Silent Theory
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Silent Theory

Moscow, Idaho, United States | INDIE

Moscow, Idaho, United States | INDIE
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"Moscow band crashes MTV"

Local band Silent Theory said regardless of growing up on the Palouse, they weren’t aware that a castle existed in their midst.

“I had no idea it was here,” lead singer Nick Osborn said.

The Salerno family, who own the castle, asked the band to appear on MTV’s, “Cribs” with them after MTV stumbled across their online ad and decided to do an episode, drummer Mitch Swanger said. The band said the description for the episode is ‘Spa room in a castle,’ and that it should be up and running online.

Toni and Adam Salerno have a stage area on the property where they host events such as dances and concerts, and because the band was from the area, the Salernos asked them to perform for part of the episode.

“We are forever in debt for everything they did for us,” Swanger said. “Toni even started up a Web site for us, and they took a bunch of pictures — it was great.”

Band members said they are on screen for a few seconds when the episode ends, and Swanger said his drum set is used as a pan shot a few times.

“The episode isn’t at all about us, we were just happy for the opportunity,” Swanger said.

Although they’re a group made up of members from the Palouse, most of the shows Silent Theory has played are in Spokane or Seattle. They’ve also played with other up and coming bands such as Divide the Day, Season’s After and Jet Black Stare.

“We played at the 2009 South by Southwest music film and interactive in Austin, Texas, with bands like Metallica, Shiny Toy Guns and Devo,” Swanger said. “We were asked to play again but it was kind of late notice, but we’re hoping to book some more shows soon.”
Osborn and Swanger had been writing songs and music together for a few years and eventually started the band Faded, which ended in a falling out.

“We had a 10 page contract with our manager, who had also managed Korn and Alien Ant Farm,” Swanger said. “He had been in the industry for a long time and knew his stuff. The only loophole we could find was to quit the band and lose everything we had made in the past three years.”

Swanger said even though the band has music, lyrics and even a CD under the name Faded, a fresh start was what they needed.

“We added bassist Bob James in 2007, and my brother, Scott Swagner, on guitar in December,” he said.

As far as the story behind the name, Swanger said he wishes there was one.

“We suggested names for weeks, and either couldn’t agree or found out they were taken,” Swanger said. “We were sitting around at La Casa Lopez and said, all right, we can’t leave until we think of a name.”

After hours of debating, the group fell silent for some time.

“We kept looking up names we thought of, but then it would turn out there were 15 of the same bands,” James said.
“Finally Nick said ‘How about Silent Theory?’ and it stuck,” Swanger said. “We’ll probably think of something else later.”
- The Argonaut

"Turkey Vulture Records Signs Silent Theory!!"

Silent Theory consists of Nick Osborn on (lead vocals), Scott Swanger on (lead guitar), Bob James on (bass guitar), and Mitch Swanger on (drums).

Silent Theory is a band based in Northwest, Idaho. With influences from The Who to Waylon Jennings and all heavy metal; Silent Theory is combining all these music styles to bring back the tradition of Rock -n- Roll music. Their sound is described as Dirty, Sexy, Rock -n- Roll.

Silent Theory was founded in December 2008. They started playing in several Washington cities at small local shows, and by 2009 they had played nationally including the prestigious South by Southwest Festival with headliner Metallica and several others.

In 2010 they appeared on MTV Cribs and also played the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. They will be coming to T.V.R. Studios to be produced by Jason Z. in Rockford, Illinois in 2011.
- Blog

"Silent Theory to debut album at concert Saturday"

The local band Silent Theory will be debuting their album, "Black Tie Affair," 60 days early with a show and CD release at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the BellTower Concert House in Pullman.

The album will be available worldwide on Jan 5., 2012, but, as drummer Mitch Swanger said, why not make the release into something special for the community?

“As part of the show, we’re giving a copy of the album out with every ticket purchase,” Swanger said. “We’re breaking our show into two sets. During the first, we’ll play a couple covers and songs that didn’t make the album, and the second half we’ll be playing the entirety of 'Black Tie Affair.'”

The album will feature ten original songs full of crunchy guitars, gritty rock ‘n’ roll vocals and in some instances, rhythm guitarist Robert James said, a slight country, acoustic feel. As a rule of thumb, Swanger said, Silent Theory writes music about things that have a story and reason behind them.

“People don’t want stuff just slapped on paper,” Swanger said. “They want something meaningful to the band and something they can relate to.”

While Silent Theory’s lyrical content speaks about rock ‘n’ roll themes such as drinking and having a good time, other songs focus on the tribulations the band has encountered on their road to success, James said.

