Silvergun & Spleen’s Semi Truck album cover
Somewhere beneath all that political garb in the capitol, there’s a punk rock foursome making people sweat.
Silvergun & Spleen, how did I find you? I don’t know. I might have been followed on Twitter, or it might have been a related link to The Box Tiger. Whatever way it was, I found myself on the verge of shifting a tectonic plate to catch a live set. It took me about six or seven months to do so, and it was well worth it.
Let me lay these figures down before I move on:
Yeah, they’re sisters.
And yeah, they rock as hard as they are jaw-dropping attractive.
Get it? Got it? Cool.
These dance punk rockers have been blowing up dance floors since 2006, and in my opinion, they are moments away from blowing up to the big leagues. Their most recent release, Semi Truck (Rage Records), is a must have for anybody who calls themselves fans of rock.
The first indicator of awesomeness I noticed when I saw these guys playing a set with Bernadette Connors (before The Collective) was how friendly Marie (or Merv, for kicks) was when I explained I had been dying to see them. Keep in mind I was intoxicated so I could have totally been that dude every body is kind to simply because they feel sorry for him… I think I handled myself pretty okay. I promptly introduced myself to the rest of the band, fully understanding the Musician’s Law of Names: If I have not done something exponentially memorable (like drop my pants) in 25 minutes they will have forgotten who I am. I chose the safe route and let it play out. What also caught my eye was the phrase ‘Drum Machines Have No Soul’ spanked right on the front of the kick drum. I have never witnessed a lackluster drummer with that on their kit. I instantly knew I was going to have a good time.
A sign that your band is talented: you play everything live exactly the same as it is on the record and manage to make it sound 30 times better.
I was floored. With everything sounding so big and natural, it was easy to get lost in the raw simplicity that comes with punk rock. Veronique (yup she has one too, Vern) is a refreshing entry to the pool of female rock vocalists. The recordings simply cannot fully capture and replicate the true power and range of her vocal chords. John demonstrates how to easily destroy a TR-808 with brute stick force and still sound tight for only 4 small payments of $29.95! Chris plucks that bass with an attitude that says, “I happen to know what the f#&k I am doing, kneel before Zod.” Merv handles that SG like a true guitar hero, while still keeping her hair intact. Ladies, start taking notes.
Currently, the band is on a 50 date tour across our lovely Canada, and I wish them all the best tearing up the pubs and clubs our country has to offer.
Also, if you’re wondering how the Mallet sisters manage to get their hair like that, stop now. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. You do not want to know that story.
Favourite track: Kiss & Tell