The Silent Comedy
Starsystem, Jamestown Revival
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
The Silent Comedy
The Silent Comedy is a San Diego-based group of musicians mixing Americana, Folk and Rock n’ Roll into a sound that is best understood by experiencing their live show. Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman started the band to capture the feeling of the bar culture they worked in and the revival meetings they grew up attending. The outcome is an experience that has been described as “a whiskey tent revival.”
The Silent Comedy took to the road immediately after their first show and have continued to build on that tradition. The brothers’ father was a preacher who sold everything the family owned to travel the world, an experience that shapes the lyrics and DIY ethic of the group. The band is made up of Joshua (bass/vocals) and Jeremiah Zimmerman (keys, vocals, guitar) together with their cousin Chad Lee (drums) and long time friend Justin Buchanan (mandolin/banjo). The band has roots in the craft beer and cocktail scene in California that have added to the rowdy reputation of their live shows. What started as a loyal base of bartenders and beer brewers has grown to a community of dedicated fans all over the world.
Their last album, Common Faults, was self released and sold over 14,000 copies. The band recently worked with Dave Matthews Band’s Boyd Tinsley on an improvisational film/music project entitled “Faces in the Mirror.” This led to The Silent Comedy opening for DMB at The Gorge in Washington state in 2011 and 2012.
Through placement in projects such as Hatfields & McCoys, starring Kevin Costner, and the History Channel’s original series The Men Who Built America (to name a few), The Silent Comedy has been able to reach an even larger audience that is growing with each shot of whiskey.
The year is 5086 and what we know of our world has passed. Our creations and identity live on as light beams and frequencies swirling around the Universe, known as Auras. With so much technology driving space exploration, we’ve discovered other worlds and cultures, opening new channels of trade, commerce, and creativity. The world as we know it is now thought of as Universal.
Earth’s Auras have carried our history, ideas, creations and artistic expressions to other galaxies, and we’ve inspired generations upon generations of cultures and other lifeforms, creating a unifying feeling around the Universe. We are all connected, coexisting in harmony. This is a time of peace and prosperity; an optimistic and pleasant view of the future.
The first group to embrace exploration were the Aris, known for their forward thinking and thirst for adventure. They opened the door, took the plunge, and brought others. The Aris were the driving force behind discovering new galaxies and cultivating relationships with other species. The big businesses and corporations, known as Monopoles, followed in their footsteps, laying down the pipeline to develop new civilizations. This cat and mouse game between Aris and Monopoles pushed and supported the Aris beyond maps and knowledge of the Universe, and beyond our boundaries and imagination, to new galactic frontiers.
Our story opens in a time when the harmony between Aris and Monopoles has become increasingly more dissonant and tense. A decision made by one of the Monopoles, known as Bru & Skern Universal, to limit Aris exploration by denying them fuel, has upset the natural balance around Universe. B&S is only focused on growing profits within their already established businesses and have cornered the market. The more the Aris explore, the more their competitors have opportunities to build and cultivate new territories, which would take away from their control. The other Monopoles have been pushed out and carry little influence in the Universe. B&S have become a monopoly and have taken away what little power the Aris already have.
Captain Black and his crew are the only hope for the Aris. He and his crew run a local tour guide business in the Pleasure District from their old ship called, The Ligner. The new “No Exploration Law” has caused a rebellion amongst the Aris and Captain Black decides to take the law into his own hands and escape the Monopole control. Little do they know, B&S has sent Yanda, a cyborg bounty hunter, to search and destroy The Ligner. Captain Black and his crew set sail on a galactic mission, following in the footsteps of the Aris legacy, to expand the boundaries of the known Universe.
This is their story. This is STARSYSTEM.
At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade.
Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence.
At one point or another, music from Creedence Clearwater and The Everly Brothers, to fellow Texans Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Stevie Ray Vaughan found it’s way through an old pair of speakers that sat on the back porch. The pair spent the day exploring that thousand-acre plot of land, and when the sun when down they took to the records of the songwriters and bands that inspired them. At the age of 22, they moved to Austin and began to craft a sound of their own. Deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American, and Western rock.
Looking for adventure, as well as a change of pace, they eventually made the decision to head west and make the move to Los Angeles, CA.
Throughout the course of the next 12 months, they wrote what will be Jamestown Revival’s first full-length album. It’s heavily autobiographical, telling the stories of their adventures, their discomforts, and their observations. In order to capture the spirit of the music, the two found a log cabin high within the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The pair, along with their band and engineer, set out to convert it in to a temporary recording studio. With wild moose right outside the window, and aspen leaves spinning in the wind, they tracked 14 songs. Performed live, with no headphones, and entirely to tape, the process captured the moments in the room.
Now back L.A., the duo are planning to release their music and gear up for life back out on the road. These days, they’re exploring far more than just a thousand acres…