“The fan favorite so far is ‘No Time To Lose,’ which has a really catchy second verse with a more funk beat on bass guitar,” James said. “Our label is pushing ‘Livin’ The Dream’ as our first single. It’s also schduled to be on the next Rock Band video game.”

The song “My Last Goodbye” is about Swanger’s experiences with bullying while teaching marketing courses in Lewiston.

“In my second year there, one of my favorite students came to school with suicidal cuts stretching from elbow to wrist, a result from bullying,” Swanger said. “Another student of mine, who had special needs, came to school badly beat up. As a teacher, if there was one thing that would make me lose it, it’d be bullying.”

Swanger said the song “My Last Goodbye” was not written to be morbid, but to rather function as a PSA or a cry for help for these victimized students.

Silent Theory is one of the rare bands from the Palouse area that have been signed to a record label, Swanger said. The band signed a contract with Illinois-based Turkey Vulture Records, a predominantly heavy metal label, on Oct. 14, 2010. Silent Theory’s sound is more commercial than 90 percent of the bands on the label, Swanger said, which is a big reason why Turkey Vulture Records picked them up. Their potential market and chance of being on the radio is huge.

“There’s not really anything out here that would draw a label’s interest,” Swanger said. “You wouldn’t think to look in a small town of Idaho. We’re the black sheep of any show we play, but sometimes it’s worked for us.”

Swanger said Silent Theory has played all sorts of shows, from gigs with death metal bands in Seattle to performances with Christian rock groups in Moscow, Idaho. In addition to the Washington and Idaho scenes, Silent Theory headlined Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles in 2010, played with Metallica and The Proclaimers in the South By Southwest festival in 2009 and has made an appearance on MTV Cribs.

Despite the band’s success, Swanger said, if you can think of something bad happening to a band over the course of a few years, it happened to them.

James said when they play with metal bands, they hope the hardcore fans will just let them out alive. During other shows, though, he said they have seen people put their hands over their ears after the first few songs. However, he said, this just presents a challenge for the band to reach these audience members in a louder way.

“Sometimes there’ll be three people in the back clapping,” James said. “We were doing a sound check in Coeur d'Alene when a drunk old guy in the back screamed ‘get off the stage, there’s other bands that want to play.’ We hadn’t even started yet. We were checking the mics.”

The most trying ordeal came at a concert at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, Swanger said, where a sound technician played music over the band’s sound for more than half of their set. This event is one of the references the band makes through their lyrics in the song “Faded Memories.”

The volume of Silent Theory is about to get much louder soon, though, Swanger said.

"We sold out the BellTower two weeks early, and they’re even bringing in a second bar for the concert,” Swanger said. “Great things are destined to happen. We're happy with how the album turned out, and I think most people will be.”

Doors for the show will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the BellTower Concert House. The band Small Town Boys will open for Silent Theory.
- The Daily Evergreen


"Black Tie Affair" - released October 31, 2011


Feeling a bit camera shy


In 2006, while working on separate projects, Mitch Swanger and Nick Osborn by chance did some collaborative work on some songs with a mutual friend. Immediately realizing that there was a spark they continued writing and playing shows without a solid line up. In fall of 2007 the line up became almost complete with the permanent addition of Bob James on the bass guitar, and the shows continued. Finally in December of 2008 with the addition of Scott Swanger on lead guitar, things were starting to shape up. After the perfect members were chosen the band went from playing small local shows and parties to playing everywhere from Seattle and Tacoma to Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, with the crowning achievement being the opportunity to play the 2009 South By Southwest festival with bands such as Metallica, Shiny Toy Guns, The Proclaimers and many more iconic bands. Over the years the band has played with other artists to include Jet Black Stare, Divide The Day, Seasons After, just to name a few. In November of 2009 after a wasted summer and an overwhelming stagnant feeling amongst the band mates, it was decided shake things up and revitalize the group. Taking the song writing in a completely different direction, Silent Theory has been refreshed and is now stronger than ever. In 2010 the guys recorded a rock solid demo, made an appearance on MTV Cribs, and headlined the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. In January 2011, George Swanger was added on the bass guitar and Bob picked up the rhythm guitar, becoming the permanent band line up. The band has recently signed with Turkey Vulture Records and headed to Rockford, Illinois in June where they recorded their full-length debut album, “Black Tie Affair”; the album was released on October 31, 2011, and in celebration of the release, the band played the first ever sold out show in the history of the belltower concert house in Pullman, Washington on November 5, 2011.