Nottingham-based rock band 2079’s latest offering is the high-tempo single Silence Isn’t Always Golden. 2079, made up of guitarist Kurt, frontman Malps, bassist Ryan and drummer Sam, describe themselves as “the modern wave of Rock’n’Roll music,” citing The Smiths, Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam as influences.
Silence Isn’t Always Golden is conflicting. Grappling with themes of mental illness, it is high tempo yet melancholic and hopeful yet despairing. Consoling a loved one (and the listener) through mental illness, frontman Malps guides the listener through the pain of depression and monotony, encouraging you to “think of why you fell in love in the first place.” The repetition of the line “you are not insane” drills this into the listener – a reminder to be unashamed and know “there’s no one here that can’t be saved.”
We are launched into heavy guitar riffs from the first note and the theme of melancholy from the first line – both verses begin with the lyric “when melancholy grips you.” Sonically Silence Isn’t Always Golden is harsh, angry and grungy, striking me as a song that needs to be performed live in a sweaty club. Lyrically it is hopefully sad and devoid of anger, evoking the heartbreaking melodies of The Smiths. This is what I like most about the song, it deals with such a heavy, and often solitary, topic but demands to be performed live. The lyric “there’s no one here that can’t be saved” is key, leading me to picture crowds going feral to the heavy rock music but finding solace and comfort in the lyrics.
Stream Silence Isn’t Always Golden now and follow 2079 on social media – streaming and social links can be found HERE on their linktree. Catch 2079 alongside Dog Tricks and The Tracy Addy Experience at The Robin Hood Pub (Sherwood) on 1st September 2022, organised by I’m Not From London.
Written by Anna Sykes