tolen Silver is the musical culmination of a decade-long friendship between songwriters Levi Britton and Dan Myers. It's a union that dates back to their days as roomates in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, one that entails a history as previous touring bandmates, collaborators, and, most importantly, singers. Their voices are instruments, effortless and vital to their mutual craft. On their self-titled EP co-produced with John Ovnik, their styles swerve along a spectrum that spans from Indie-Folk to Americana, from Pop-Rock to more explorative soundtrack moments where the spaces in the songs are equally important to their narrative, undoubtedly due to Myer's work as a film composer. This new chapter takes them into unfamiliar territory both in the studio and on the stage, where ideas are fresh and nothing is left unattempted. Their sound is quickly evolving, as is their lineup. Since their initial vision of a folk duo, they've expanded to a full six-piece assembly, a determined collection of seasoned multi-instrumentalists and drummers. Half the band resides in Chicago while the other hails from Traverse City, Michigan- a circumstance that forces them out on the road yet leaves plenty of room for both immediacy and intimacy to take shape.
Still in their first year, praise continues to build. Their hard work has already taken them to headlining bills at LA's Hotel Café and Chicago's renowned venues Hideout and Schubas, where they hosted a month-long residency in February. They've earned the seal of approval from WXRT and WLUW Radio, WGN-TV, UR Chicago, the Tribune's Red Eye, and they've released a video for their single "Carbon Copy" while recently popping up in the tastemaker blogosphere. Spots in the audience become harder to snag as they continue to weave fresh material into their live shows, and the next year sees Stolen Silver touring while recording follow-up material that stands to build the perfect acoustic facade while expertly demolishing it, rising in it's place a structure of challenging hooks, golden-layered harmonies, and a latticework of electric guitars, keyboard atmospheres and percussive textures that still wouldn't be out of place with where they've come from. It shouldn't be long before the rest of America gets to watch this happen.