Having had this band recommended to me, receiving an email from BMG with a sound snippet and then stumbling upon a lonesome copy of this EP I decided that it was fate and took the poor little blighter home with me. A little care and gentle warmth from the laser on my CD player soon coerced the disc into action.
Opening with 'Mary Jane' we're in swaggering rock territory where the bass and drums fuse a powerful beat and the guitars strut around like they own the place. Within the first few bars you can visualise Silvertide on stage. This band just HAS to have stage presence, you can feel it emanating from every note. My CD player is even starting to sweat. There's a touch of Black Crowes about them with maybe a little Powderfinger at their heaviest, at times a remembrance of Little Angels sneaks into my mind.
I'm not sure exactly what a 'Foxhole Jesus Christ' is but I am sue this is great rock song. The wonderful bass line descends, climbs again and tap dances around your head as the guitar ork is pure over-indulgence, which is just what the song calls for.
'Devil's Daughter' is the kind of song God created Rock n Roll for. It's got cowbell, chugging guitar riffs and then the awesome chorus consisting of a fantastic vocal and the superb "I went to bed with an angel, at least that's what she said but as she tore off that dress Lord I must confess, I got the Devil's Daughter in my bed". Well I'm sorry but how rock and roll do you want to be. This song will make you want to front your own leather wearing, hip swaying, sweating rock behemoth of a band.
'California Rain' closes things off nicely with it's neat chord change for the bridge and rich harmonies. Catchy and powerful, if Silvertide are this enigmatic on CD then I look forward to seeing them live. One of those great little finds that makes you glad you gambled. If you can find a copy buy it and treasure it.