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Silvertide

Silvertide was formed in January 2001 in northeast Philadelphia. At first, Silvertide (which was originally called Vertigo) had four members: lead singer Walt Lafty, lead guitarist Nick Perri, rhythm guitarist Mark Melchiorre (who also plays banjo and the Indian sitar), and drummer Kevin Frank (who has cited the Who's Keith Moon as a major influence). The lineup was completed with the addition of bassist Brian Weaver. The young rockers had been jamming and rehearsing in the basement for several months when they started performing live in Philadelphia clubs, and listeners were shocked to hear a ...read more

Silvertide was formed in January 2001 in northeast Philadelphia. At first, Silvertide (which was originally called Vertigo) had four members: lead singer Walt Lafty, lead guitarist Nick Perri, rhythm guitarist Mark Melchiorre (who also plays banjo and the Indian sitar), and drummer Kevin Frank (who has cited the Who's Keith Moon as a major influence). The lineup was completed with the addition of bassist Brian Weaver. The young rockers had been jamming and rehearsing in the basement for several months when they started performing live in Philadelphia clubs, and listeners were shocked to hear a group of 21st century teenagers sounding like they had just stepped out of the '70s or '80s -- in fact, most of Silvertide's members were still in high school and weren't old enough to vote when the band was formed. Because their sound was so unapologetically retro, they felt like musical outcasts in high school. When other northeast Philly teens were listening to KoЯn, Limp Bizkit, Eminem, and Jay-Z, Silvertide's members were admiring the Rolling Stones, the Who, Peter Frampton, Jimi Hendrix, and the Faces. When other high-school students were adoring Britney Spears, *NSYNC, and the Backstreet Boys, Lafty was being influenced by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, and Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. If the members of Silvertide were musical outsiders in high school, they weren't outsiders in Philadelphia rock clubs -- by the end of 2001, Silvertide was creating a healthy buzz on the city's rock scene. Silvertide opened for Aerosmith when they played in Philadelphia during a national tour. That local buzz led to a deal with veteran music industry mogul Clive Davis' J Records, which signed the band and released its debut EP, American Excess, in 2002. The following summer, Silvertide joined producer Oliver Leiber (Paula Abdul, The Corrs) in Los Angeles to begin recording their studio full-length debut. After previewing their songs on a springtime tour with Tantric and Shinedown, Silvertide issued Show and Tell in early June 2004. They also opened for Van Halen on their 2004 reunion tour. « hide

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Show and Tell
2004

3.8
38 Votes

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