A Silent Film Biography
A Silent Film was formed by four like-minded but wayward young men in 2005. Fifty songs, two years and an intensive two-month recording session in northern France later, their debut EP The Projectionist was released on Xtra Mile to popular acclaim. The resulting UK tour kicked off with two magical (and sold-out) EP Release shows at the Soho Revue Bar in London (RIP) and the Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford, an indie cinema. The 'cinema gig' was a real taste of the scale and ambition of the Oxford quartet, and was made all the more special for three reasons. Firstly, BBC Introducing hosted the evening and subsequently asked the band to play their stage at Glastonbury 2007. Secondly, a member of the audience was involved in the production of a film adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Butterfly Tattoo and was so impressed that the band ended up playing live in the film. Thirdly - and most importantly - this was the night a relationship was struck between A Silent Film and producer Sam Williams (Supergrass, Noisettes). Building on the success of The Projectionist, Xtra Mile were keen to do an album and capitalise on the immediate creative spark between band and producer. The result was The City That Sleeps, A Silent Film's debut album. Produced by Sam Williams, and recorded locally at the idyllic Dungeon Studios just outside Oxford, the album perfectly captures the power and intensity of the band. It was immediately picked up by UK taste-makers like Steve Lamacq at 6music (Band of the Week), and John Kennedy at Xfm (Nominated with 'honourable mention' for Album of the Year, Picked in Xfm's 'Ones to Watch 2009), and the single You Will Leave a Mark was a 'hot download' in the Sunday Times, and was featured in a TV ad campaign for the launch of UKTV Watch. The band went on two UK headline tours divided by a full UK support tour playing with the multi-platinum US band One Republic. A Silent Film began to turn their eyes abroad... to Portugal. There was huge enthusiasm to release the album over there by Portuguese label AboutMusic, and it proved to be a wise decision with 'The City That Sleeps' going to #3 in the album charts, and single You Will Leave a Mark going to #1 in the singles charts! The band played their first festival over there at Optimus Alive playing to 5000 fans, and subsequent MTV and radio appearances have only increased their profile more. Success there has led to the recent licensing of the album to North America through US label Bieler Bros. 'The City That Sleeps' is now available there in a re-packaged format with extra songs, new artwork and special DVD content. 'You Will Leave a Mark' has already beeen featured on hit TV shows The Hills and House and is a regular on LA's KROQ and Sirius Alt Nation. The A Silent Film success train is rolling in the USA. The single 'You Will Leave A Mark' has been played on stations across America reaching No 1 on many including the influential KROQ and the only national station Sirius Alt Nation where the song was voted the 4th most requested of 2010 and their live session the best of 2010. 2011 sees the band returning to the US for another tour in March, a new single 'Driven by Their Beating Hearts'