Silvertide was formed in January 2001 in northeast Philadelphia, a heavily working-class area that is to Philadelphia what Queens and Brooklyn are to New York. Originally, the band (which was called Vertigo) had four members: lead singer Walt Lafty, lead guitarist Nick Perri, rhythm guitarist Mark Melchiorre, and drummer Kevin Frank. When bassist Brian Weaver was added to the lineup, Silvertide was born.
The young rockers had been jamming and rehearsing in the Perri’s basement for several months when they started performing live in Philly clubs, and listeners were shocked to hear a group of 21st century teenagers sounding like they had just stepped out of the ’70s — in fact, most of Silvertide’s members were still in high school and weren’t old enough to vote when the band was formed.
And because their sound was so unapologetically classic, they felt like musical outcasts in high school. When other northeast Philly teens were listening to Korn, Limp Bizkit, Eminem, and Jay-Z, Silvertide’s members were admiring the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Faces, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.
But if the members of Silvertide were musical outsiders in high school, they weren’t outsiders in Philly rock clubs — by the time 2001 ended, Silvertide was creating a healthy buzz on the city’s rock scene. And the buzz was so strong that Silvertide ended up opening for Aerosmith when Steven Tyler and friends played in Philly during a national tour. That local buzz led to a deal with veteran music industry mogul Clive Davis’ J Records, which signed the band and released its debut EP, American Excess, in 2002. The following summer, Silvertide joined producer Oliver Leiber in Los Angeles to begin recording their studio full-length debut. After previewing their songs on a springtime tour with Alice Cooper, Tantric and Shinedown, Silvertide issued their 1st and only full length, “Show & Tell” in early June 2004.
The band went on to tour the world for almost 3 years straight, balancing headlining shows with opening slots for Van Halen, Motley Crue, Velvet Revolver, Godsmack, Foo Fighters, The Hives, Gavin DeGraw, The Exies, Grand Funk Railroad, Shinedown, ZZ Top, The Roots, Puddle Of Mudd, Sevendust, Fuel, Crossfade, Staind, Maroon 5, Static X, Dark New Day, Goo Goo Dolls, Alicia Keys, Sammy Hagar, Rev Theory, Government Mule, Seether, Hinder, Kid Rock, Submersed, Breaking Benjamin, Iggy Pop, Three Days Grace, 12 Stones, Trapt, Les Paul, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Filter, 3 Doors Down, Tantric, Sum 41, The Darkness, Saving Abel, The Killers, Endeverafter, Rusted Root, Adema, My Morning Jacket, Mondo Generator, Interpol, Styx, Kings of Leon, Future Leaders of the World, David Lee Roth, Journey, Buckcherry, Theory Of A Deadman, Metallica, Aerosmith, and many many more.
In 2005 M. Night Shyamalan featured Silvertide in his film Lady in the Water. Silvertide was featured on the soundtrack with their covers of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” and “It Ain’t Me, Babe”. Two years later their song “Blue Jeans” was featured on the video game ROCK BAND.
Over the years the band has remained in tact, but for the most part dormant, with its members exploring other musical outlets. Until now..
In late 2012 the band announced that all 5 original members would once again come together to write, record, and play. In February of 2013 both Perri and Weaver who are now based in Los Angeles CA flew back to Philadelphia to begin work with the group. On March 9th the band played its 1st show in 6 years at the TLA on South St. The show, which sold out in a matter of days, was attended by people from all over the country who flew in to witness the band’s triumphant return.
Days later the group began work with producer David Ivory on what will be an EP of all new music. Stay tuned..