Compared to household names like Elliot Smith and Tim Buckley, Detroit band The Silent Years recently released their much-anticipated album The Globe. With themes like alienation and existentialism, the band executes vulnerable rock resoundingly without crossing over into whiny, maudlin ballads. A harmonious adventure, The Globe perfectly represents The Silent Years’ astute craftsmanship and inventive arrangements of melodies. Here’s what they have to say about their acclaimed new album. Here’s a glance into what singer/songwriter Josh Epstein has to say:

What year did The Silent Years form?

How did all the band members meet?
Through various music projects in Detroit

What is the band’s favorite venue/city to play?
King Tuts in Glasgow (England).

What was the strangest/most interesting thing to happen to The Silent Years so far?
We got mistaken for Coldplay in Taiwan and got to meet the president.

If you could meet any musical hero living or dead, who would it be and what would you say to this person?
John Lennon, let’s talk about peace today.

What do you simply hate about being in a band? You know, like the sound man showing up two hours late for a gig or buying guitar strings from “that guy” at the music store who is more interested in his Chinese food than ringing you up…
We hate getting questions from people at gas stations like, “what type
of group are you?”

How are you planning to conquer the world now that The Globe has been released today?
A million interviews.

–Eliza K. Johnston