Pacific Northwest Rockers, Silent Theory, are creating a lane of their lane through immersing themselves within experiences that spark the flame for inspiration. The band’s dropped their full-length release, ‘Delusions’, in 2016 and have been on one noteworthy ride that has garnered attention and praise. I caught up with Guitarist, Bob James, to discuss bringing ‘Delusions’ to life, the recent music video for “Watch Me Burn”, tattoos and more.
Your album, ‘Delusions’, carries a lot of lyrical content that is emotive and rich in depth. Tell us about the songwriting process and if this is a collective effort or spearheaded by one of you.
Generally, we are pretty collaborative in our songwriting, both music and lyrics, but I will say Dakota was kind of the workhorse with the lyrics for a bulk of the album.
Your recent music video for “Watch Me Burn” has a compelling visual theme. Tell us about bringing that video to life and what inspired to take the route and manner of expression that you choose.
We never actually intended to make a video for “Watch Me Burn”, but since we released the album it has been a fan favorite and really only second to Fragile Minds. Our fans and supporters have been so good to us, that we thought doing a video for one of their favorites would be a nice tribute. Unlike the video for “Fragile Minds”, this video is much more of a performance video with a few fun little tweaks. With “Watch Me Burn”, the song for us was an expression of frustration over some of the life events that Facebook, there has been another natural disaster or mass shooting or something outrageous in the political realm and some days it feels like there is no such thing as good news any more. So, throughout the video there are shots of us in all white and we have video of riots, natural disasters, etc. projecting on our bodies in an otherwise dark and empty room. We wanted the theme to really be a positive message in the sense of comradery, that you are not alone in your suffering and even though a shared pain has brought us together, that together maybe we can make a change or the better.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?!
Yes and no. We are working really hard to pack our spring and summer with as much touring as America can handle, but we are still locking down a lot of those details, so you’ll have to stay tuned.
How has growing up in Idaho inspired your creative endeavors?
I don’t know if inspired is the right word, but has toughened us a little. We generally have to work a little harder to impress people, because how many hard rock bands are on the radio from Idaho? Not many, which is a crime; we have some great talent here.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artists that you worked with to bring them to life.
Bob and Dakota are really carrying the tattoo torch so to speak. Bob has a USMC tattoo on his right bicep that he got in Kentucky while at Fort Knox for Tank School with the Marine Corps. His largest tattoo to date is the start of a half sleeve on his left bicep/shoulder that is an original composition piece that he came up with that has a skull, raven, tree and roses. That was done by Nate, the owner of Lucky Boys Tattoo shop in Washington. Dakota has a really sweet gauntlet half sleeve that he drew that has his family crest and an Irish theme homage to each member of his immediate family.
If you could get any tattoo, budget-free, from any tattoo artist in the world, what would you get done and which tattoo artist would you choose?
Great question. Off the top of my head, I would have to say either a portrait of someone badass like Doc Holiday or Waylon Jennings by Kat Von D or an intense black and grey by Ryan Ashley Malarkey.
What album release from a fellow musician/band in 2017 do you perceive to be the most influential release of the year?
I Prevail is just killing it right now. For me, they hit the heavy stuff and the melodic pretty stuff as good as anyone right now.
Where do you see Silent Theory five years from now?
Probably at a Wendy’s. We eat a LOT. All jokes aside, we hope to continue to write and produce better music where we are constantly challenging ourselves. We are hoping for a few world tours under our belt by then as well.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Words cannot express how grateful and humbled we are by the response and feedback we have received this last year, and we hope to meet each and every one of you this upcoming tour season. At least in the continental United States.
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