This is kind of a strange story for the Oxford based band A Silent Film who released their debut album The City That Sleeps in the UK a year ago to great acclaim.
The album was supported by BBC’s Steve Lamacq and XFM’s John Kennedy, some of the best DJ’s to have fighting your corner, and A Silent Film were handpicked to appear at Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing stage.
The UK release was followed by a release and tour in Portugal where A Silent Film quickly gained support with Portuguese daytime radio and after only a matter of weeks the band had a Number 1 Download single with ‘You Will Leave a Mark’ (beating Leona Lewis, Coldplay and The Script) to the top spot) with the album following suit.
The success of the single and album raised the band’s profile in Portugal to star status and resulted in the band being booked to play major festivals including Lisbon’s Optimus Alive festival alongside Metallica.
A Silent Film’s popularity soon resonated to the US where they picked up a licensing deal and released ‘The City That Sleeps’. The band are currently riding high on US radio with ‘You Will Leave A Mark’ being the most requested song on KROQ following its success as a iTunes Discovery Download.
Despite, or more possibly because of the success particularly in Portugal, The City That Sleeps appears to have somehow been lost to the UK , but that is about to be rectified when Xtra Mile Recordings re-release the album with the addiotion of two brand new tracks on November 1st.
The two brand new tracks Driven by their Beating Hearts and Firefly in my Window have been proving highlights in the band recent performances abroad. The album (and additional recordings) is produced by Sam Williams (Plan B, The Noisettes).
The City That Sleeps is a topically diverse magnum opus of contemporary narrative, covering everything from love, loss and the human condition to racial divides and the anguish of war in modern society. An emotionally driven, genre-defying masterpiece to invigorate the senses and reiterate the importance of individualism that many have sadly forgotten.
The City That Sleeps is released on 1st November as a CD and download through Xtra Mile Recordings
For more information visit the A Silent Film MySpace.