The SLVR Tongues are a three-piece country band who are putting their own stamp on the music industry. Made up of Hannah Huntley, James Lynch, and Peter Erik, the trio currently reside in Nashville, where they’ve been able to shape their own genre of ‘Outlaw Country’ music.
Their debut single, ‘Johnny Cash’, gave us an insight into what we could expect from the band. They then teamed up with Top 40 Billboard charting producer John Richman to create their debut EP Rough Around The Edges, which is slick slice of edgy country music. They’ve even been recognised for their creative talents, with second single ‘S-Class’ currently a finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.
The SLVR Tongues are a force to be reckoned with, and are certainly making country music an even cooler genre. We recently caught up with the trio to discuss their music, SLVR Sundays, being a part of the country music moment and much more.
You released your debut EP ‘Rough Around The Edges’ earlier this year. What was the inspiration behind the EP?
Rough Around the Edges is inspired by our belief that you always have to be true to yourself. We all come from different backgrounds, and have put all our various influences into creating a sound that we believe hasn’t really been introduced in Country before. The inspiration to do something honest and new was our primary goal with this release.
You teamed up with chart-topping producer Jordan Richman for your EP. What was he like to work with?
James has been friends with Jordan for years, and it seriously has fit like a glove having him produce us. He’s such a visionary, and is always on the cutting edge of audio recording. We couldn’t be happier with the work we’ve done together.
You all come from different musical backgrounds, so how does that work when it comes to songwriting/creating your music?
We surprisingly have never had an issue with conflicting directions on a song. It’s almost like, because we come from different genres, The SLVR Tongues is where we all meet as artists, and what we all agree on.
‘S-Class’ is currently a finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition, which we’re not surprised about – the lyrics are so clever! How does it feel to be nominated?
It’s such an honor! Obviously we make music that we think is good, but it’s always amazing when others agree.
Tell us more about your SLVR SUNDAYS YouTube channel.
SLVR SUNDAYS is a comedic weekly segment we do that lets us keep in touch with our fans. We give updates, attempt challenges, perform covers, and honestly just make fools of ourselves on the show. It’s a lot of fun!
As a band, you’ve certainly got an edge about you. What makes you stand out from other country artists?
We think there are two main aspects that contribute to our “edge.” First of all, we all have very loud personalities, and aren’t afraid to show them off. We speak our minds, and almost always bypass any semblance of a filter we might have. The other element that makes us stand out is our loyalty to our respective roots: Hannah is a 90’s pop lover, James is more of a hard rock/metal guy, and Peter loves the shredding solos of 80’s hair bands. The combo creates a sound that we believe makes us stand out, for better or for worse.
Country music has become a lot more mainstream and popular over recent years. How do you feel about being part of that movement?
We love being part of the growing country scene! It’s both exciting and inspiring. It also raises the ceiling on what’s possible, and what can be achieved within the genre. We think where the industry is going is a perfect home for The SLVR Tongues.
You currently reside in Nashville, the home of country music. Since being in Nashville, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given by your fellow industry peers?
Work with each other! Nashville is an amazing city because you have such a concentration of super talented writers and musicians. Everyone is really supportive of one another here, and the more you connect with other writers, the more connections you develop. Obviously, like any industry, networking is key.
What would be the ultimate career achievement for you?
We don’t think there really is an “ultimate goal” for us. We are definitely in it to win it, and however far our music can take us is where we’ll go. We want to be as big as possible, and reach as many people as we can. The sky is the limit!… although a Grammy also wouldn’t hurt…
What can we expect from The SLVR Tongues for the rest of the year?
There’s always a lot in the works for us. You can expect more songs, more products, and hopefully some touring! We’re just getting started…
You can also grab a copy of Rough Around The Edges here.