Stolen Silver

Stolen Silver

Stolen Silver is the musical culmination of a decade-long friendship between songwriters Levi Britton and Dan Myers. It's a union that dates back to their days as roomates in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, one that entails a history as previous touring bandmates, collaborators, and, most importantly, singers. Their voices are instruments, effortless and vital to their mutual craft. On their self-titled EP co-produced with John Ovnik, their styles swerve along a spectrum that spans from Indie-Folk to Americana, from Pop-Rock to more explorative soundtrack moments where the spaces in the songs are equally important to their narrative, undoubtedly due to Myer's work as a film composer. This new chapter takes them into unfamiliar territory both in the studio and on the stage, where ideas are fresh and nothing is left unattempted. Their sound is quickly evolving, as is their lineup. Since their initial vision of a folk duo, they've expanded to a full six-piece assembly, a determined collection of seasoned multi-instrumentalists and drummers. Half the band resides in Chicago while the other hails from Traverse City, Michigan- a circumstance that forces them out on the road yet leaves plenty of room for both immediacy and intimacy to take shape.

Still in their first year, praise continues to build. Their hard work has already taken them to headlining bills at LA's Hotel Café and Chicago's renowned venues Hideout and Schubas, where they hosted a month-long residency in February. They've earned the seal of approval from WXRT and WLUW Radio, WGN-TV, UR Chicago, the Tribune's Red Eye, and they've released a video for their single "Carbon Copy" while recently popping up in the tastemaker blogosphere. Spots in the audience become harder to snag as they continue to weave fresh material into their live shows, and the next year sees Stolen Silver touring while recording follow-up material that stands to build the perfect acoustic facade while expertly demolishing it, rising in it's place a structure of challenging hooks, golden-layered harmonies, and a latticework of electric guitars, keyboard atmospheres and percussive textures that still wouldn't be out of place with where they've come from. It shouldn't be long before the rest of America gets to watch this happen.
Dan Myers and Levi Britton met in Traverse City, MI before Dan was old enough to consume alcohol, and Levi had just graduated from high school. As fate would have it, they were both hired to be in the Golden Garter Review, a group created by a wonderful tourist attraction called Dill’s Olde Town Saloon that would recruit musically talented college students from colleges in the Midwest to come play for hungry crowds.

After developing a strong friendship throughout their time together in the GGR, the two moved to Chicago and spent four years as roommates in the Logan Square neighborhood writing songs every night and appearing as fixtures in the locals bars. In 2001, they started a successful, critically acclaimed acoustic four- piece pop band called Down the Line, whom they have released five albums and toured with extensively. Additionally, Dan regularly plays violin and sings vocals with Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band and writing songs for major movie studios. His most recent placement was in The Weinstein Company’s Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil.

As time has passed, Levi is back in Traverse City ,both guys are married to wonderful women, and finally those long nights of writing sessions are paying off through their new art folk duo Stolen Silver.

Brighton MA

Indie-rockers Brighton MA have come into their own through refining their signature bursting emotionality with concise song structures and expansive dynamics on their sophomore album, Oh Lost. In an era of hyper stimulation, the arresting clarity of the Chicago-based quartet’s latest reminds us to not lose sight of the simple beauty of life.

On the lead track “Touch” (Youtube) singer-songwriter Matt Kerstein recalls how in youth we’re more emotionally available and attuned to the wonder of life. He sings with tender weariness: “Kids like us trying to live off the Touch.” Kerstein notes: “Everyone related and felt those lyrics so they could just focus on the music around the words.” Besides being a conceptual touchstone, the track marked an aesthetic one as Brighton MA hit upon a punchier approach to song arrangement. “That was a turning point because of its general simplicity. It was one of the first tunes in a fresh batch after the last album. It developed quickly and we kept it simple with driving immediacy.”

Producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse) tracked Oh Lost in Chicago at Engine Studios. His sensitivity to Brighton MA’s endearingly scruffy hooks and romantic volatility helped him embolden the band’s approach with adventurous textures and concise arrangements. “He came to rehearsals with a scalpel and he spearheaded a lot of experimentation,” singer Matt Kerstein says, summing up Deck’s contributions.

The band also benefitted from the first-time opportunity of having an uninterrupted month-long block to record. This chance at sustained creativity allowed the band the freedom to see new ideas through and be more detail oriented with performances and dynamics. In addition to the luxury of non-rushed studio time, Brighton MA also benefited from finding a wellspring of inspiration with the addition of fresh blood. Singer-songwriter Kerstein and Brighton MA drummer Sam Koentopp were in Scotland Yard Gospel Choir together and, along with arranger/guitarist Jim Tuerk, have been the foundation of Brighton MA since 2006. In 2007 the trio welcomed into the fold guitarist Joe Darnaby, and bassist Jon Ozaksut.

The critically-acclaimed indie-rock quintet has been applauded for its innate lysergic folkie, noise-pop aesthetic and bold vulnerability, garnering favorable comparison to The Walkmen, The Flaming Lips, and Bob Dylan. Brighton MA has shared the stages with Spoon, The Arcade Fire, Old 97’s, Elvis Perkins, and Mason Jennings. The group has had songs licensed by the TV shows “Gossip Girl,” “Community,” “Castle,” ‘Ghost Whisperer,” and “One Tree Hill.” Most recently, their signature tune, “Good Kind of Crazy” (featured on Oh Lost), was licensed by Jack Daniels for an international television and web campaign scheduled to air through 2012.


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