Marblehead, Ohio’s Silent Hearts have soul, but they are not keeping quiet. No, the band are using their sonic platform as a means to provide hope for the hopeless. Formed in 2017, the Alternative Rock quintet already collectively possess decades of experience in music business, performance, and production, and they are putting their individual skills to good use in the name of Rock-n-Roll.
So, what makes Silent Hearts — Vocalist Ben Pusateri, Guitarists David Gast and Dylan Kendrick, Bassist David Dixon, and Drummer Michael Drum — tick? According to their Facebook, they draw a myriad of influences from across the board — including the likes of The Used, Bring Me the Horizon, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, and Starset, to name just a few. This being a truly killer list of muses, it almost seems guaranteed that this is a band who are built for greatness, right?
On their debut 2018 EP, Love||War, the boys presented a 7-song collection of sincere and fully relatable tracks that run the gamut of melodic Hard Rock with Alternative crunch seated alongside infectiously hopeful lyrics. Here, the catchy melodies of “Sing” weave an anthemic offering, while “Better Days” incorporates frustrated growls and heavier rhythms to formulate a darker vibe that still seeks the light. This heavier rocking bleeds into “Best of Me” and the infectious “Love Is War,” leading the quintet into the call to arms of gritty “Rise Up.” Meanwhile, the slower, atmospheric tones of “Take Away the Pain” provide a breather before the EP’s conclusion, a reimagining of “Love Is War.” For this farewell, these Midwestern boys break out their acoustics to prove that it’s not all smoke and mirrors: they can still very much rock when unplugged.
But their latest, 2019 singles “Stranger” (which has an awesome accompanying video) and “Remember Me,” show an immense development in the band’s sound. For the pair of tracks, Silent Hearts have collaborated alongside Nick Sampson (Born of Osiris, We Came As Romans) and Max Klein, as well as Andrew Baylis (Nine Shrines, Sylar). The end result is a refinement to their sound, one that sees the quintet quickly evolving their blend of soaring melodies alongside those wonderfully crunchy riffs; making them wonderfully, magically heavier.
So, where do Silent Hearts fit on the spectrum? Well, their brand of melodic, infectious Rock would fit perfectly into a Vans Warped Tour lineup or an Active Rock festival. If you need more, we suppose it could be said that Silent Hearts would also fit perfectly alongside bands such as Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin and Skillet, or, even such eclectic acts as The World Alive and Australia’s Hands Like Houses. Whatever the case, they are getting harder, crunchier, and even more delicious with age, so keep your eyes peeled for big things from Ohio’s Silent Hearts!