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Progression: 1986 - 1991

by the Silent Boys

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This CD is our 'best of the early years' compilation album. It comes in a jewel case with graphic artwork and liner notes describing the history and evolution of the band, it's members and it's music style.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Progression: 1986 - 1991 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Searching for a new sound. We won't be held to the ground. When skies were clear and feelings aspired, Our hearts struck a chord and we were totally wired. We're no band from heaven.
Happy Now 01:29
Scream 02:53
Country Punk 01:23
Remember 02:05
Starry Skies 01:50
Batman 02:27
Saturday 01:58
Shot! 02:43
Leningrad 03:12
Eternity 04:46
India 03:04
I'm So Still 02:45
My Hometown 03:44
People change like the weather. There's a storm in your eye. Don't listen to the weatherman because he can't make you a promise. He can't make you a promise girl. He can't make you a promise. He can make you come unnerved on this dreary day. You are my best friend. You are my best friend. People change like the weather. There's a lightness in your voice. Kind words are like the sun's bold rays and I can feel their heat. I can feel their precious warmth, feel their glow on my face. People change like the weather. People change like the weather. You are my best friend. You are my best friend. People change like the weather. People change like the weather. I can see far from here now. I can see far from here now.


23 tracks of smart and slightly rough guitar pop compiled from the Silent Boys' 80s recordings. Inspired by Creation Records, C-86, Brit post-punk, NZ ethereal pop, and The Feelies.


released January 1, 2009

80s fanzines had a bad attitude about Anglophile bands, but that was xenophobia, as this collection reminds. This Virginia band has released their albums this decade, but Progression reveals they were inspired bastard children of Brit post-punk, C-86 jangle-guitar, and New Zealand ethereal pop back in those halcyon days. Heard now, the nascent 'Boys are roughly like Joy Division and early Cure backing Lawrence in Felt (apparently with a key assist from our Feelies), and the opening "Band From Heaven" reverently refers to the Fall's classic 1979 7" "Totally Wired." There's resemblance, too, to the Liverpool explosion (Bunnymen, Wah, Teardrop Explodes) and early Creation Records bands, with singer Wallace Dietz retaining some of the icy semi-detached bravura of those bands. This is fun while a new fourth LP, Princess By the Sea, looms. (Jack Rabid)

Originally formed in the 1980s, The Silent Boys reformed in 1999 and have since released three new albums (Beauty Tips, Wishing Well Eyes, One Step Closer). This CD collects some of the band's best tracks from their early days. Some of the low fidelity pop cuts on this album bear a slight resemblance to The Television Personalities...while others sound just like what they are: lost garage pop nuggets from the past. The sparse sounds on this album are probably too peculiar for the casual listener, as the guys in The Silent Boys were (and probably still are) playing for a very select audience. There's a lot to take in here...23 tracks of smart and slightly rough guitar pop. The more you listen to this band's music...the more it grows on you. Our favorite tracks include "Band From Heaven," "Scream," "Black and White," "India," and "Dreaming Away." (Rating: 5/6)

I had no idea that Virginian Wallace Dietz (who IS The Silent Boys) has been perfecting his craft for over two decades. I first heard about the band from the indiepop list and Wallace was nice enough to send me a few of his previous releases (them being 2007’s ONE STEP CLOSER, 2006’s WISHING WELL EYES and 2004’s, BEAUTY TIPS). This, as the title implies, is an odds and sods collection spanning those 5 years in the late 80’s and into the 90’s. There’s 23 songs in all and there’s some interesting liners where Wallace describes the comings and goings of his life when the songs were recorded. The songs definitely sound of another time, a handful of the tracks, like “Scream” and “Plastic Cowboy” sound like they could have been recorded for the Factory label (some Joy Division influence there an even a big New Order influence on the opening cut, “Band from Heaven”) while others are janglier and bear more of a Feelies influences (“See You Later”, “I Wanted To See You”, etc.) and plenty of C86 and Sarah Records moments creep in as well. The band is more than the sum of its influences, however, and if you like any or all of the bands mentioned here then this will be a most pleasant surprise. (Tim Hinely)

>>>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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