It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of James Broad, singer of the band Silver Sun.
They may have never hit the heights that they truly deserved, but James Broad will forever be remembered for bringing us some of the finest hooks and harmonies of the late-Britpop era and beyond as the singer and main songwriter of Silver Sun. Their self-titled debut album caught the zeitgeist of the end of the era in 1997, seeing them lumped in with the mountain of bands that had captured the Britpop wave, but theirs was an altogether different sound, something much more akin to the crunching powerpop of Teenage Fanclub and their American powerpop heroes.
With such hits as Julia, Last Day, Golden Skin and Lava they watched their early star rise, hitting their single chart peak with Too Much, Too Little, Too Late from their second album, Neo Wave. Broad continued to record with the band up right up until this year’s self-released album, Switzerland. News has arrived that Broad has lost his battle with cancer and died earlier this week.
In thrall to the American powerpop sound, the band embraced the hooks and harmonies of the likes of Cheap Trick and wrapped them up in their own style. Their fuzzed out guitars and surging powerchords deserved a lot more recognition than they ultimately achieved as their brutal simplicity of melody and charm always came through in spades.
Rest in peace and powerpop James.
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.