MUSIC REVIEW by Susan Varnes-Newland
(Guest blogger from Grieve The Astronaut) ~ ~
SONS OF SILVER ~
BRAD YAEGER and THE NIGHT TERRORS ~ PANORAMICS
Highline Bar ~ Seattle WA, ~ March 2nd, 2019
As I sit in my red, vinyl bean bag chair, headsets on, cord attached to the turntable….
Every once in awhile, I like to share again the ‘WHY, WHAT, WHERE’ behind my Music Blog. After I wrote my Mom’s eulogy in 2011, I decided I didn’t want to wait until I was gone to have my life celebrated. I wanted to celebrate it now with music. I was 50 years old, hence the name “ROCKIN’ Through My 50’s”. My red, vinyl bean bag chair was in my teenage bedroom, where I would spend countless hours listening to music. It’s been wonderful, to reconnect with the wisdom of music. And hearing the music through a different set of ears. Ears that are more mature and have experienced all of the joys and heartaches of life. I am hearing the actual soul and meaning behind the songs. And typically, I am experiencing that music coming from mature musicians, who have also experienced life. There is a more raw, intentional meaning behind their creations.
When I was first asked to review the SONS OF SILVER , on their first West Coast Tour Show, I was intrigued by their musical history background. They were pulling experiences from performing with Pearl Jam, Last December, Candlebox and Skillet. And then, I was even more intrigued by the band’s philosophical approach to music. I liked this statement, “It mirrors the experiences and amplifies the voices of the creators.” And the creation of their music was to encourage people to be conscious and self-aware of the impact they leave on each other and the world.
I was ready to listen.
This was the first time I had been to the Highline Bar. It had a cool dive bar vibe, reminiscent of Seattle’s basement grunge past. Updated with a vegan menu, and herb infused cocktails. A heavy curtain separated the bar from the stage area. So, during sound check I heard the voices, rather than saw the band. And the voice that was singing spoke words that bore directly into my soul. I didn’t know who it was, but soon I would find out.
Directly after the sound check was over, SONS OF SILVER tour manager, Alex Moreno , brought over lead singer Peter Argyropoulos and introduced us to him. He sat down, and we enjoyed a wonderful conversation about his background, the history of the band, their approach, a little bit of everything. When I asked him if their band was heavily influenced by the 90’s Sound, considering their incredible wealth of experience from that era, he said “Not Really”. They bring out the best and new qualities in each other, and it all gels together perfectly. Who exactly is in the band, SONS OF SILVER? Peter “Pete RG” Argyropoulos (formerly of Last December), Dave Krusen (original Pearl Jam drummer), Adam Kury (Candlebox), Kevin Haaland (Skillet), and Brina Kabler. That is a lot of experience and life to draw music from. Later on, in the evening, I went back over and chatted some more with Peter. Before I walked away, I gave him a hug and said “You are so friendly and genuine!”. He said, “It’s the only way I know how to be.”
I was sold on the band before they even went onstage.
BRAD YAEGER AND THE NIGHT TERRORS
This was a triple bill night of music at The Highline Bar. Opening, was local Seattle band Brad Yaeger and The Night Terrors. A mix of heavy metal and rock, and completely unique in their presentation.
Continuing on with the Rock A Thon Of Music, was another local Seattle band, PANORAMICS. An indie mix of rock, with a fun dance vibe thrown in. I really enjoyed the extensive guitar riffs.
Finally, it was time for SONS OF SILVER to take stage. I felt badly for them to take the stage so late in the evening, especially since they had flown up from L.A. that morning. The late night didn’t seem to affect their performance, though. Deep, soulful and filled with beautiful guitar solos. I loved watching their faces during the show. They were all filled with a sense of peace. And a total connection with their music, and between themselves. It totally drew me into their performance.
Peter’s Rock Ballad voice blends perfectly in with the guitar riffs, creating an endless flow of music. He softly draws you into the song, and the next thing you know you’re being swept through on an orbit with mystical guitar solos from Adam Kury and Kevin Haadland. Dave Krusen’s drums solidly propelling all of us forward through the universe. And I loved watching Brina’s face while she serenely guided the music around us. It was kind of like you boarded their spaceship. And then they effortlessly hypnotize you into traveling with them, through new galaxies of sounds and ideas.
I loved the flow and blend of their energy. And the incredible talent behind each instrument being played onstage. The guitar work was phenomenal.
SONS OF SILVER truly fulfill their intention of creating music, that leaves the listener more aware of their place in the world.
I like music that makes me feel connected to the musicians who created it. And SONS OF SILVER definitely succeeded in doing that. I hope I have an opportunity to get caught up in their orbit again.
Thank you, for a fantastic night of music!
SUSAN IN SEATTLE
SONS OF SILVER www.sonsofsilver.com
BRAD YAEGER and THE NIGHT TERRORS www.squatterrecords.com
HIGHLINE BAR www.highlineseattle.com
SHAY’S PHOTOGRAPHY www.shaywingetphotography.com