Silver Arm’s “Dead Tongues” has the ability to rile up even its most reserved listeners. The third single from the UK four-piece is an exhilarating blast of energy that rides on anxiously pulsating guitar roars, heavily reverberating bass, and the ear-piercingly emotive howl of Gareth Hughes. During the verse his voice represents a more restrained post-punk/alt-rock hybrid, with a prominent rhythm section being reflective of that. The barraging waves of guitar take over during an erupting chorus, which unleashes a horde of audacious energy as Hughes menacingly aids a tour-de-force delivery of punk, math-rock, and alternative rock. “Dead Tongues” represents everything good about alternative hybrids and the energy they can deliver, if done properly. And man, Silver Arm really do it up proper.
Silver Arm’s upcoming full-length uses a variety of inspiration:
[quote]Currently working on a debut album for 2013, the band are influenced by things like the beautiful green central Bedfordshire woodpecker, early 80s American hardcore, British post punk, fictional languages, heavy metal, The Supremes, the building of pyramids, The Stooges, Devo, tales of rural terror both historical and current, The Mothers Of Invention, The 13th Floor Elevators, the traditional biscuit and shoe-making industries, Fugazi, Sonic Youth, the exploration of new continents and planets and the frigid air that drifts through the copses and lanes of England in the 21stcentury, which is the same air that drifted through them a thousand years ago.[/quote]