INTERVIEW: THOMAS SILVER ON NEW SOLO ALBUM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with THOMAS SILVER, former Hardcore Superstar guitarist, who has released his masterpiece solo album THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS on November 23rd, 2018 via Volcano Records. We are catching up with Silver on the personal journey, influences, lyrical themes and inspirations behind this record together with his upcoming projects.
All photo credits go to Michele Aldenghi PH.
Right to use permitted by courtesy of Michele Aldenghi.
Hi Thomas, it’s awesome to have you here at SICK AND SOUND. Congrats for achieving a rock and roll masterpiece solo record. The Gospel According To Thomas was out on November 23rd, 2018 via Volcano Records. This is such a personal and intimate record, whose autobiographical features I would like to discuss with you in the following interview.
- You have more than two decades of music under your belt since your inception with Hardcore Superstar. In what measure has your sound progressed still staying true to passion along your long career? And how much have you changed though music as an individual?
First of all thank you for the kind words.
It’s a hard question to answer, my progression is not that huge actually. Of course starting to sing at my age is developing in a way but I am still the same person when it comes to music. For me music is a passion and individually I have changed a lot. It takes about ten years for your body to completely change, every cell is new in roughly ten years. And since my departure from HCSS I feel I am now a new human being.
It took some time but it was worth it. Never let age put out the fire of your inner child.
- Who is Thomas Silver outside of his music soundscape and world? Anything personal you’d fancy sharing with our readers.
Well, it’s the same Thomas in so many ways but outside the music I love to read, knowledge is power, remember.
I like to stay at home, sleep early and wake up very early. I love to be awake early in the mornings when everyone else is sleeping. I do all my best work and my head is on fire early mornings. After mid day I am completely empty of inspiration and it’s difficult for me to achieve anything productive. It’s a curse and a blessing at the same time.
- What were the most listened to albums and influences for the delivery of The Gospel According To Thomas?
That has to be Bauhaus and Peter Murphy’s solo albums. Disintegration by The Cure. The Lords of The New Church and of course David Bowie, always.
I am sort of fed up with the Glam/Sleaze rock scene. It has been watered out since a long time in my opinion. So many bands that is just image and no talent.
- I would love to explore in detail the lyrical themes chosen for the record and the mindset behind its title.
It’s about my life after leaving my former band, divorcing my wife and meeting the most wonderful girl in the world. It’s about the emotions that you go through in life after leaving something like a band you’ve been involved in for such a long time. It is also about my deep interest in occult literature and knowledge. But that is something I rarely speak about. It’s very, very personal.
So it’s my story. My gospel in a way.
- What kind of message serving as an inspiration for the generations to come, are you spreading with The Gospel According To Thomas?
Maybe its message is to follow your heart and not your brain. You see, your heart will never lie to you. Don’t trust words, trust vibes, people can tell you anything but vibes tell you everything. Some wise man once said; If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.
When it comes to music and/or playing an instrument the best inspirational words I have is practice. After that, practice some more.
- A few tracks. Single D-DAY, for which a video has been released. Let’s discuss the inspiration for its footage in Florence and the homage it pays to legendary Lindsay Kemp.
It was the director Andrea Poli Dirolan who made the beautiful moment with Lindsay happen. He had worked with him before and he played him D-Day, I thank my lucky star for the fact that he liked it a lot and agreed to participate in the video.
It’s a huge thing for me personally to have met and to become friends with Lindsay.
He was a wonderful person with a big heart and a great sense of humor. We sang a song together and we talked about recording something together. But unfortunately he passed away very close after the video was made. He is truly missed.
The idea of shooting it in Florence was obvious. It’s the most beautiful city in the world and the home town of director Andrea.
- Track Bury The Past. It’s been selected as a lead single for the record. So in what measure does it represent the whole record as such?
I felt it was in the title and the lyrics, such a good statement after my former history.
