhattan last week, the quartet of Robert Stevenson, Spencer Walker, Karl Bareham and Ali Hussain performed a stripped-down version of "Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well." Stevenson also performed their mega hit "You Will Leave a Mark" off A City That Sleeps solo. It was all so very awesome, and didn't need a Jack Russell terrier to add to the entertainment factor.
Following each performance, A Silent Film took part in an extremely informal chat that covered their upcoming tour, and the band's growth between their first and second albums. Watch. Listen. Leave a Mark.
Danny, Dakota & The Wishing Well
"You Will Leave a Mark" and interview
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman
Jon Chattman's music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.