American Excess

American Excess

by Silvertide


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American Excess

In 2001 and 2002, the Philadelphia rock scene had many of the things that rock scenes in other cities had -- confessional emocore bands, angst-ridden rap-metallers, post-grunge Creed disciples, and introspective singer/songwriters. There were also bands playing '70s and '80s rock, but in many cases, they were cover bands whose members were 30 and over. So imagine how surprised Philadelphians were when several local youths in their teens and early twenties came along with a sound that was firmly planted in rock's baby boomer era. All five members of Silvertide (formerly Vertigo) were in their teens when, in 2002, they recorded their debut EP, American Excess, for J Records, but they sound like they're totally oblivious to the tastes of their peers. There are no traces of alternative rock or hip-hop on this disc; Silvertide doesn't sound anything like Limp Bizkit or Korn any more than they sound like Pearl Jam, Creed, or Default. Instead, the songs on this EP are unapologetically retro, and Silvertide specializes in the sort of gritty, dirty, bluesy, riff-oriented hard rock that was huge in the '70s and '80s. Their obvious influences include Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Black Crowes, and Guns N' Roses -- in other words, boomer bands whose members or ex-members are old enough to be their parents (or even their grandparents). And the Philly residents are impressively good at what they do; Silvertide originals like "Beware" and "Mary Jane" aren't the least bit groundbreaking, but they're inspired, passionate, and heartfelt. If American Excess is an example of musical recycling, it's a very enjoyable example. Fans of classic hard rock will find a lot to admire about this solid and promising, if derivative, debut.

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Release Date: 03/18/2003
Label: J-Records
UPC: 0808132121729
catalogNumber: 21217
Rank: 237153

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American Excess 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't actually own the EP, however, I did get a chance to see them recently when they opened for Fuel in Providence, RI and they were very good live. The set was tight and they have the live performance side of things down for a relatively young act. Can't wait to hear more from Silvertide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best Band out of Philly EVER! Silvertide's american excess ep is an amazing teaser for their future album it is a must buy!! they my truely bring back the 70's rock music scene
Guest More than 1 year ago
Silvertide is just balls the the wall rock and roll or 70's heavy metal. the musician ship of this EP is amazing Walt can wail like many of the great vocalist of all time, Nick never cease's to amazing with killer riffs and solo's, This EP is a classic work in the making. the cd is full of energy and meaning. Lyricly it is very strong as well. THIS IS CLASSIC ROCKS REVIVAL!!!! get a copy of american excess if you don't have one already peace isaac
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is it the return of rock and roll, Silvertide is an amazing high energy group picking up where the 70's left off in the rock n roll world, American Excess is a great ablum that is a lot like something buckcherry or the black crowes would have put out. The Musician ship and Vocals skills are great Mary Jane is great!! This is a must have prelude to their future album
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great EP from Silvertide. It includes my favorite song from the Show & Tell album, "Mary Jayne," as well as another strong song "To See Where I Hide." But the real reason to buy this one is to get the second track "Beware," which wasn't included on the album. This is another great song, but they had to cut something from the album, and this song was it. This is a MUST for any hardcore fan, but the EP is also a nice starting point if you haven't heard Silvertide and want to give the band a chance without paying the full album price. Either way, you won't be disappointed!