All of us have some ghosts in our closets, I decided to bring my ones out and have them with me by my side, as a reminder, only then can I as a person be reminded not to create any more ghosts.
- I would love to know more about All Those Crazy Dreams inspired by The Leather Nun. What’s the mindset behind picking this song for a cover?
I love this song. Truth is that Jonas wrote this for me way back in 2011 or 2012. We did a demo of it in the version that is on my album. Then later Kane and me wrote the additional parts together and we recorded it. I send it to Jonas and he loved it.
Then later when The Leather Nun recorded their album, they did their version of the song, which is more industrial and more heavy. Now when i come to think about it, it’s almost like the song All the young dudes, which Bowie wrote for Mott the Hoople and then later recorded himself. So I guess that’s the way to look at it. Jonas is still the songwriter of course, but it sure feels like my song.
- The Gospel According to Thomas has been co-written, recorded and produced by Kane Bennett. What kind of experience did you gain by working with him and what challenges have you faced, if any, while working on the record?
Let me just say that without Kane this album would never have been made.
He is such an amazing musician and songwriter, engineer and producer.
His talent stretches far above anyone I have ever met.
We actually didn’t have any challenges during this long process. That’s another thing that’s so great with the great man. He kinda makes all challenges disappear.
Some of my songs were only half finished when I came to Kane, he made them become complete songs in a way I could never had imagined. He made them alive.
- I would love you to share your experience with supporting members: Daniele Petri (bass), Luca Montegiove (guitar) and Luca Cetroni (drums).
These guys are just the best of friends and such a funny bunch. We laugh together all the time. They don’t play on the album unfortunately but they will play on the next. I recorded the album in Sweden with some local friends, but live I have an all Italian band now. They have become so close to me and I love them so much.
Cetroni is an incredibly good drummer and a really crazy guy, Montegiove is all I ever wished for in a guitar player, lots of soul in his playing, he is also a very clever guy.
Daniele Petri on bass is one of my best friends and I owe him a lot. He is extremely helpful and passionate. It’s thanks to him that my love for Italy has grown even more.
Daniele is also a bad ass bass player.
- As per your extensive live experience, what’s typically different between the European live audience as opposed to a US one?
I have only played the US a few times while still in Hardcore Superstar so I can’t really see a huge difference. People are people no matter where you are. It’s more as if it’s all the cultural differences in some countries that are the biggest difference.
- Would love you to share a couple of memorable/hilarious moments during your live or recording sessions of The Gospel According To Thomas.
What can I say, the whole recording process was a big laugh. All the guys are hilarious and we had so much fun. But part from being super creative one minute and burst into laughter the other nothing really special happened. I guess it did, all the time though, but i really can’t pick out one single moment.
Live is the same thing. You get into a specific mode and it’s like everything else is outside of you. We always have fun though.
- What thrilling anticipations can you share with our readers touching on upcoming shows and projects?
I can’t wait to take this out on tour. Hopefully we will play all over Europe and even Japan.
Then it’s time for another album I hope. I kind of did this album for my own sake so when all the fantastic reviews are coming in from all over the place it makes me very happy indeed. The fact that people actually like this album is for me such a great feeling.
Thank you for your time Thomas, it’s been such a honour to have you here. All the best for the promotion of The Gospel According To Thomas. We are longing for more music to be dropped and fully support you into Europe!
Circolo ACSI SUPERNOVA
A massive THANK YOU goes out to Giulia Di Pietro and Daniele Petri (Thomas Silver band/bass) of Circolo ACSI Supernova di Tuoro Sul Trasimeno (PG) for their partnership and collaboration in this interview. SICK AND SOUND highly recommends Supernova live club for supporting amazing mainstream and underground music and the top notch quality of their live schedule.
Michele Aldenghi Photographer
A massive THANK YOU also goes out to pro music and wildlife photographer Michele Aldenghi for providing the right to use his black and white shots about Thomas Silver in this interview.