After being the topic of internal discussion for a decade Mike and the Moonpies have announced that they are overhauling their image and changing their name to Silverada.
At the height of their popularity the Texas five-piece have decided to shake free of the moniker that started as a joke 16-years-ago.
Talking with Rolling Stone frontman Mike Harmeier said of the band change “We went through a lot, and it’s hard to get five grown men to agree on anything,” Harmeier says. “We really wanted something that was one word. When we wrote Cheap Silver, that was our identity. We were drinking silver tequila. Then we wrote the last Moonpies record, One to Grow On, which is kind of based on a Chevy truck. So, we just put the whole thing together. We feel like this encompasses everything that we are.”
As is to be expected by an announcement of this magnitude fans have taken to social media and seem to be strictly divided on their reactions to Silverada. Most are understanding of the reasoning behind the bands decision and will remain true so long as they remain true to their sound. However, there are the expected fans who refuse to acknowledge the change and with be steadfast in referring to the band as The Moonpies.
We’re welcoming the change and are excited about the direction Silverada, and country music as a whole, are headed in. With more traditional leaning country acts exploding over the last few years artists like Silverada are taking the opportunity to get their music in front of new audiences.
Along with the rebranding Silverada have announced a new self-titled album due out June 28. For the release party, the band will headline Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the first time on July 5, with Uncle Lucius opening.
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