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Silverbacks sign to Full Time Hobby; release new single ‘Wear My Medals’

Silverbacks sign to Full Time Hobby; release new single ‘Wear My Medals’

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The Irish five-pieceart-rock band Silverbacks have signed to Full Time Hobby for the release of their next album, the followup to 2020’s Fad.

To coincide with the news, and upcoming gigs, a new song ‘Wear My Medals’ along with a video by Lauren Gregory is out today.

The song features lead vocals fromEmma Hanlon and is typical of the band’s fizzy guitar rock music, with Hanlon’s sweet vocals smudging the line of art-rock nicely.

“The demo for Wear My Medals came about last summer. Emma and I had recently started renting an overpriced granny flat in the Dublin suburbs and setting up to record demos pretty much took up the whole flat.


“We hadn’t been working on music as much as we would’ve liked and the band had been putting together plans for album 2 – we were missing ‘Emma songs’. There is a sports theme to the lyrics which Emma says is because we had watched a video discussing how much food Michael Phelps used to consume when training – “Dirty Phelps eats his gold eggs raw”. The “blowing kisses to my friends” and “an entrance that kills” makes Emma sound like she is the villain/heel in a wrestling match.


“This is something I thought was funny. There is something a little bit sinister about being told to wear someone else’s medals too. The chorus is kind of inspired by some of the vocal melodies you might hear in Cate Le Bon’s music – her album Reward had been on repeat. Another person’s music that was on repeat was Toro Y Moi – that’s why we eventually contacted Lauren Gregory to work on the video for us!”

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Lauren Gregory says of the video:

“The band gave me complete creative license, so I really got to let my imagination run wild.  For the swimming scenes, I took inspiration from the movie “A Philadelphia Story”, a scene in which Katherine Hepburn is swimming and climbing out of a pool. When I was working on the boxing scenes, I watched a lot of footage of Muhammed Ali warming up before fights, jumping and punching the air, and tried to emulate his movements. Out of everything, sculpting the hands playing bar chords on the guitar was the most fun.”

The band play Manchester Psych Festival this weekend and head back out on the road in October:

Silverbacks – Tour dates:


4th Sept – UK, Manchester Psych Festival
22nd Oct – IE, Dublin, The Grand Social
24th Oct – UK, Birmingham, The Hare & Hounds
25th Oct – UK, Glasgow, Hug & Pint
27th Oct – UK, Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
28th Oct – UK, London, The Victoria
29th Oct – UK, Southampton, Heartbreakers
30th Oct – UK, Bristol, The Crofters Rights