SILENT-K – Lucky 7

LUCKY 7 IS THE FEATURE WHERE WE ASK ARTISTS TO NAME THEIR 6 FAVOURITE SONGS BY OTHERS, AND A LUCKY 7TH SONG OF THEIR OWN…

SILENT–K are a ferocious four piece with unique and infectious melodies and electrifying hip-hop infused rock n roll, that has already seduced audiences into their fizzy-pop platter of sonic fury and vivacity. Chris Taylor – aka Pineapple King – has been at the forefront since the band’s inception, having previously toured on guitar for both Fat White Family and Dave McCabe & The Ramifications.

“We’re on a mission to capture the imagination of the UK music scene,” says Chris. “The songs carry meaning and substance, and we want to unite all the true like-minded heads out there and keep pushing the envelope.”

SILENT-K Lucky 7

SILENT–K was originally co-founded by Taylor with Dave McCabe from critically acclaimed Liverpool band The Zutons. Although no longer a permanent live member, McCabe still makes the occasional guest appearance and features strongly on the debut album.

“Wonky” is a word close to Chris’ heart and it’s not till you hear to SILENT-K that the penny drops.  The band bring to mind twisted classics like Oingo Boingo’s ‘Weird Science’, the theme tune to Aussie kid’s classic ‘Round the Twist’, Talking Heads, early Elton John, The Munsters or even Simian before they became a mobile disco. Wonky it is. Wonky and bloody brilliant.

Over to Chris with his Lucky 7..

1. ISAAC HAYES – ‘WALK ON BY’
This version on ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ is the musical equivalent of chocolate velvet! The intro is just the bomb; the luxury strings that sweep you up and then drop you down to that dirty fuzzed up guitar then into that hypnotising slide. This is the sound I was chasing for our tune ‘Go Back’; dark, atmospheric, pure sex. Then Isaac’s voice comes in and just melts you like jelly. Such a trip!

2. SHAUN RYDER – ‘ELECTRIC SCALES’
The opening line, “Ya lived in a Winnebago, making money selling baked potato”. Hahaaa! I really relate to his playful lyrics and nursery rhyme like melodies. You enter the comedy realm if you go too daft with lyrics, but this is the right mix of funny and real. It’s a unique tune; punk, hip-hop, psychedelic, it’s right up my strasse. Shaun’s a true one off and Happy Mondays will always be a huge inspiration to draw from. It’s uplifting and in your face; tight and loose and all at the same time. Our song ‘Doorstep; has a Happy Mondays / Shaun Ryder vibe that I’m proud of.

3. CAN – ‘MOONSHAKE’
So many to choose from when it comes to Can but ‘Moonshake’ has this polyphonic pattern going on that creates a mad kind of funk. It’s got a sci-fi vibe about it too like you’re inside a flying saucer hurtling through space. I have no idea what Damo is on about most of the time, but it never matters, it’s all part of the atmosphere. There are so many Can tunes that motivate me. ‘Vitamin C’, ‘Dizzy Dizzy’ and ‘Halleluhwah’ are all big energy suppliers. It’s a percussive psyche rock and roll funkdom of groove stink that oozes all over your brain. What a band; love it!

4. BECK – ‘CELLPHONE’S DEAD’
The funky Herbie Hancock riff got me hooked. The intro is like you’re rolling into the jungle on safari and then BAM, it hits you! His choices of lyrics sound great together but don’t tend to make much sense, which is admirable, true creativity. Always loads of textures popping in from all angles too. I went through a Beck phase for a few years, hard not to, he does it all. He stands alone in a colourful cartoon pop world of his own.

5. BEACH BOYS – ‘LET’S GO AWAY FOR A WHILE’
I only discovered this tune a few years ago after reading Brian Wilson’s biography, the one that crazy doctor Langley wrote with him. I was never really exposed to, or understood, what the Beach Boys were about until then. Once you’re aware of Brian’s specialness it’s a wonderful thing. It’s like this tune was beamed direct from the great jukebox in the sky. An emotive, beautiful being that will break your heart and mend it too. I think it sets the bar when it comes to writing something that pulls the tides within. It’s always a perfect one to end the night with too. I just wish it went on for longer.

6. TALKING HEADS – ‘LIFE DURING WAR TIME’
Hits the ground running this one. Makes me get all wonky and throw outrageous shapes. David Byrne’s vocal delivery is something extraordinary. It sounds like he’s wrestling with himself to explain some dilemma and is on the verge of a meltdown. I imagine a lot of folks relate to this and hear that tone in their inner monologue. People sometimes reference Talking Heads when describing SILENT-K. They’ve been a massive influence on me, so it’s an honour people hear it in there. New York does that to you, not that I’m purposely trying to recreate their sound, but if those comparisons help people join the dots and digest new music that’s just delicious.

LUCKY 7: SILENT-K – DOORSTEP
‘Doorstep’ is a funky punchy in your face party starter. Lots of colour and wonkiness in there and enough vibe to get you swinging. It’s got a psychedelic cartoon element about it too, which is something that pops up a bit in SILENT–K songs. It’s the band’s hottest tune to date and has blown up since its release. It’s never easy to make a song sound as good in the studio as it does in your head but I’m happy with this. The mix that Ross (Orton) has done on it captures the attitude perfectly. It’s about having a good time and freeing yourself from restriction. It’s a real dance, so go treat yourself!