Live Review

Golden Silvers, London ICA

If you have a list of bands to catch this summer, make sure these guys are on it.

The Golden Silvers have managed to sell out the ICA tonight. Having toured with the likes of the Mystery Jets and Crystal Castles, they now have their own headline tour in which to really come into their own. Ditching the guitar, Keane they most definitely are not, in sound or visually. Songwriter, keyboardist and front man Gwylim Gold takes centre stage whilst Ben Moorhouse stands with hiss bass guitar on one side, with Alexis Nunez playing drums on the other. Though Gwylim stands relatively nondescript given his usual wardrobe choice, he exudes a natural charm as he takes to the stage.

Taking songs from their debut album ‘True Romance’, they open with ‘Another Universe’, dramatic in places; it is laden with layers and harmonising amongst Gwylim’s vocals. ‘Magic Touch’ and ‘True Romance’ are most definitely great dance floor fillers, and by this point, judging by the smiles and silly dancing from the audience, brotherly and sisterly love is prevalent in the latter undoubtedly being one of their strongest tracks. With an ‘oooooo’ here and there, blending harmonies Gwylim inspires by the simplicity in the lyrics ‘give yourself another chance, forgive your brothers and sisters’.

‘The Seed’ sees a differing direction in pace, a bit of respite which requires next to no limb action. It showcases Gwylim’s song writing and vocal style. It becomes impossible to not be envious of his innate ability to sing, an effortless spill as easily as one holds a conversation. Please Venus again finds a shift in pace, swaying from side to side. The jerkiness of Shakes with screeching is infectious and highly danceable. Similarly, ‘Arrows of Eros’ is clearly a crowd favourite with its wonderfully weird quirky beats and keys.

Finishing with ‘Fade to Black’, complete with additional harmonising (a trademark of the Golden Silvers) from Ben and Alexis, it is most definitely a communal, loving moment with plenty of hugs being shared. It is now clear that the Golden Silvers are not for the cynics.

With influences ranging from the Beach Boys to hip hop, they have a distinct style in all respects. It is also clear they are natural musicians and are not afraid to unleash their love of all things happy, poppy and shiny (yes, they even the heart badges and stickers!). If you have a list of bands to catch this summer, make sure these guys are on it – they will no doubt add a bit of summer lovin’.

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