‘The Silver Reserve’ is the name of the band. The band is a vehicle for the songs of Matthew Sturgess which are written on classical guitar before being taken to the other members to be transformed and take new shapes. Zebedee Budworth has always been there, since the songs were released as Rusty Bear and he generally plays keys now although he can play anything really. Xander Edwards provided extra instrumentation and has produced / mixed all of the songs. Ben Wall popped in to lend a mic a few years ago and has been around ever since adding electric guitar and sonics. Andy Wilder blessed us with his drumming on the recordings but is ably replaced by Sam Foster in the live outfit which also features the playing of Jack Chandler on bass.
‘The Silver Reserve’ have made one album and adhere to a DIY ethic writing, producing and releasing their music entirely independently, including design (with a little help from our friends on photography and this website). They are working on new recordings and since last year they have been presenting their songs live including playing support slots for Charlie Barnes, Jim Moir and Karl Blau.
The Silver Reserve’s eponymous debut album is a labour of love. A DIY effort recorded during a series of short, intensive recording sessions spread over a three-year period. The album captures both considered songwriting craft and the spontaneous, creative energy of musicians working instinctively in a recording setting. The band eschewed conventional studios to record in barns, outbuildings, bedrooms and garden sheds to create The Silver Reserve’s thirteen tracks, which cover eclectic musical ground: extended prog-folk suites, fuzzed-up garage-rockers, boy-girl duets, metronomic kraut-psych, sparse piano ballads and propulsive indie-rock sit amongst harmony-filled, folk-influenced moments. Despite this diversity, the album has tenderness at its core, the singer-songwriter providing the seed of each track from which each arrangement has grown. Hushed, folk-tinged vocals, tie the album together delivering intimacy even when the music is at its most expansive.
It was a delight to be asked to be part of this beautiful collaboration with Blair Coron and so many other musicians and singers (including Zoë Bestel whose music I have been enjoying greatly during lockdown). I met Blair when Zeb and I played support to him as part of his UK tour. It was special for a number of reasons, one being that it was Zeb's 30th birthday but it was also just a beautiful and intimate show with the audience huddled near the piano on stage and Blair's set was so wonderfully hushed I daren't take pictures at points for fear of intrusion with the shutter noise! This collaboration means a great deal to me - it's one of the only creative things I've managed during lockdown and it is a reminder for me that a large part of the joy of making and playing music is that shared experience - the interplay between audience and performer, the chance to take inspiration from others and just to meet others who care deeply about this thing we love. It feels good to be part of a thing again, and even though it cannot replace being in a room (beloved venues!) with people, sharing a space and creating an atmosphere together, it is something. #letthemusicplay Thank you, Blair and I hope you have a very happy birthday too. ... See MoreSee Less