Toledo’s own Silent Lions return to OT after big yearWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo’s duo Silent Lions played their first show at Ottawa Tavern one year ago.
“I remember being really surprised at the turnout and by people’s interest in what [we] had just begun,” drummer Matt Klein said in an email. “I had been playing in as many as three bands at the time … all regulars at The Ottawa Tavern. I’d like to believe that all the hard work and great experiences packed into a relatively short time with those bands prepared me to hit the ground running with that very first Silent Lions show.”
The band will return to OT, 1817 Adams St., on Feb. 7 to celebrate the release of their new E.P. They specifically chose the venue to celebrate in.
“We love playing in OT and it’s definitely our favorite place to hang in town,” frontman Dean Tartaglia said. “I think, because we’ve been out on the road so much and we haven’t had a proper Toledo show in a while … we thought it’d be a great place to put our album out.”
The Toledo show falls at the end of a 24-date tour, which they began in January. It will include an extended set comprised of every song they’ve recorded.
“Having the home court advantage gives us that privilege this show,” Klein said.
Klein added that the two are looking forward to the show even though they play Dayton the night before and won’t get much rest.
The duo has been touring almost nonstop since releasing their debut “The Parliaments” last year. Their new E.P. “The Compartments,” which was released Jan. 14, was recorded between three tours, including 75 shows in 12 states.
“The challenges of being in a two-piece band are the same reason it’s fun and rewarding,” Klein said. “Touring as a two-piece began a bit more difficult because there are so many tasks to complete, a lot of equipment to keep track of and no back up when you’re both exhausted at the end of the day. But we’ve each found the roles we fit best into and complement each other well.”
Tartaglia said the new music has evolved since their first release. It contains more hip-hop and soul.
“The more that we get out on the road and the more shows that we play gives us an urge to commit more time to [record],” Tartaglia said. “We’re really fortunate. It’s been a really successful first year.”
The duo went right into the studio once they had time off from their tour. And it happened quickly.
“It was on the forefront of our agenda,” Tartaglia said. “I think we recorded in like six or seven days.”
The E.P. features songs like “Runnin’ Me Down,” “Crash & Burn” and newest up-tempo single “Stolen In The Heat Of The Moment.” The accompanying music video for “Stolen …” was inspired by the music videos of the ‘90s. Tartaglia said it’s a psychedelic visual of the song which features lyrics like, “Know it does get better, just have to give it time.”
“‘Stolen …” is a great introduction to our sound,” Klein said. “Its pace and soft/loud dynamic gets people’s attention while having an overall soulful atmosphere.”
Tartaglia said the E.P. ranges in different sounds, but sonically is comparable to “Stolen.” Musically, he said, they wanted to try different things while writing the album.
“We’re really inspired by a lot of classic soul,” Tartaglia said. “We like to call ourselves heavy soul … this is kind of our E.P. that goes in different directions but I think every song meets in the middle. For us, it was really interesting and it’s really exciting to branch out and do more.”
He said the band is Nirvana meets The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age goes hip-hop and has a Hall & Oats vibe.
“I think our influences weren’t coming through as well as we wanted,” Tartaglia said. He added the new E.P. is more interesting and “goes more places.”