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Silvery are a Londonmarker-based 4-piece indie rock band, signed to Blow Up Records (the label of the legendary Britpop night club Blow Up). Their sound was best described by Journalist David Quantick in The Word as “Splenetic, frenetic, kinetic” and in NME as “Girlie harmonies, sniggering, fairground piano... tumble-dried Blur melting Sparks into liquid pop”.


Early shows were theatrical affairs, featuring bubble machines, Victorian uniforms, sword fights, flowers and bizarre between song banter, meaning the band became an oddity on the London circuit, gaining a cult following and attracting reviews in NME and invitations to play such prestigious venues as KOKOmarker in Camdenmarker, and O2 Wireless festival in Hyde Parkmarker, Londonmarker. In the Summer of 2007 the band were picked up by Blow Up Records.

The name Silvery was derived from a shortening of the band's original name The Black & Silver Livery (adopted from the colours of locomotives of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway company, two of which are pictured in the booklet that accompanies their debut album).

Double A side debut single Horrors / Orders was a suitable statement of intent and the accompanying video gaining heavy rotation on MTV2 and in Topshop branches around the UKmarker. Next single Devil In The Detail and the album Thunderer & Excelsior were released on the same day in August 2008, launched at an instore performance by the band as part of the Rough Trade East record shop 1st Year anniversary. Devil In the Detail convincingly won a BBC 6Music Roundtable vote against The Streets and Katy Perry, and the station selected the album as Album Of The Day on 12 August. Positive reviews appeared in publications such as The Word , Q, Artrocker and Clash magazine, who included the album version of That Which Is / That Which is Not on a covermounted CD with their Sept 2008 issue. Steve Lamacq championed the band, and publicly stated he believed the band should’ve been nominated for that year’s Mercury Music Prize .

Following the release of the album, Silvery played a series of one off shows, most notably at the Kendalmarker Calling festival in Cumbriamarker and British Sea Power's Sing Ye From The Hillside festival at the legendary Tan Hill Innmarker, Yorkshiremarker, the highest public house in Britainmarker at 1732 feet above sea level.. The third single Action Force was made Lamacq's Single Of The Week on his BBC 6Music show and featured on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Juke Box Jury on 21 October 2008.

The band ended 2008 with a one off Christmas single, a cover of You Give A Little Love (by Paul Williams from the musical Bugsy Malone) voted Steve Lamacq's Rebel Playlist winner on his BBC 6Music show. and healthy showings of Thunderer & Excelsior in the Artrocker and Organ Top albums of 2008 lists.

In 2009 Silvery released a 4 song single The Nishikado EP featuring a new mix of another song off the album (already picked up by several album reviews as the stand out track) which went as hight as number 11 on the Dutch free40 chart. This was quickly followed by a free downloadable 'official' bootleg live album entitled Silvery, I Presume which was an audience recording of the final date on what had become known as the 2 year long Thunderer & Excelsior World Tour.


While most reviews suggest a mix of Blur, Sparks and Kaiser Chiefs, Silvery themselves have often cited a wider range of interests. An interview on BBC Radio 1 on 4 August 2008 suggested that musically, London eccentrics Cardiacs are an influence, as are Swindonmarker's XTC, the more Glam Rock moments of Queen and David Bowie, as much as the Victorian science fiction of H.G.Wells, and magazines such as Fortean Times and a childhood obsession with extinct diesel locomotives. Indeed, within the sleeve of their debut album, a bibliography lists a selection of books for further reading for interested listeners, a unique gesture in rock music.



Horrors / Orders

1. Horrors

2. Orders (edit)

(7" single & digital download, March 10 2008, BU044, The Official UK Charts Company Independent Chart number 28)

Devil In The Detail

1. Devil In The Detail (edit)

2. The Squadron Leader

(7" single & digital download, August 11 2008, Cat: BU047, The Official UK Charts Company Independent Chart number 18)

Action Force / The Nod

1. Action Force

2. The Nod

(digital download, October 27 2008, Cat: BU048)

You Give A Little Love

1. You Give A Little Love (from the musical Bugsy Malone)

(digital download, December 15 2008, Cat: BU049)

The Nishikado EP

1. The Nishikado (Rebuilt In 2009)

2. Identity

3. Murder Holes

4. The Public Purse

(digital download, June 15 2009, Cat: BU051)


Thunderer & Excelsior

1. Horrors

2. Devil in the Detail

3. Action Force

4. Penny Dreadful

5. Warship Class

6. Star of the Sea

7. Revolving Sleepy Signs

8. Orders

9. 1994

10. Nishikado

11. Ghosts

12. Foreign Exchange and the Drilling Machine

13. That Which Is / That Which Is Not

14. Animals Are Vanishing (or, Martian Invasion 1853)

(CD album & digital download, August 11 2008, BU042CD)

Radio Sessions

BBC Radio 1 : Steve Lamacq's In New Music We Trust

4 August 2008, Maida Vale Studiosmarker 4

1. Horrors

2. Action Force

3. The Nishikado (available as a download on the BBC website)

BBC 6Music : Marc Riley

25 September 2008, BBC Manchestermarker Studio 2

1. Foreign Exchange & The Drilling Machine

2. Devil In The Detail

3. Action Force


  1. David Quantick, 'Thunderer & Excelsior review', Word Magazine issue 68, page 108
  2. 'What's On The NME Stereo?', NME 11th October 2008
  3. Nathan Westley, 'New Blood: Silvery', Artrocker issue 83, November 2008, page 20
  5. Martin Robinson, 'Radar', NME February 22nd 2007
  8. Interview on Dave TV 8/1/09
  9. Tom Artrocker, Singles Review, Artrocker issue 76, page 62
  17. 'A Year To Remember', Artrocker issue 85

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