Silence Is Easy is the second studio album by indie rock group Starsailor, released in September 2003 and recorded in Los Angeles, and the song “Some of Us” was featured in an episode of the hit TV series “Bones.” It was also played in the closing credits of the Belgian film “The Memory of a Killer” (a.k.a. The Alzheimer Case). In the UK, the album was certified gold in 2003.
Starsailor is an English post-britpop band, formed in Leigh, Warrington and Greater Manchester. They are composed of singer and songwriter James Walsh, Bassist James Stelfox, drummer Ben Byrne, and Barry Westhead on the keyboard. The band signed with EMI, the label that a relative of one band member worked for, in 2000. In 2008, in a re-organisation, Starsailor were moved to Virgin Records, a division of EMI.
For a band often lambasted as shrinking violets, Starsailor have kept some pretty loose and unexpected company since they announced their arrival in 2001 with the majestic ‘Love Is Here.’ Then, as 19 year olds straight out of music college in Wigan, they found themselves hurled into the world of Heavenly Recordings – a label notorious for The Social, the good times and being friends with Primal Scream, Happy Mondays and The Charlatans. It was the legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall that provided their first remix. The band might have been signed by EMI, but it was Heavenly’s founder, the mercurial Jeff Barrett, that A+R’ed them through their first two wildly successful albums. Indeed, the second of those – 2004’s ‘Silence Is Easy’ – saw them become the last band to record with production genius and careless gun user Phil Spector. Not the kind of company you suspect that their supposed peers – Snow Patrol, Keane et al – would ever keep.
By 2009, they had four charting albums and ten Top 40 singles in the UK since 2001. On November 13, 2009 it was officially announced by Lancashire Evening Post that Starsailor was on hold and that James Walsh was concentrating on his solo career. In an interview with VirtualFestivals.com he stated that at this moment he was working on his first solo album and that he was writing the lyrics with American songwriter and singer Suzanne Vega.