"[Silent Era] play a distinct, high-energy take on moody, but melodic classic hardcore punk with occasional guitar elements that recall the new wave of British heavy metal and ominously dark post-punk aesthetics" --Jen Dan, BIG TAKEOVER
"Oakland band Silent Era's sound is a killer mix of classic hardcore and NWOBHM. On their new LP "Rotate the Mirror", they're especially urgent and anthemic" --BANDCAMP 'New and Notable', 9/1/20
***Full album premiere on BIG TAKEOVER
***Second single premiere on NO ECHO -
***First single premiere on THE FIRE NOTE - thefirenote.com/2020/07/24/track-premiere-silent-era-rotate-the-mirror/
One of the Oakland/San Francisco scene’s most beloved current bands (and long a part of the Nervous Intent Records family), SILENT ERA plays a distinct, high energy take on moody, darkly-melodic hardcore punk with a tasteful nod to the best of NWOBHM in the guitar work. Since 2014, they have played up and down the west coast a handful of times, as well as a six-week European tour in 2018. Building strongly on their prior tape, EP and LP, the title track from their new album Rotate The Mirror continues Silent Era's tradition of ‘80s Norweigan hardcore-inspired stories and soulfully sung vocals. The band doesn’t fit neatly into the hashtag subgenres of the DIY punk scene, but their variety of classic hardcore and punk influences both fit in and stand out on any bill or playlist.
The name Silent Era came from vocalist Michelle (ex-BRILLIANT COLORS, THE SLITS) having never sung in a band before, she was always holding a guitar or bass, so the “silent” era ended for her upon becoming a frontperson – a role in which she excelled, and provided a powerful presence that brought the band to a new level. Silent Era’s lyrics address political situations from mental health care, anti-racism, community, and consent, to anti-war feminism and standing up for oneself.
Featuring former members of DESKONCIDOS, SACRED SHOCK, NEON PISS, and THE GRUMPIES.
"Upbeat, fast and moody political punk from the Bay Area...Silent Era's music heavily reminds us of the late eighties sound we really dig and that is the melodic side of UK hardcore and greats such as HDQ, Sofa Head and Instigators, as well as bands like Poland's Post Regiment."--Doomtown
"Their approach for writing songs is definitely too fast to be called post-punk, but the chorus-aden guitars and dark, melodic vocals could appeal to fans of that particular genre, whilst it's also too melodic to be filed under straight up hardcore punk." --Teenage Lobotomies
FFO: Gorilla Angreb, Zounds!, Post-Regiment, La Faction, early Terrible Feelings
released September 15, 2020