If you ask San Diegans to name some of the biggest local artists, no doubt a commonly named one would be the Silent Comedy. Last week, these SD natives ended their west coast tour here in their hometown. This social performance at the North Park Irenic, marked the 5 year anniversary of the release of their biggest album, Common Faults, which they performed in it’s entirety.
Founded by brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman, the band put out their first album, Sunset Stables back in 2007. With a few lineup changes, the Silent Comedy has finally settled with Chad Lee on the drums, and Justin Buchanan on a variety of other instruments. They’ve managed to land their music on tv spots and the video game Dark Souls.
The Irenic was more crowded than I had ever seen it. It was a home town welcome and an ode to the local boys’ success over the past years. Their music is a perfect fit for the area, a mix of rock and folk, described as a “whiskey fueled tent event.” The Zimmerman brothers both take over vocal duties, with Jeremiah rocking at the keyboard and Josh holding down center stage. Occasionally, Buchanan climbs the side of the stage to tower over the audience.
The band claps, and the audience claps along. While diverse in age, gender and everything else under the sun, they all know every word and get excited for those lesser played songs. The songs of the night were like a gritty Mumford and Sons, generally upbeat, with catchy hooks and hard hitting choruses. There are, however, a few stand outs, with the inclusion of a saxophone, and another turn to a more harmonic balladic styles with “Footnote” and “Tightrope.”
The Silent Comedy are a gem of the local music scene. While they have done well on the west coast, they are still to many probably one of the best bands you’ve never heard.