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It’s Friday night and I’ve worked all week. What better way to unwind and treat myself than to check out hometown legends Silvertung on the first night of their Hit The Pavement Tour. Oh wait, did I say unwind? Because I was quickly wound up, but not before supporting act VIA took to the stage with gritty vocals to down and dirty lyrics. No one would have known they had driven 26 hours straight from Minneapolis, Minnesota. VIA’s set was unexpected and unwavering. Following VIA, Vajra took the floor (literally). Fronted by Annamaria Pinna, Vajra’s eccentric performance took me on a musical magic carpet ride, taking all five senses to places unexplored.
I loved each band’s set so much that I traveled out of Baltimore to see the show again at The Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA. Tonight’s show brought on a whole different experience. Having been my first time at The Chameleon Club, the dimly lit hallways of the crypt-like basement spawns the heaviest and loudest in the smallest of spaces, where lighting doesn’t matter and space is irrelevant. Silvertung, is dark venues with liquor stained floors, girls swooning, and rock & roll.
“Rise up to the edge of your seat, I’m about to take your breath away. You’ll feel the chill from your head to your feet.” –Silvertung (Devil’s Advocate)
Silvertung, once just a local Maryland favorite, are now signed with Pavement Entertainment and hitting the road hard promoting their debut album, Out Of The Box. Out Of The Box delivers everything I love in a metal band. Long hair with tattoos, ear-gasmic guitar riffs, and drumstick splitting breakdowns, followed by lyrics that make you want to punch the person next to you. If you don’t know who Silvertung is, or haven’t Googled them after reading the first paragraph, just ask Tung Nation. Like Satan has his followers and Justin Beiber has his Beliebers, Tung Nation is a collection of fans that have supported Silvertung from the very beginning. They know every word, to every song, ever written by the band and are growing day by day. So, get in your car, make the trip to see them on tour, and you’ll see what the fuss is all about.
I’m a Marylander who can honestly say I am proud to be part of a state that birthed such talent. Long live Tung Nation and rock on Silvertung.
On Friday night, Angel’s Rock Bar in Baltimore, MD was the place to be as Silvertung kicked off their first North American tour. Silvertung fans, family and friends came out to show their love and support to this talented group of guys, as they hit the road in support of their new album Out Of The Box on the “Hit the Pavement Tour” along with opening acts VIA and Vajra. Soon the rest of the US will discover what Baltimore music fans have known for a few years, Silvertung is a damn fine rock band-especially live. A complete list of tour dates is available on AXS.
2016 has been an incredible year for Silvertung. The band was signed to Pavement Entertainment, released an amazing new album with the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream Rock Chart track “Face The Music” and won two Maryland Music Awards. Silvertung has earned their solid reputation for original high energy, fist pumping in the air, hard rock music. While attending a Silvertung concert, be prepared for some heart racing musical marksmanship, an exhilarating stage show and personable crowd interaction. Silvertung is passionate about live music and the exchange of energy from the guys in the band to the crowd is palpable and it is joyously given right back to them from their fans. Their ever-growing legion of fans have come to be known as "The Tung Nation." It’s always a good time when fans are singing music along with the band word for word. Speaking of singing, lead vocalist and guitar player Speed needs to be mentioned. There is a quality and tone to his voice which is a strong part of what has elevated this band and rise to the next level. (Recently AXS got to chat with Speed, that interview can be found here.)
Opening acts VIA and Vajra were impressive as well and worth showing up early for to check out. First on was VIA from Minneapolis, MN and they were a good rockin start. They are a little green but the talent is definitely there. A little more experience and original material is all they need to bust through o their own. Vajra is really something special and have managed come up with a completely new sound of metal. They bring mystical, moody and haunting melodies to the stage that are completely entrancing. Lead singer Annamaria Pinna’s voice and presence was captivating.
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There are some bands whose rise to the top is short lived because of the problem of more style than substance. Today’s society seems to love their “flavors of the week” when it comes to music, but a career in music is a marathon and not a sprint. Bands and artists have to develop over time and they also have to pay their dues. Smoke and mirror effects are ok and they may get you to the top of the mountain, but it will be a short lived trip before you plummet back to the bottom. Then, you get a band like Silvertung who has been battling it out in the musical trenches for almost a decade and earning any and all accolades that get thrown their way.
