Allison O'Braza (vocals), Nick Santini (guitar), Roxy Pacifico (guitar), Danny Wujcik (bass) and John Fenrich (drums) are Silver Silver. The young band plays certifiable pop rock that is destined to mainstream radio. I don’t think there is any denying that the band will appeal to a very broad demographic.
My first thoughts when listening to Livin Dreamin were that the band sounds somewhere between Avril Lavigne and Paramore, leaning more towards the latter. Between the distorted power chord progressions and catchy vocal harmonies the music should sound familiar to most people. It will make it that much easier to figure out if this is music that is up your alley.
The songs on Livin Dreamin are made by young people for young people. I can’t see this teeny bop style resonating with many people past their mid ‘20s if that. The lyrics revolve around topics like “hanging out in your t-shirt and dreams” and just figuring out what you are doing with your life.
Livin Dreamin starts with “Intro” which is nothing more than a recording of the famous NASA space shuttle. It serves as a literal countdown to “Flood In” which is the most commercial song on the album. The Avril Lavigne comparisons are undeniable on this song. Every move in the song is more predictable than the one before but I think the band was well aware of that. It’s obvious that they are not going for being the most original band in the world but are looking for a hit that people have resonated with in the past.
“C'est la Vie” has a very similar vibe to the first song while “T-Shirt and Jeans” has a slight different guitar progression, which gives the band a different dynamic. The chorus on “T-Shirt and Jeans” is undeniably catchy and gets stuck in your head whether you want it to or not.
“Existential” sounds different from anything else on the album. The band removes the distortion from their guitars and the vibe is triumphant and hopeful. I’d argue the band goes a bit overboard at the end with one grandiose crescendo after another. They close with “You and Me” which is a highlight.
Silver Silver has done their homework. They know all the tricks and tropes that constitute a commercially viable song and applied them to their songs. A lot of people will appreciate that and other won’t.
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