Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Aug 30th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Searching for Sound

event silent comedySan Diego folk/rock outfit, The Silent Comedy, gets loud

When discussing the differences between The Silent Comedy’s live and studio sound, Josh Zimmerman could very well be talking about two separate bands.

“We’ve always come across much more rock ’n’ roll when we play in front of people,” the bassist and vocalist says. “And then when we go into the studio, it’s always come out on the other side sounding very flat [by comparison]. So we’ve been wanting to capture that rock energy, the bigness of the sound from the live show, and just haven’t been able to yet.”

But they are getting closer. The band’s latest release, the Friends Divide EP, harnesses more of that raucous, raw live sound they have been trying to replicate in the studio. The gritty, Americana/rock track “Light of Day” is filled with impassioned cries from Zimmerman, and “Always Two” sounds like it was recorded in a spooky alleyway. Zimmerman attributes this to the efforts of producer Frenchie Smith.

“We were doing a lot of one-off sessions with different producers who have a buzz in the industry, but each time we would do one of those sessions, we really weren’t happy with how the songs came out,” Zimmerman says. “In the middle of all that, we ended up doing a session with Frenchie Smith, and the kind of electricity we had in the room, the ideas he had, really pushed us to expand the sonic palette of the band. So the one song we did with him ended up turning into the EP because we were so excited about the sound we were getting.”

The collaboration has led to many pleasant surprises, including The Silent Comedy’s first single, “God Neon”—a stomper of a rock track filled with hip-shaking swagger. While nowhere on the EP is the band’s energetic live sound more apparent, the band did not expect “God Neon” to become a single.

“We thought stuff on the folkier side, like ‘Simple Thing,’ would get people’s attention right away,” says Zimmerman. “It’s very inviting and more uplifting than a lot of our material, so we thought that was going to be the one people would absorb the quickest. I didn’t think ‘God Neon’ would be the song people would gravitate toward right off the bat, so that’s been a big surprise for us.”

Many things have caught the band off guard in the past few years. In addition to “God Neon” getting heavy radio play in Southern California, the band has toured with ZZ Ward, opened for Dave Matthews Band, and had its songs appear on multiple History Channel miniseries. Not only are these surprises continuing to happen, but sometimes they feel downright surreal.

“We’ve had a lot of weird situations where we’re recognized in public in environments you might not expect,” Zimmerman says with a laugh. “I was in L.A., at a Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake show, and I got recognized at The Rose Bowl multiple times, which is not normally the environment I would think people would pick me out of a crowd. So those things are a bit absurd and strange, but we feel like we’re still the same band we’ve always been, and we’re just trying to get incrementally better as time goes on.” 


The Silent Comedy will perform at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $10/adv, $12/door. For more information, call 423-1338.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Himalayan Kitchen

Chef Purna Regmi on the secrets of Nepalese cooking

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.