New Band of the Week: Kill The Silence

Leeds rockers Kill The Silence are in for an exciting end to 2017, supporting a major rock act in their hometown and heading out on a tour of their own in a bid to get their exciting post-hardcore sound heard more widely.

The roots of the band began way back in 2012 when Jason Walsh (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Sam Rickerby (lead guitar) met at music college in Leeds. Since then they’ve had members come and go, and are currently auditioning for a bassist, but since the arrival of Joe Del-Grande on drums last year they seem to be going from strength to strength – as evidenced by securing a support slot alongside Red Jumpsuit Apparatus later this year.

 

The band merge heavy post-hardcore with melodic contrasts which, in Jason’s words, makes them: “Sort of like a mix of Bring Me The Horizon, Alexisonfire & early era Lower Than Atlantis. We define ourselves closer to post-hardcore than anything, but it’s really up to interpretation from the listener!”

This sound comes across in latest single Leather, which they describe as “a hit against the political establishment, standing up for the plight against the young.” The track opens up with a big choppy riff and driving drums then descends into Jason’s wild screams that feed into the insatiably catchy chorus: “We are the voices of the hopeless and the young, And we’re waiting for a song to be sung, As you sit on your leather throne, Taking all that we own,” which is repeated twice, first with drawn out vocals then screamed. The second repeat is followed by a funky bass solo, which leads into a repeat of the opening riff and a final rendition of the chorus. Check it out in the video below:

Looking further back Get Out! Get Out!, the opening track from their 2015 self-titled debut EP is an absolute banger. Opening with big vocals and lingering drawn-out guitars, it soon kicks into an awesome guitar riff that continues through a barrage of massive screamed vocals. You can also check it out in video below:

In terms of what we can expect from their music, Jason explains it’s all about taking positives from bad situations. He told us: “We write sad songs, life isn’t always easy, but writing about it helps. We hope that our message comes across and helps anyone who can relate.

“When we started, I personally took a great influence from Lower Than Atlantis and specifically Mike Duce’s Lyrics. There’s a message to be taken from their music, that life isnt easy but you should never give up: Work hard and you can achieve anything you want to! Being in a band, playing music is all we know, we couldn’t imagine a life without it.”

The band has plenty coming up before the end of the year, with a tour alongside Go Primitive kicking off at Santiago Bar in Leeds on 28 October then taking in Sheffield, Nottingham, Norwich, Leicester, Manchester and Hull. They’ll then be supporting Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at The Key Club in Leeds on 16 December. More info on all their gigs is here.

As Jason says, the band are really excited for it: “We’re heading out on our first tour with the guys in Go Primitive late October, we’re pretty exited to get on the road and visit quite a few places we havent seen before, along with a few other cities we adore. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus gig in December is looking to be a sell out show, a great way to top off the year!”

You can follow Kill The Silence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, download their music from their website and listen to it on Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube.

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