Ryan Star, The Silent Comedy
425 North Bumby Ave
Orlando, FL, 32803
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
The Parlotones are known for their electric, polished stage performances delivered against the backdrop of their deftly crafted and darkly romantic lyrics. Their sound, described as alternative in their formative years and influenced by the likes of Muse, Radiohead and the Smiths, has evolved substantially becoming more refined and focused with each album. The band experiment sonically with their sound and various structures are utilised in their songs, including the typical Doo-Wop cycle or traditional Folk structure.
It took the band’s debut album ‘Radiocontrolledrobot’ two years to reach Gold status and their follow up ‘A World Next Door To Yours’ achieved this in a couple of months. Three months later the album was certified Platinum. Testimony to just how much the band has grown over the past few years.’ A World Next Door To Yours’ remained on the South African top 20 sales chart for more than twelve months and, with sales in excess of 80 000, is currently South Africa’s biggest selling rock album of this decade – having achieved Double Platinum Status. The album spurned seven radio singles, a very unique situation
As the title of the New York rocker’s Atlantic debut provocatively suggests, Star’s whole life has been building to this point. The songs on “11:59” play out in real time, the stories spin out in narratives that resonate with urgency and truth. Star’s often stripped-bare vocals give the songs an added resonance.
“There have been a million hopes and let downs to get here,” Star says. ”I don’t think you really choose the time as an artist, I think the time chooses you. This album is who I am.” And now that he’s here, as track “Right Now’ stresses, he is going to seize the moment.
Thoughtfully and meticulously created, “11:59” proves well worth the wait. Throughout much of the album, Star seamlessly melds traditional rock elements with captivating rhythms.
For “11:59,” Star partnered with producer Matt Serletic (matchbox twenty, Collective Soul), who artfully understood how to combine Star’s storytelling style with his modern sensibilities. “Matt and I created something special; we really put our different personalities together to make this record,” Star says. Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance) provided additional production to bring out his rock roots.
For more than half his life, Star has been a fiery performer. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., by the time Star was 14 he regularly traveled to Manhattan to play clubs, including the legendary CBGB’s.
As a member of Stage, a band he formed with childhood friends, Star signed with Maverick/Warner Bros. After that brief excursion, Star returned to his first love of performing. Now a solo artist, what followed was a period of tremendous artistic growth as Star found his individual voice, culminating in the self-release of 2005’s “Songs from the Eye of an Elephant.” That 20-song set, recorded in his living room with just piano and vocals, showcased Star’s do-it-yourself, indie ethic with its intensity drawing comparisons to Tori Amos and Eddie Vedder.
As he honed his live talents, Star simultaneously worked on his songwriting craft, often finding inspiration in movies from director/former rock journalist Cameron Crowe that marries music and image. So inspired is Star by film that he often watches movies with pen and pad in hand so he can note the feelings they provoke.
The Silent Comedy
Brothers Jeremiah and Joshua Zimmerman have been fighting an uphill battle to pursue music. After their preacher father sold all of their possessions and launched the family on a worldwide adventure, the brothers went from playing folk instruments in the foothills of the Himalayas, to drawing crowds around pianos at Spanish shopping malls. Different elements of this life history eventually culminated in the formation of a solid quintet, The Silent Comedy.
The band's success from selling out shows in California have resulted in The Silent Comedy sharing bills with Dave Mathews Band, The Roots, The Black Keys Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Razorlight, Switchfoot, Common, MGMT, Cold War Kids, Flogging Molly, The Whigs, Delta Spirit, and many more.
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It's Bassist Glen's birthday Friday the 25th so we're doing something special! Anyone interested in playing a round of poker with Glen before the show RSVP and comment on the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/240921442668864/ and then let us know why we should pick you! DON'T FORGET - We're collecting school supplies for New Image Youth Center - bring in school supplies for a FREE 11"x17" Parlotones poster, and a chance for an upgrade to a large 24"x36" poster! **while supplies last**
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