2016 has been one hell of a year for the guys in Silvertung. The band signed with Pavement Entertainment, released a kick-ass album entitled Out of the Box, won two Maryland Music Awards and returned to the Billboard Top 40 Mainstream Rock Chart with their song “Face The Music.” Now, they’re about to hit the road on the Hit the Pavement Tour with VIA and Vajra. KISS has the KISS Army and Silvertung has the Tung Nation, which has grown tremendously over the last couple of years because fans love and appreciate what these guys are doing. We sat down recently with Silvetung’s ringleader Speed to talk about this upcoming tour as well as some of the other awesome events of this year.
A lot has happened since we last talked, so let’s jump right into this! Congrats on the Hit the Pavement Tour with VIA and Vajra which kicks off on 11/4 in Baltimore, Maryland. It looks like you’re packing as much as you can into those dates.
Speed/Silvertung: We’re trying to work it so that it’s non-stop playing; if we’re going to go out then let’s go out and do it. This is what we’ve been gearing up for over the last eight years. We started doing originals and covers back then and we were doing three hour sets. I remember Skoot and Danno would ask me why we were doing these long sets. It was so that when we did go out on tour and had a 45 minute set, it would be a piece of cake. Now, we’re gearing up for the tour and making changes to the set list. We want to take our strongest 45 minutes of material and go out there with it. We’ll have to play certain songs like “Never Too Late” which is always a good crowd pleaser. “Devil’s Advocate” is also high on the list in addition to songs on the new record like “Taunted” and “Ain’t That a Bitch” which have become big crowd pleasures as well. We have some old favorites that we like to play like “Coming Alive,” “Justify” and “Déjà Vu.”
Even though you guys have been doing this for quite a while, it sounds like this tour might just be a learning experience.
Every tour is tough, but this is the first time we are going out with two other bands that a lot of people may not know. This is going to be one of those tours where we learn a lot more than what we think we know already. We’re seasoned to a degree, but to a point where most of the shows that we did were successful. You might hit a few sporadic shows over the last eight years where they may be 20 people in the bar. You can look at it as not successful or you can look at your outcome after you’re done. If you kept those 20 people in the bar, then I would say it was successful.
It looks like you guys are venturing into some new markets on this tour that you haven’t played before.
There are new markets on this tour that we have not played before and that’s really exciting. The first four shows are in our area and I think that’s great. We’ll headline those shows and then when we get out into these other markets in the Midwest where VIA is bigger, then they will close and the same goes for Vajra. We just want to go out there and lay some more groundwork and that’s what I think is really great about this tour for us.
I’m sure that winning two Maryland Music Awards certainly helped garner the band some much deserved attention.
The media kind of came out of nowhere on that one and it’s still going on. It’s great and it’s a reward recognizing all of the hard work that the band has done and that’s how we look at it. A couple of shows after that, we all were on the bus looking at each other and asked what we do we do from this point? I remember saying ‘you work harder’ which was exactly what everyone else was thinking. Accolades are great, but for us it says ‘ok, but now you have to get even better.’
What was that night like for you guys?
I have to say that it was one of the most awesome nights for us as a band. We were excited to help The Nicole Van Horn Trust Fund and to have been asked to play there. We’ve looked up to a lot of these guys in our music scene as we’ve been growing up and now they’re recognizing who we are. It was cool to get nominated for two awards, but there were a lot of great bands on those lists. We didn’t expect to win anything. Our thought was, ‘Let’s just go out and support everybody.’ We got there and did our soundcheck and then hung out backstage talking to the artists who were there from all different genres. We were watching how the crews would change everybody out and we were getting excited watching the bands play live. The first award came up for Best Heavy Metal Artist of 2016 and we were taking bets backstage on who was going to win. Suddenly, they called our name as the winner and we were like ‘what?’
You guys probably thought someone pulled a Steve Harvey on you and called out the wrong name!
