Listen to 'Dark Matter' by The Idle Silence here.
Its like Nirvana and The Ramones had a baby!
Within the first 10 seconds, I get an immediate 90s rock vibe. So many bands and artists try to emulate that early nineties ‘in your face’ sound and style, but so many fail. This song however, definitely does NOT disappoint!
The song starts slow with a crunchy guitar lick to kick off the song that keeps repeating throughout, before this huge fuzzy bass kicks in with the drums to add another layer. It’s almost reminiscent to the smash hit ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, slow to start but instantly demands your attention. You can almost feel the power and the energy from the drummer as they’re pounding away at the kit.
The vocal effect throughout is really crisp, yet sounds as if they’re being pushed to the brink of becoming distorted. It makes it feel like the singer is inches away from your ear. The style of the vocals really give me that Nirvana feel that so many bands try to emulate. The difference though, between them, and ‘The Idle Silence’, is TIS understand that not everything has to be on 10 for a song to give you that in your face feel. A singer doesn’t have to emulate the raspy nature of Kurt Cobain to give you the next great Grunge/Punk smash hit. Which, by the way, this could easily be!
After about a minute into the track, it takes this unexpected and exciting turn! The slow tempo guitar stops for a second and turns into this fast descending riff, that makes way for the chorus where things take another gear. The drums start getting faster and louder as you can feel something building. Suddenly the chorus is being almost chanted at you in a style very similar to The Ramones. Really energetic, fast and a chorus that would definitely create a huge mosh pit at a live gig.
The band have also done a brilliant job of taking us, the listener, on a journey with them. The highs and lows keep you on your feet and wondering what’s going to happen next. A bit like a rollercoaster; It’s fun, free and unpredictable, and above all, thrilling.
I’ll leave you with these thoughts. The Nineties was the pinnacle for music like this! So many artists these days try to replicate that feeling, that sound which has the ability to make you feel like you’ve been teleported back to that magical decade. But in the end, it just sounds a bit fake. ‘Dark Matter’ doesn’t fool you into thinking you’re back in the fields of Reading & Leeds festival waiting for that hot up and coming band to come on stage and play the songs that you can go crazy for. However for 5 minutes of Idle Silence’s latest release, they genuinely made me feel like I was in 1993 rather than 2023. It felt fresh, fun and full of attitude!
Great work guys. We can’t wait to hear what you have coming next! 4/5
Jack Saunders - 27th February 2023
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network