Many bands – desperate to give the impression that someone somewhere gives a **** about them – have claimed to be a hit on the Internet. Once upon a time… we were. We charted high and consistently at long dead wonder sites such as MP3.com, ClickMusic and Besonic, we were also flown to Los Angeles to collect the Best Music Award at the first (and last) ever Internet Film & Music festival – handed our trophy by Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles.
The first two albums Archangel and Star came out on MP3.com with The Speed of Life Pt 2 released on Uglyman. Delicate, sensitive music that can only be made by delicate, sensitive people. Great times, great fun. But tough too. Too tough. Holding down jobs, covering the miles to gig, to record.
More energy and patience than we could sustain. Martin somehow lost the Speed of Life masters, and as a band we lost the plot not so long after it came out. Despite the formidable reviews, despite the kind words, it all got a bit much. We’d thrown everything at it. And at each other. We didn’t have anything left to give.
So in 2005, the morning after, though we say so ourselves, a majestic performance at Camel Rock Festival on St Martin’s in the Scilly Isles we walked away from each other.
Martin into China. Anna into her work.
But as time passed our other lives felt unfulfilled. Something was missing. The songs had no singer, the singer no songs. There was business unfinished.
So last year we talked. Then we met. We reconciled. Then we went to Italy, to Torri del Benaco on the shores of Lake Garda. The sun shone and we did what we do best – we made a beautiful new record. Classic Silverman – the words, the voice, the space like no-one else. Older for sure, wiser perhaps, but without doubt the best collection of songs we’ve ever put together.
Cursed with a deeply romantic belief in the power of music, yet somehow blessed with an ability to realise that belief, who knows where this adventure will take us? What we do know is that we’re incredibly proud of the album we’ve made.
When Dom Wills (anyone remember The Stud Brothers in the Melody Maker?) writes: “Some music has to be made. It cannot be ignored, forgotten, pushed to the back of the mind and left to die where most dreams die. No matter what barriers oppose its creation, no matter how uncomfortable its birth, it will out.” – he’s 100% right.
When you get the chance to hear ONNO for yourself, you’ll surely agree.
Released on June 10th and available for pre-order here, do please share the good news.
The rumours of our demise…
Martin & Anna