Getting To Know... The Silver Bars

After releasing their brilliant EP 'No Luxuries' earlier this year, Cumbria-based outfit The Silver Bars now make a glorious return with their vibrant new single 'The Morning'.

Mixing bright and uplifting indie-rock tropes with more troubled and anxious lyrics gives 'The Morning' an instantly engaging feel from start to finish. Filled with energetic pace, vibrant textures, and some incredibly catchy hooks throughout, this new one definitely grabs your attention and never lets you go.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Matt - I took a real interest in guitar at first before seeing a drum kit was a prize in my primary school raffle. I don’t even think I entered for it but after that I was dying to play on one! Later I found my Grandad used to play and he got me one for Christmas that year.

Kieran- Always had an interest in guitars due to the music I was brought up listening to.

Elliott - One of them frog shaped guiro things.

Phil - Had an upright piano in the house as a kid. Wouldn't say I fell for it but I could play a few Christmas carols.

Dylan - I used to play a mini keyboard. I taught myself ‘happy birthday’, and that kept me going til I was about 10.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

Matt - I was very much into punk rock or pop punk and it still slightly dictates the way I play now.

Kieran- A combination of Classic Rock and 00’s rock such as Deep Purple through to Kasabian.

Elliott - All the Kerrang and Scuzz classics - Green Day, Muse, Slipknot, Korn.

Phil - A Strange mix really, some that come to mind are most Classical Composers and MCR.

Dylan - I liked Elvis Presley and Cat Stevens mainly, anything my parents listened to.

What was the first album you remember owning?

Matt - Dookie by Green Day.

Kieran- Franz Ferdinand self titled album.

Elliott - Robbie Williams - I’ve Been Expecting You.

Phil - Mcfly - Room on the 3rd floor.

Dylan - Gorillaz: Gorillaz.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Matt -Anthem part 2 by Blink 182. Purely for the amount of times I’ve imagined myself playing it.

Kieran- Definitely Muse- Plug in Baby as it’s one of the best guitar riffs I’ve ever heard!

Elliott - The Horrors - Sea Within a Sea.

Phil - James Blake - Retrograde.

Dylan - Bob Dylan: Desolation Row.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Matt - Personally I don’t.

Kieran- No real rituals but I always use yellow guitar picks whenever I play, they’re all just scattered around my house.

Elliott - Nah.

Phil - Generally have a massive hangover but that's mainly coincidence I reckon.

Dylan - Record myself on my voice notes on my phone and play it back. Helps me remember and it’s easier than writing it down.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Matt - Easy Life, Inhaler and Stereophonics are who I’m listening to at the moment but Blink 182 has to be my all time fave.

Kieran- Currently been listening to a lot of Foo Fighters, Nothing But Thieves and was recently introduced to a band called Peace and enjoying their catalogue.

Elliott - Omni, Squid, Shame, Django Django.

Phil - Tame Impala, LA Priest, Everything Everything.

Dylan - Everything Everything, Fat White Family, Conway Twitty, The Pogues, Viagra Boys, Sia.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Matt - Stereophonics.

Kieran- Muse without a doubt!

Elliott - The Strokes.

Phil - Yan Tiersen.

Dylan - Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Matt - Probably writing music that people enjoy but when you play them live the thrill you get when the crowd is singing them back to you.

Kieran- The experience of playing your music live has got to be the best part and hearing a crowd sing lyrics back for sure.

Elliott - Being in a band.

Phil - Adrenaline.

Dylan - Getting to sing at the top of your voice and no one telling you to shut up.

And what is the most frustrating part?

Matt - Probably the fact you can only control a few tiny things like writing the music. You have a clear goal but the only way from A to B is if anyone besides yourself is interested.

Kieran- The endless cycle of falling in and out of love with written progressions and melodies.

Elliott - Waiting around.

Phil - Carting a load of heavy sh*t about.

Dylan - Setting gear down.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Matt - Learn how to play in time!

Kieran- Try to make sure write and record every idea down, you’ll be surprised what you might use in the future!

Elliott - Buy a bass.

Phil - You don't come in yet.

Dylan - You’re only as good as your last show.


The Silver Bars' new single 'The Morning' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.