The Official Site of The Silent Boys
Review, October 2010:
Having been recorded in 1999, it has taken over 10 years for
these songs to finally be released, but it is no surprise in
the world of the Silent Boys as everything seems to have
happened slowly for this underrated American band.
back in the 80s by songwriter Wallace Dietz it took the band
until 2004 to finally unveil a great debut CD (‘Beauty Tips’)
that paid homage to Dietz’s keen admiration for Indie-Pop
heroes such as the Chills, the Field Mice and the
Go-Betweens. This led to a fairly productive period with a
further 3 CDs being released before the decade was out.
songs that make up ‘Princess By The Sea’ are actually the
first fruits following a seven year hiatus for the band from
1991 to 1998 and are equally as good as those on ‘Beauty
Tips’. Whilst there is hint of the aforementioned bands
evident on the CD, it is actually a trio of little known
Manchester bands, the Desert Wolves, the Bodines and in
particular the Waltones that seem to colour the seven songs
From the moment the jangle of opening track
'Don’t Take Love For Granted' kicks in you are transported
back into the mid 1980’s and when, in the wake of The Smiths,
indie-pop bands sprung up in every provincial town offering
an escape from the over indulgent New Romantic bands that had
plagued the charts for too long.
'Don’t Wait Forever'
follows a similar lyrical slant about the trials and
tribulations of love, while 'Strawberries and Cream' manages
to veer between early the Brilliant Corners in the verses and
the Stone Roses in the chorus.
The title track, clocking in
at nearly six minutes, is a finely crafted closer that has a
sixties cinematic feel to it.
While bands like the Drums
have taken a box load of old Sarah Records singles to propel
them onto the pages of the 'NME' and the Pains Of Being Pure
At Heart have used the Wedding Present blueprint to become
the most talked about band in indie circles the world over,
the Silent Boys have been creating something equally exciting
to limited exposure. Right this wrong, people – buy this