The Silent Comedy
"It all really started when my brother and I began writing songs and playing together in a little house on an alley in Imperial Beach, California. We had no furniture, no dishes, not even a stove. The only thing in the house was an old upright piano. says J. John, vocalist and bass player. We ha
just moved back to California after living out of backpacks traveling through southeast Asia, India, Nepal, southern Europe, and the United States. We came back with nothing, but someone gave us a piano so we started writing songs." "I used to go into department stores just to play piano in Europe. The management would get upset but people would be crowding around, so they let me play. adds J. Benjamin, John's brother, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. They didnt like a scruffy hobo-looking kid touching their expensive instruments. We really started from nothing when we moved back to the US and have built new lives around our music." The Silent Comedy started as a side project of the now defunct post-punk group Dehra Dun. The brothers started that band, named for a city in India where they had lived, in 2002 along with drummer/multi-instrumentalist J. Benedict. "The Silent Comedy was started with two goals: To be a recording project that could involve many of our musician friends, and to be an outlet for this Americana material we had been writing, " J. John explains. "We didn't really intend for it to be a live band at all. One thing led to another, and we needed to play a show that Dehra Dun was unavailable for, so we decided to give it a shot. I. Forbes, who had played violin with Dehra Dun, and longtime friend J. Michael were enlisted to help with the first show. After that, things just took off. Remembers J. Michael. The band changed from its original idea of a fluid lineup and a strict 'recording only' vision to a five piece core with a variety of guests. In addition to a cast of guest performers, The Silent Comedy is known for its frequent instrument changes, and lively stage antics. Their live show has become their defining characteristic.
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