“Black Kite,” the debut album under Karate Body Records
of Kentucky based band, Silver Tongues
, was an ambitious project for the five piece outfit comprised of the Cronin brothers and friends. Including Silver Tongues, was a collaboration of friends and family who lent a hand or voice to make the debut a reality. But if you look closely, what is interesting was their choice of location for their recordings. The Church in St. Louisville and at The Funeral Home as the locals aren’t surprising as we’re introduced to the opening track, “Highways,” a slow, melancholy melody bordering on hymnal. Lead singer, David Cronin, explains the origin of “Black Kite” as a narrative about “serial killers that are on the run. While they are on the run, they are listening to the album “Nebraska.”” Whether that explanation explains the story is up to interpretation, but we can discern that it’s a response to the mourning and celebration of life stayed and life lost, exacerbated by the bitter realization that what we see, feel, hear and love can be taken from us in a blink of an eye. Just don’t blink for too long.
Musebox: Who are the Silver Tongues and how did you come to call yourselves “Silver Tongues”?
David Cronin: Silver Tongues are James Hewett, Michael Campbell, Brian Cronin, David Cronin, and Jacob Heustis. It sounded like a good name.
MB: How did you and your bandmates meet?
David Cronin: Well, my brother was here when I got here. Jacob and Michael and James have been friends of mine throughout the years. I basically just asked my buddies to help me out with this stuff.
MB: Your bio states that Silver Tongues began in solitary confinement. Was the confinement in order for you to bring your creativity to fruition without the procrastination?
David Cronin: No, there was plenty of procrastination. I guess the writing process started as a solitary thing. After the basic ideas were developed, I started to include others in the writing process, in order to fine tune the songs.