That would have been so wrong! We’ve never been given an award like this, so we didn’t write any kind of speech because we didn’t think we were going to win. We just said what came to mind, which was to thank our fans. Then, they made this big to do to call out the Breakout Artist of 2016 and we were making bets again on who was going to win. When they said Silvertung, we were all a bit speechless; this was a big thing to us. The people who we looked up to in the scene were now noticing who we were and what we were doing.
Are you guys noticing attention from different areas in the U.S. that maybe you weren’t getting before?
Yes and I think it has more to do with the new album; this new album really shows who Silvertung is. There was nothing wrong with the albums before, but it just wasn’t exactly where we were trying to go. We took our time with this one and with the new tools that we had. Also, working with Steven Wright was a huge plus for us. I think there’s a big difference in album growth and what we’ve gone out and learned over the last few years is that it’s ok to go out and put your heart on your sleeve. We were a little protective before, but this album really tells you who Silvertung really is. It’s kind of tough when you’re looking over a wall and you don’t really see the whole thing. We’re starting to knock that wall down and that’s where we’re at. We’re taking it down brick by brick and realizing in the past that we were stupid, but now we’re getting there.
You’ve had two videos from the album so far, but is there any talk of possible going for a third given the strong response to some of these songs?
Yes and we’re trying to get ahead of the game whether people want it or don’t want it. It may just be something that we put on our YouTube page just for the fans.
On this tour, will you guys be making radio appearances as well?
Yes, we’re going to do as much radio as we can and we’ll probably be doing some acoustic songs on those stops. We’re trying to figure out which songs will sound the best acoustically. I don’t know how something like “Devil’s Advocate” would sound acoustically or do we just stick with something like “Never Too Late?” We’re still figuring all of that stuff out and rehearsing for it.
I know I have seen first-hand the growth in the Tung Nation over the last several years and I can only imagine how that makes you guys feel when you see it as well.
The Tung nation has grown so much over the last few years and the thing that I love about it most is that it’s everybody from eight to sixty eight! It blows my mind because there’s country or hip hop fans that turn out to see us and they end up loving us. They’re at our merch table spending their money to get shirts and CDs and to thank us even though they don’t usually listen to our style of music.
Dude, I think that fans of any genre get tired of hearing and seeing bullshit being thrown their way and it’s very refreshing to see and hear you guys doing what you do. It’s very real and it’s full of passion and people like and appreciate that, regardless of whatever genre they typically listen to.
I appreciate that and that’s the kind of thing that we’re not always told. Hearing that kind of stuff helps us out; we actually critique ourselves after every single show to see what went right or didn’t go right.
I know you have to get back to rehearsals, so I guess I will start to wrap his one up. As always, it’s been a pleasure catching up with you. Best of luck on this tour and hopefully you guys will be posting lots of on the road updates on your social media!
Thank you for your continued support of Silvertung; you’re family to us and we really appreciate all that you do. The tour kicks off on November 4 and we hope to see a bunch of you out there. Make sure to come over to our merch table and say hi to us because that’s a huge part of this tour, meeting our fans and making that connection.
Known for high-octane music with tons of attitude, Silvertung has been taking the rock world by storm. Lead singer and guitarist Speed, lead guitarist Codey (Code Red), bassist Skoot and drummer Danno have created a tremendous local buzz throughout their home state of Maryland. Their album Out Of The Box has been tearing up the charts with hard-hitting melodic metal. Their most recent single, “Devil’s Advocate” made Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Radio Most Added list the first week it was released. Previous releases from their album, “Never Too Late” and “Face The Music” each hit the Top 40 on Billboard’s BDS Rock Radio chart. Silvertung will take to the road for their first North American tour in November. The tour kicks off at Angel’s Rock Bar in Baltimore on Nov. 4, 2016. Recently, singer Speed spoke with AXS about the tour, giving the TungNation the opportunity to get to know the guys a bit better.
AXS: Big things going on for Silvertung, getting ready for the tour?
Speed: Well, it starts on Nov 4, and we are so excited. It took a lot to get that done. We had to move dates around and all. We wanted to start off in Baltimore. This is our first North American tour. We’ve gone South before, but this is the first North American tour. We decided to start it off here in Baltimore and have a nice big hometown kick-off party.
