Biography

 Hailing from the rich cotton fields of South Georgia, a four piece band of brothers announced their arrival on the music scene as only they could. Splynter, as their name implied, were very invasive of their surroundings. This is the exact impression they made on the music scene. Founded and led by front man Richard Gates and Drummer Richard Saldano, the band toured the southeast enlightening the masses with their own brand of post-Southern, Hard Rock and Alternative Rock. While carving their own niche into the ever changing world of music, their high energy and entertaining shows afforded them the opportunity to support some of the greatest names in rock, like Molly Hatchet, Pat Travers, Ghost Riders and many more and including era members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Firefall, Pure Prairie League, Jimmie Van Zant, Gregg Allman Band.

The sudden departure of Richard Gates from the band in early 2009 left them in disarray and in desperate need of a new front man. As they began to pick up the pieces, they went on the hunt for a new lead vocalist. While playing several music festivals, one name kept coming up: Wally Silver. Silver’s arrival signaled a new era for the band, known then as Daysleepers. Rounding out the band was long time friend and Bassist John Wagnon and vibrant guitarist Justin Myers. Upon signing with T&T Management and Booking and Mira Vista records the band decided to change the name one last time to help ensure their place on a national and international scale. Hence, Silversel was born. With a new lead vocalist and a new name, the band went back to doing what they do best, touring and creating great music.
At the end of 2012, John Wagnon left the band, to pursue other ventures. He was quickly replaced by George Adkins on the bass, to continue touring in support of their debut album, Where Angels Dare.

After seeing much success from “Where Angels Dare”, including a “Short List” Grammy Nod for the hit single “Heard It All Before”, the band decided it was time to record a follow up album.

In 2015 Silversel signed with Sony Red/SMG Records for distribution and marketing of their sophomore album “Battlegrounds”. It was definitely a step in the right direction for the band. To date the Silversel/Sony Red partnership has garnered a ton of benefits for the band including 3 hit singles: “Dead and Gone”, “Icarus”, and “All Outta Rocks”. They have also seen, sold out shows, and a front page spread in ION Indie Magazine, just to name a few.

Silversel has always been a live band. And have always prided themselves on “giving fans their money’s worth” when they come to a show. With this in mind the band decided to free up front man, Wally Silver, by adding a new guitarist to the band. Mikey “Chief” Burress answered the call. Burress, of “Voodoo Poet” and “Jeremy Graham Band” fame, came highly recommended. A former Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, Burress earned his nickname of “Chief” from day one by commanding the rhythm guitar parts as if he was born to play with Silversel.

In early 2016 Justin Myers took a short hiatus from the band. To take his place for live shows, Silversel hired Randy Powell of "Dead Mans Hand" fame. Upon Myers return to the band, Silversel decided to keep Powell on to refine their sound, and add depth to their upcoming albums and live shows.

Presently, Silversel is in pre-production for their third full length album, while touring and delighting their fans(most commonly called Selmates) with their high energy live performances in the U.S. and abroad.