Interview | Introducing…Little Silver

It must have been, oooh, hours now since we last discovered a new band from Brooklyn. Next off the production line are Little Silver, a husband-and-wife pairing who have recently released an EP of covers, Dress Up. Normally we tag a stream on to the bottom of these interviews, but why not press play right now before reading our chat with Erika.

Hello, please introduce yourself to yourself and your music to the uninitiated.

Our music with our band is all out rock-n-roll, when it’s just the two of us, as it was on our most recent tour of the west coast, it’s I suppose an indie-folk blend – two voices, acoustic and electric guitar. And unlike any other band I’ve been in, people don’t seem to compare us to anyone!

How did you start playing music?

I’ve been singing ever since I can remember. Three years old and I never stopped. I picked up the guitar when I was 22 to play rhythm guitar in my first band. I was terrible, but they were good enough to mostly hide me. Steve bumped around on a bunch of instruments as a kid and took to guitar as a 12 year old. He can really rip, as you may have noticed.

Tell us about your latest EP.

We wanted to make a record of some songs we love, cover songs – we play a lot of music in our apartment and with friends, and these are some of the songs that we come back to a lot and wanted to dress DOWN, a little. It’s funny that we called it Dress Up, since they were all recorded in one take, the exception being The Speedies’ song “Let Me Take Your Photo”, which was all multi-tracked, full band.

What was your best ever gig?

Hard for me to say, but I think our Dress Up CD Release at Sycamore in Brooklyn was the best ever. Such an intimate and gorgeous venue, seats only about 50 ppl on church pews. Plus, we dressed up so we looked good!

What’s the worst thing about being a musician?

Paying through the nose for our own health care in the US of A!

What inspires you?

Lots of things. Nature. Music. Photography – finding the beauty, or the moment, in what’s around you. People making art or inventing stuff, the latter of which I’ve never done.

If you won a billion pounds what would you do with it?

Holy crap! Tell me it’s true! I think we’d buy a house in our dear Brooklyn. One so our daughter would have a room and we’d have a music room. I would love to be able to really fund organizations that I think
are doing great work – Catskill Mountain Keepers, the Food Bank for NYC, supporters of a NYS Health Freedom Bill…

Out of your songs, which is your favourite and why?

Well, I love “Sleep Til Morning” because I always get into a perfect zone when we play it… it takes over and it’s not something I’m doing, but just is happening to me.

What are you plans for the future? Do you want to always to be playing music?

Absolutely. It’s what makes us happy.

Finally, we’re always looking to expand our musical horizons. Do you have any recommendations of bands or artists we should be looking out for?

Moore & SonsHoldouts, The Inner BanksWild, YellowbirdsThe Color — all fabulous records to come out of basements and bedrooms of Brooklyn in the past year or so.

You can snag a free download of Little Silver’s Sun Kil Moon cover ‘Salvador Sanchez’ by right-clicking and saving here.