Robert Stevenson (vocals, keys and guitar) and Spencer Walker (drums) formed A Silent Film in Oxford, England, eight years ago. They quickly earned comparisons to bands like Coldplay, Keane and the Killers with their 2008 debut release, The City That Sleeps (stream it below), filled with arena-ready anthems. Sand & Snow (stream it below) followed in 2012, and A Silent Film (above, performing “Something to Believe In” for Jam in the Van) released their third studio full-length, a self-titled LP (stream it below), last year. “It’s hard to pinpoint the strongest aspect of A Silent Film, because there are many elements at work that make this album as strong as it is,” raved the Prelude Press. Now touring the U.S. the English duo plays Rough Trade NYC on Wednesday and then hits Mercury Lounge on Friday night. Gibbz opens both shows.
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Robert Stevenson (vocals, piano and guitar) and Spencer Walker (drums) formed the alternative English band A Silent Film (above, doing “Something to Believe In” for Jam in the Van) 10 years ago in Oxford with three other musicians who have since moved on to other projects. But their arena-ready sound—which has earned them comparisons to the likes of Coldplay and Travis—remains. Stevenson and Walker have been busy this year, first putting out the EP New Year (stream it below) in April and returning with their third full-length, a self-titled affair (stream it below), two weeks ago, which AXS calls “a bright glimmer of power, a brilliantly crafted, edgy, in-your-face gold mine of pop.” Out on the road in support of their new music, A Silent Film play The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday and Rough Trade NYC next Friday. Charlotte, N.C., duo Flagship open both shows.