Saturday, 23 July 2022

The Silent Comedy + Forest Ray at Spanish Ballroom

Doors at 6, Show at 7

$18 advance, $20 day of show

All ages welcome

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About The Silent Comedy

Rock infused Americana

The Silent Comedy

Rough-hewn, expansive American rock & roll, the music of The Silent Comedy channels the blues, Honky- Tonk, and punk into a euphoric declaration that, when trouble arises, we lift our voices high. The brothers Zimmerman spent their formative years traveling the world with missionary parents. The family returned to the U.S. and wandered before settling in San Diego, California, in a house bare to the bones apart from an upright piano. In search of catharsis, the teens found solace in songwriting.

Soon enough that songwriting became a pile of songs, and the call of the stage became too much to ignore. The young band proved capable of throwing wild, raucous shows and word began to spread. This led to years of touring, performing with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford and Sons, Arctic Monkeys, and Vampire Weekend, as well as gracing stages at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Kaaboo, Summer Meltdown and more.

The band recorded and self-released a series of albums for their growing fan base: Sunset Stables (2007), The Silent Comedy EP (2008), Common Faults (2010), and the Cruelty & Clemency EP (2011). Their reputation continued to grow, and soon the brothers’ music had sold hundreds of thousands of copies and been streamed in the millions, despite no label support. Studio collaborations with Kris Kristofferson and members of Dave Matthews Band followed.

Still, the brothers weren’t fully satisfied. They had yet to capture the elusive, incorporeal magic of their live show on tape. They found the answer in Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Jet, The Darkness). The resulting studio sessions led to a body of work that includes the EP Friends Divide and LP Enemies Multiply.

While their lyrics are often focused on the darker side of humanity, they also bring catharsis and comfort to people who find themselves in difficult times. After a hiatus, The Silent Comedy is ready once again to bring their medicine to the masses. Writing and recording, cracking knuckles and shining up the live show. the music of The Silent Comedy has always served their fans – and the band themselves - as a source of comfort in the face of uncertainty, chaos, and despair. “If our music continues to have that effect on people, then we will be here, making more of it.” says Joshua. “Dark songs for dark days.” 



About Forest Ray

Forest Ray

Forest Ray experiments in the analog and psychedelic, combining guitar driven psych rock with elements of raw synth-laced post-punk, Americana, garage and organ-laden pop. Following in the footsteps of Pacific Northwest greats from The Sonics to The Kingsmen, Forest Ray brings a new spin to the classic garage lineup but with the same youthful punk spirit. The songs regularly feature flute and vibraphone which have become staples of the group's brand of psych. Their uninhibited performances and analog recording process have bred dark, nostalgic and intimate recordings that almost feel as if they’ve come from another era.

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