Brothers Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman and their band The Silent Comedy contain a vintage blend of American rock & roll, blues, and punk. Within the music also is a hard nosed unison of a band that is ready to crack knuckles, lock arms, and lift their voices high.
Today, The Silent Comedy have dropped their gritty version of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” During the vocal tracking, Joshua Zimmerman experienced an emotional mental health crisis. At various points, Zimmerman broke down in tears which caused recording to stop at times.
“The Chain is a song that is not only a classic, but it is particularly significant to The Silent Comedy. Fleetwood Mac channeled so much angst and emotion from their lives into the original and we did the same with our interpretation. We were going through a lot when we recorded this song and I can hear all of that emotional weight in the music and the vocal performances when I listen back to it. This song already has a special place in many people’s hearts and we hope that our homage will also,” Zimmerman says.
The brothers spent their formative years traveling the world with missionary parents before settling in California. In search of catharsis, the teens found solace in songwriting and stage lights. The young band proved capable of raucous shows and word spread. Years of touring followed, performing with Dave Matthews Band, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford and Sons, Arctic Monkeys, and Vampire Weekend, and festival plays at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Under The Big Sky, Summer Meltdown and more.
The Silent Comedy recorded and self-released a series of albums. Soon the brothers’ music had sold hundreds of thousands of copies and streamed millions. Studio collaborations with Kris Kristofferson and members of Dave Matthews Band followed. Still, the brothers weren’t satisfied. They needed to capture the magic of their live show. They found the answer in Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Jet, The Darkness). The resulting sessions led to a body of work that includes the EP Friends Divide and LP Enemies Multiply.