Dublin art-rock quintet Silverbacks have returned with a new single, ‘Wear My Medal’. The track marks the band’s first for new label home Full Time Hobby and their first new music since their debut album, last year’s Fad. It’s accompanied by a music video directed by Lauren Gregory, which you can watch below.
‘Wear My Medal’ finds bassist Emma Hanlon taking the lead vocal. “We always set out while demoing to write ‘Emma Songs’ — songs that we think will specifically work for Emma’s vocals,” Daniel O’Kelly explained in a press release. “We were quite a ways through the latest batch before we realized we hadn’t gotten any Emma Songs down so herself and Kilian got to work.”
“The band gave me complete creative license, so I really got to let my imagination run wild,” Gregory added of the video. “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 Muhammad 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.”