James 'Ched' Cheeseman - guitar / vocals
Stephen Boulter - drums
Wikipedia defines Silent Mode as ‘…a setting available on mobile phones and pagers that, when activated, disables the ringtones and, in some cases, also the vibrating alerts or alarm.’ Well, this two-piece band has arrived to challenge these perceptions.
“Silent Mode ain’t so silent, so prepare to have your ears blown away!” - Paul Daly Venues
Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, a two piece band…called Silent Mode. Bound to be quiet, right? WRONG. Hailing from Farnborough, Hampshire this group have gone about making a name for themselves as a thunderous duo, whose bone- crushing riffs have contributed to soaring numbers being admitted to A + E. Fortunately, both members are tax-paying citizens who are proud to fund the NHS. These members of course being James 'Ched' Cheeseman (guitar/vocals) and Stephen Boulter (drums).
The howling sound of desert / astro rock that emits from these two is all the more impressive when you discover that there is no known desert in the Farnborough area. In fact, such confusion meant as word spread the public misheard the genre as ‘dessert rock’. This was all well and good until crowds began to arrive at gigs post-dinner complete with spoons. Instead of profiteroles they were treated to drum rolls, and the lack of cheesecake was compensated by Cheeseman. Upon seeing Silent Mode, these crowds had their faces melted (as well as their ice cream).
You may be mistaken for fearing another two-piece rock band that want to be The White Stripes. Following numerous cease and desist letters from the aforementioned Stripes, this is no longer the case. Instead this much loved UK double act (no not bloody Ant and Dec) have been busy polishing their volcanic sound, and spewing molten rock alongside bands such as Plague Vendor, Surf Dads, Voodoo Vegas, Pretty Addicted and Morasses of Molasses.
Gazing into the (metaphorical) crystal ball, there is much more to come from this vociferous duo. Expect to hear their distinct sound reverberating further than ever before. Expect ear-splitting new material to penetrate you with consent. Expect vigorous live performances in new, unexplored territories. But most of all, expect the unexpected.
Written by Sean Matthews | February 2017