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Beauty Tips

by the Silent Boys

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The artists' daughters appear on the cover, liner notes, and the CD itself. The disc is contained in a jewel case with lyrics printed on the insert.

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The Sandman 04:52
AM Radio 04:58
The Gift 04:49
Neil Young 06:50
For a lasting smile learn to laugh at yourself. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness to everyone. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people everywhere. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. (Chorus) People even more than things have to be restored, Renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. As you grow older, you will discover That you have two hands - One for heloping yourself, The other for helping others. For a lighter step, forgive others for their trespasses. For beautiful hair, let children run their fingers through it. For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone. For a glowing complexion, clip flowers for a friend. (Chorus)


Memorable and moody guitar pop highlighted by melodic and angular guitar lines. Hints of the Cure, the Smiths, the Felt, the Bats, New Order, Love Tractor, early REM and the icy vocals of Joy Division and the Chameleons.

"Beauty Tips" was named the #1 CD for the month of January 2004 on the Dagger Zine website (www.indiepages.com/dagger/topten.html).

"Beauty Tips" was selected as the "Tip of the Month" for February 2004 on the Tweenet website (www.twee.net).

This longtime Virginia band (featuring indie pop listee Wallace Dietz and the drumming talents of John Morand who used to work with Honor Role back in the late 80's) is quite talented but I think this might be their first ever release. This fits nicely inbetween the cold/ icy sounds of Joy Division or the Chameleons and the softer jangle of the Sarah Records bands (Field Mice, etc.). Wallace has his songwriting chops down and many of these songs are memorable from the first listen. I think "The Sandman" might be my fave but each of these 9 songs is something special ("AM Radio" is fantastic as well).
(Tim Hinely)

Self Help Radio, KOOP-Austin, 91.7 fm:
In reviewing this first full-length from these Virginian indiepoppers, it's hard not to make comparisons with certain bands - including the Felt, Echo & The Bunnymen, Go-Betweens, Field Mice - but not because the band are derivative, but because this band & those (among many other proto-indiepop bands of the 80's) are nearly blood-related - it's as if certain sounds of the 80's, trapped somewhere in space, had some melodious sex & this is one of their children, fallen to earth playing & singing like their parents.

I personally grew up on the same music as Silent Boys, &, if anything, bands like this remind you that, though much of commercial music has moved on to synthetic soul & the latest bubblegum slut, there's something real & pure in the longing of the jangly guitars, something warm & familiar in the la-la-la's, something that you didn't know was missing in music like this. I know, I'm an indiepop fiend, but I really love the Silent Boys' reverence, & if it's not always as peppy as I like my indiepop, it more than makes up for it by gloriously taking its time to have every song make the point they mean it to. Highly recommended. (Gary)

The Silent Boys are what I call a Jack Rabid band. Rabid is, of course, the proprietor of the great rock rag Big Takeover, which has long championed a certain strain of soaring, jangling guitar pop music-think Echo & the Bunnymen, the Chills, the Go-Betweens, even Teenage Fanclub. While you're at it, think the Silent Boys, who cleanly ring in a batch of imminently hummable pop tunes that nod to their forebears without trying on their clothes. "Shades of Blue," "The Gift" and the irresistibly ingratiating "Neil Young" ("I wish I was Neil Young/Then I'd play guitar/And smash up every chord") will find eager ears attached to fans who miss 80s college rock. Jack must love 'em, and that love is well-deserved. ( Michael Toland )


released January 1, 2004

Walrus Records

>>>Fans of the Silent Boys should take a listen to 2 other bands which include members of the Silent Boys....

STEAM TRAIN HEARTS steamtrainhearts.bandcamp.com
(alt rock, indie rock, folk rock)

THE SHATTERED HOPES theshatteredhopes.bandcamp.com
(punk rock, folk punk, political punk, garage)


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the Silent Boys Richmond, Virginia

The Silent Boys is an indie-pop band that has been silently playing and recording music for the past three decades.

Prior to their debut "Beauty Tips" CD, the Silent Boys released songs on various compilations including: Will There be Time for Tea (Morgan Leah), Seven Summers (Kindercore/Tweenet), and You Thought It Was the End of the World When the Rain Ruined Your Hair (Firestation Tower).
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