AXS: Let’s talk about the Ft. Howard Haunted Dungeon event.
S: It is this Fri, Oct 22. We are not playing. We were talking with Rock Rage Radio, all their stations are spinning our single “Devil’s Advocate.” They do all kinds of promotions with us. They are really a great bunch of people. They are mainly an internet radio station, but they are all over the United States, Japan and in other countries now. The Ft. Howard promotion we are doing with them is we pick a fan and they and a friend get to spend the night with us at the haunted attraction.
AXS: So you will be going through a haunted house with a fan and their friend?
S: Exactly! It took us a while to come up with a clever question, but we do have a winner and will be announcing that maybe tonight. It is actually going to be done live on Facebook. I’m sure it is going to be great!
AXS: It sounds fun! Can’t wait to see the Facebook live-feed, it should be great! You are going to play at the Kix or Treat Halloween 80s Halloween Bash, will you guys be in costumes on stage?
S: Ha! Well, I think we already wear costumes on stage. The dress up is more for the fans at that show, it has an 80s theme. None of us were lucky enough to enjoy the 80s, we all grew up in the 90s. We’ve played with Kix many times though. It was funny. We got a call from the promoter asking if we had ever played with Kix before and we said yeah a few times. They said, “How did it work? You guys are kinda heavy. Kix is 80s and you guys are today.” We said trust us, it works. Fans get the new breed coming up in Baltimore, you know, us, and they get the legendary. They have been around for years. I hope we get to where Kix is right now. It would be phenomenal to get to play that long. I watch videos of those guys from the 80s and they are good, but it seems like they might even be better now than they were then.
S: No, actually there are favorites, which is great for us. “Never Too Late” and “Face The Music” are really popular. They both hit the Billboard Top 40 chart. We decided to try something different with “Devil’s Advocate.” The hardest time to blow up a single is in the summertime. We have big ball and said why not try it. So we did. It was on the top five singles for Billboard radio. We were listed alongside Disturbed and Sixx:AM-and we are huge fans of both of them. To see our name next to theirs on Billboard Radio was just like “Wow!”
AXS: We opened up tonight’s questions to some fans on your Facebook fanpage. They want to know what do you do in your spare time and if you listen to a lot of music in your spare time.
S: Yes, I listen to a ton of music. I like to educate myself. I like to know where it all came from and I like to get some of that feel for when we write. I listen to up and coming stuff as well as older stuff.
AXS: Inspiration can come from anywhere.
S: Exactly! And it does. I really does for this band. We all bring different stuff. Scoot, our bass player, is really into Motown. He loves the old stuff. He, like myself, is also a huge fan of Alice in Chains and Godsmack, all the newer stuff. Well, actually that isn’t that new anymore, ha, ha, ha! We’re the new breed now. I listen to anything that is up and coming and I listen to friends. I’m into Pop Evil, we’re friends with those guys and I listen to their stuff a lot. We get influeces from every angle of music. I do listen to tons of music. Old country, new country, hip hop. I am into everything. EDM. I listen to everything because I don’t want to cheat myself or our fans out of something creative.
AXS: Listening to all kinds of music must help from getting tunnel vision and stuck in one sound.
S: Exactly, exactly. That’s why this album has been so great for us, because we didn’t hold back. We tried new things. We tried whatever we wanted to. If it didn’t work, it didn’t work and we changed it. So we had a lot of different tools on this album. The next album could be a little more crazy. We’ve already started writing for that. We don’t want to slow down. We’re in a hot moment. Figured we just keep pushing and pushing. Strike while the irons hot. There are a couple of tunes we are working on right now and I can’t wait to start recording these things. First we have to do this tour. You know, make some new fans and introduce them to the old fans. We have such a great fan base right now. We have the best fans in the world. We really seemed to have found a special connection with them.
AXS: It has got to be an awesome to get positive reinforcement like that and know people really love what you do.
S: When you are writing, you don’t really know if people will like it. You are writing for yourself, but in the back of your mind you are also writing for the fans. First and foremost you have to write for yourself to get it out correct. Once an album comes out you have no idea what to expect. The great response to the album made us feel that it is going to be ok for us to go out on tour.
