When Daniel Fox of Irish math-punk supremoes Girl Band decides to produce you, then you can probably take that as a sign that your music is something to be reckoned with. When you hear the tight, bright sound of Pink Tide by Silverbacks, you’ll know that’s right.
The most obvious musical comparisons for the song are fellow Dubliners Girl Band and Fontaines D.C. They share that same skill of capturing the odd dichotomy created when the enduring cultural richness and the simultaneous intellectual vacuity that can come from living in a fast-moving, ever changing city.
Pink Tide doesn’t confine itself sonically though. The post-punk leanings are there, and both the vocals and lyrics at times veer in to spoken word territory. But there’s also a breadth of scope, musically and texturally, that lifts the song, giving it a more angular, conceptual feel.
Songwriter Daniel Kelly had this to say about the track: “Pink Tide is a song about trendy and stylish revolutions that lack substance and never fully materialise. The chorus is inspired by a YouTube compilation I came across called ‘Make Way for The Queens Guard!!!’. It’s pretty much the Queen’s Guard yelling the video title every time a tourist impedes them from completing their duty.”