With song titles like “Dr. Solar,”
“Lunar Love” and “Test #370,” the Silvermen’s newest record, Pioneers
of the Intergalactic Frontier, certainly contains a space travel theme.
The cover art and lyrics are all printed in retro comic book style and
the cover even boasts “A Thrilling Musical Adventure” and “Buy this record!
You won’t be sorry!” Well, the listener will not be sorry they picked
up the CD. The unique blend of swing, rockabilly, pop-rock and clips
of outer-space sound-effects really give the Silvermen a sound to call
their own. The trio from Missouri consists of singer-guitarist David
“Zoop” Coonce, Paul Pace Jr. on drums, and William Brown contributing vocals,
bass, guitar and synth-bass. Brown and Coonce write very space-influenced
songs, with lyrics about love lost in space, the invasion of Earth, and
a Dr. Solar taking out Batman and Superman. The fun lyrics fall over
the music very well, and the album’s theme just adds to the entertainment.
The album’s opening track
is “Arrival,” a recording from an old astronaut movie or TV show.
The tracks after this introduction are all space related with the exception
of “Infrared,” a song about God’s ability to set people on the right track
and help them become whole. These lyrics are different from the rest
because of their seriousness:
world and I’m set free.
The Silvermen have created a
signature sound style that is expressed with surprising high quality on
of the Intergalactic Frontier that will be sure to make them stand
out from any other sound on Earth or beyond.
In the dark I was broken.
I used to spin around
to watch my back.
In my dreams is where
You have spoken.
You plot the course and
put me right on track.
Now I’m a part of forever.
I’m not exactly sure
just what that means
But part of my spirit
is heaven and faith is believing in the unseen.
Chelsea Lewis 7/25/2000