I know we sort of got off the subject of what we do in our spare time. Myself-I do a lot of different things. I am very, very health conscious. I try to take care of myself. I’m into bike riding. We’re so busy, working out this year has been a little crazy. Not much free time. We also just purchased a tour bus and we don’t have the money to send it out to someone and say customize this for us. So we got our hands dirty. We went in there, tore the seats out, put in new floor, made it ready because we knew this tour was coming. It came out very, very well. We have a few more things to take on. Hopefully sometime soon we can get it wrapped or painted. We’re not looking for handouts, but if someone could help us out a bit on that we’d appreciate it.
Normally we all do different things. Scoot is a hunter. He likes to take some time and go hunting or just shooting. He has targets and a bow. Codey is an Indian native, so he likes to dig into his history and do those kinds of things. And me, I’m into ghost hunting and all that. I love to do those kind of things. We are all into space. We have a lot of conversations about outer space and stuff like that. We’re kind of a good motley crew. I get into what Scoot’s doing, not that they all get into stuff with me. Cody likes all that ghost stuff and Danno is into it. Scoot’s kinda like, “Whatever, there’s no ghost.” We like to do crazy things. When we get bigger we’d like to take times where we go out on excursions to do crazy stuff and take two or three fans out with us. Just to do fun stuff with us and not always just come to shows. To do stupid stuff because we like to do stupid stuff sometimes.
AXS: Another fan question was what are your favorite songs to play live? Original and cover.
S: Oh wow. I have many original ones that I love to play live. Right now it is a song off the new album called “Taunted.” I like “Ain’t That A Bitch,” it is so up-tempo and kind of in your face. Same with “Devil’s Advocate,” though it is a little different than what the other songs are. “Déjà vu” is always going to be a favorite of mine to play live. I think everybody in the band feels the same way about that song. Cover tunes are weird. I’ve never really been a big cover tunes person. What we like to do is we like to play songs of bands we’ve shared a stage and played with. So it is kind of out of respect if we play a cover tune. Collectively, as a band, I’d have to say one of our favorites is probably “Walk” by Pantera. Not that we ever shared the stage with them, that one we do out of respect for Dimebag. There are also songs like “Dragula” by Rob Zombie-cover tunes strange. Godsmack is always good or Disturbed. We like to play “Down With The Sickness” and “Stupify.” Those songs are fun to do. We were out with Godsmack and Disturbed when they toured together. That was a great tour for us to go on. At that time, In This Moment were the big act on the stage and being with them was very cool. That was a great experience for us.
AXS: Let’s go back in time a few years. If you could speak to yourself a few years ago what advice would you tell yourself? Is there anything you’d do differently?
S: Yes. There are a few things I’d do differently. First I would tell myself to stop being so scared. Just put it out there. I’ve always been nervous about putting my heart on my sleeve and putting it out there for everybody in the songs and lyrics. I was like man, I can’t tell people that this is what I did or this was an experience that I had. That was dumb. Now I realize we are all human and everyone makes mistakes. Everyone does things we shouldn’t do. But today is today and tomorrow is tomorrow. Never be afraid because everyone else is going through it too. The good and bad. That is where a lot of our writing has come from. Our experiences, other people’s experiences. We write about other people too. One thing I would have definitely told myself is to not be afraid and to take chances. We’ve all been afraid to do things, there were things we were concerned about. Is this going to hurt the band, are we going to survive through this? Should we put out a song about not committing suicide? You know, one of us was there. Did we really want to put that out there? But everyone has a strong side and a weak side. I think everyone kid of goes through those things in life. Suicide included. Battles with alcohol. We’ve gone through that as well.
AXS: You said you were working on new material?
S: Absolutely. New songs are in the works as well as a new video. Our game plan is, if we can afford it, to put out a video for every single song. Whether they are high–grade videos like the one Spencer did or if they are more low-grade ones we do ourselves. Because, you know, we can. It just goes back to not being scared to put it out there. It might not be top quality video, but it will be a damn good video. We’re not going to put out anything that is trash. We’re are thinking at the moment why not put it out there and have fun with it?
For more information on Silvertung, their music and upcoming tour dates visit the Silvertung website.