Cardiff’s Silent Forum has been on our radars ever since the release of their first single, “How I Faked the Moon Landing”, back in August. Defining itself as an insightful track blending new wave dance-ability with purpose, the quartet’s Richard Wiggins (vocals), Oli Richards (bass, vocals), Dario Ordi (guitar), and Elliot Samphier (drums) have crafted a staggering sound reminiscent of The Wedding Present and Joy Division combined with a vast soundscape and bold intelligence in their upcoming debut album.
Utilizing friend Jaydon Martin to record and produce their music video for their second single, “Robot”, the band takes a leap into a more upbeat and infectious post-punk accessibility paired alongside colorful and playful visuals. With costumes and oversized paper-mâché crafted heads that look to take inspiration from Frank Sidebottom, their track conjures the irony of living day to day for a dreary 9-to-5 job while still incorporating an element of humor. Silent Forum’s tongue in cheek lyrics “I feel a shortage of high pressure in my life/ I need the office chair marks itself as a character piece of a frazzled worker against an energetic backdrop. While “How I Faked the Moon Landing” holds a more perceptive and interesting scope in both its lyrics and instrumentation, “Robot” still proves that the band can hold their own with irresistible hooks and utter originality.
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