There's a new musical powerhouse being unleashed, and it's in the form of duos. While bands with six-plus members are on the rise, there's a veritable contender taking front stage. Long friendships appear to be a recipe for musical prowess, from the Rhythm and Blues of Barrere & Cole, to the experimental depths of Lore City and now, the pure Rock of SacredSilver – two really is the magic number.
This is one musical partnership that is really giving long-distance a run for its money. With their new debut single 'Solitary' due for release on Friday 5 December (EST) and the band launching on the same day. It is a pretty exciting time for these 'dab hands' of the rock scene.
Question: I can see both you and John have a strong legacy in music. From YouTube clips, to your current Facebook pages and 80's and 90's photos … you gotta love the Internet! Tell me what brought this project 'SacredSilver' together and why you are buzzed about releasing it to audiences?
Brian:John and I have been friends forever, and have had a great time creating music together and playing together in the past. He is just an amazing musician and person as a whole. So when the chance to get together on this project came up of course I was excited and jumped on-board. Yes, the Internet and studio programs etc. made this all possible from a long distance (we are both from the same town but now live 1200 miles apart NB: this is 1,931km for Australian audiences) it has been great working together on these songs and getting better. It's just fun watching it evolve and grow. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work together again and I'm stoked about the direction.
John: I've never taken a moment to review my life or actions from the rear view mirror perspective of a legacy. SacredSilver for me was the opportunity to share the creative experience and friendship of Brian and I with anyone who was comfortable enough to sit and share the journey. Almost like hitching a ride with us on a trip to wherever the magic bus may lead us. The experience is honest, without apology for our shortcomings. You're welcome to stay as long as you like, and if you find the company wearisome, we can pull the bus over for you to catch the next ride.
Question: Where exactly are you based and how do you both know each other? Will there be other musicians involved in this project [you mentioned you are the 'primary' musicians] and what's the scene like for this style of music? I am gathering you have a strong fan base from the Raggedy Ann days.
John: I am based in Fort Myers Fl. Brian and I have known each other since high school. We worked together some years after in a recording project that led to me playing in Raggedy Ann with Brian. We draw on the talents of other musicians in each of our locations, to fill the recording and musician needs to finish the material we collaborate on. From being a performer over the years, you have the good fortune of meeting a wide variety of people from all walks of life, which is a rich base for lasting friendships. These friendships are reflected in the support that we are blessed with.
Question: Speaking of which, I can see Raggedy Ann is playing a benefit on Saturday 6 December. Will you still perform with both bands and how much of a shift is Sacred Silver from Raggedy Ann [in terms of music, composition, songwriting etc.]?
Brian:SacredSilver is a studio project at this point, and a long distance one at that, so we will not be playing live in the near future. John is in a very successful band in Florida named A200 and I am still the singer for Raggedy Ann in Michigan. We have both had the good fortune of playing with great musicians and friends from all over the country, and hopefully that will never change.
Question: With the first song due for release, will you be looking to be out there gigging, doing a local tour ... what will the first half of 2015 hold for SacredSilver and where would you like to see this project head?
John: I'm looking forward to writing and recording more music with Brian. From there we will see where SacredSilver leads us and enjoy any chance to support it in its development.
Question: You've got a pretty ripping voice Brian, and John's guitar playing is nothing short of mesmerizing. How long have you both been doing your thing for, what have your loves and challenges been so far, and with so much rich history, what do you think you are bringing to the table (or stage!) now, knowing what you do?
Brian: It's been a great ride, I would say that as a musician as with anything, you progress and evolve. I have been so lucky to have years of experience with great players and I have learned so much. I know this is the same with John. When you get to the point that you're comfortable enough to jump up anywhere and go for it, that's what its about. You know it when you see it/hear it.
I'd say what we bring to the table is seasoning.
John: Music has a way of intoxicating you. At age 14, I started playing guitar. Almost four decades later I still feel the same sense of awe and passion as then. The biggest challenge has always been to keep the fires burning. Feeding the love of playing music, the time, energy and resources to keep it alive and present in your life. With the experience of the time spent, you refine the eloquence of your musical voice and represent what you can of the human condition. Hoping that others can find it worthy of an experience to share.