Steve O’Connell and Joshua Wentz met for the first time over coffee after both had individually recorded an album in the last 28 days. Both Chicago musicians had recently participated in the RPM challenge which asks an artist to record an album of new material in the month of February.
Steve’s effort was titled Our Earthquake Dreams which he recorded under the name Silvergirl, an homage to the lyric from Paul Simon’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. Following the release of the record, Josh came on board as a permanent collaborator and the two have been making music together ever since.
Although the origins of Silvergirl came together as a solo project, the group wasn’t fully formed until Steve and Josh began working on Walking Through Walls, a five song EP that marries both musicians strengths and influences. Steve’s fingerpicking folk style is joined with Josh’s love of electronic music and sythns to create a sound that holds the listener close while occasionally releasing them into a dramatic wall of synths, drums and guitars.
That flare for drama is readily found is Steve’s job as a professional actor. He has appeared on stage with Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Timeline, The Paramount, Windy City Playhouse, The Hypocrites and many more. His TV credits include appearances on Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, as well as AMC’s Low Winter Sun and the Lifetime movie Last Man Standing. Visit his IMDB page here.
Josh handles the drama pretty well himself, working as a sound designer for numerous theatre projects in Chicago as well as being a music producer. His other musical endeavors include Brash Flare, Deadbeat and his own solo work.