Dublin/Kildare’s Silverbacks are an art-punk outfit consisting of brothers Kilian and Daniel O’Kelly, Peadar Kearney, Gary Wickham and Emma Hanlon. Last month saw the release of latest single, Dunkirk which was produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox and issued through their own PK Miami Records label.
Powered by a fierce bassline and a highly fuelled, fidgety guitar melody, Daniel O’Kelly’s cool, half-spoken vocals explores martial strife, the perfect sandcastle and spotting a con artist when he sees one. As the song progresses the vocals gather in intensity and momentum, matching the exploding instrumental progression as both elements collide in a highly charged union. Musically, with their post-punk feel and bass-driven melodies, they remind me of London’s Shopping, but equally their sound is distinct, unique and instantly catchy.
Speaking of Dunkirk the band explains how: “The song is about a character who is questioning the life they have been dealt. They find themself in a near dystopian future where Dunkirk, despite its history, has become a built-up holiday destination for young families.”
Check it out above and grab yourself a copy of the single from here.