The hard driving modern rock quintet Silence and Light formed in May of 2017 in New York City. Founding members J Bradford and Jason Everman (formerly of Nirvana and Soundgarden) wanted to draw from their musical pasts to create a mechanism to raise awareness about the myriad issues facing veterans of the Global War on Terror and to contribute the proceeds from music sales to Special Operations Charitable Organizations. Tyson (bass), Brandon (drums), and Fred (vocals), all joined the band over the course of the next year and the band immediately started song writing and rehearsals.
Silence and Light is working hand-in-hand with legendary L.A.-based producer, Josh Gudwin, to record their debut album (anticipated to release between Fall 2018 and Winter 2019). In keeping with the band’s mission, all proceeds from music sales will be contributed to Warriors Heart and the Marine Raider Foundation. Silence and Light is committed to contributing the proceeds from its music sales to numerous Charitable Organizations designed to help support the members and families of the Special Operations community, as well as first responders.
Meet The Band
J Bradford – Guitar – Silence and Light’s founding guitarist grew up in suburban Maryland playing piano,
clarinet, saxophone, and guitar, all at a very young age. After pursuing a brief career in music, he joined
the Army and served 8 years in the 75 th Ranger Regiment and 12 years in an Army Special Mission Unit at
Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He deployed 8 total times in support of combat operations in Mogadishu
Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
The former Nirvana guitarist and Soundgarden bassist grew up in rural
Washington State. After spending time as a youth enjoying punk rock and the commercial fishing
industry, Jason broke onto the local Seattle music scene playing in two of the most prolific bands of the
early 1990’s- Nirvana and Soundgarden. After leaving Soundgarden after their first world tour, he joined
MindFunk and after a brief period, became unfulfilled with the music business. By 1994, Jason joined the
US Army and became an Airborne Ranger in the 2nd Ranger Battalion in Ft. Lewis Washington. By the
later 1990’s, he made the transition to Special Forces, earning a Green Beret and deploying in support of
the Global War on Terror. Jason’s image can be seen on the cover of Nirvana’s “Bleach” album and can
also, be seen dining out in the great Seattle area with former Soundgarden bandmate Kim Thayil.
In the wake of the Grunge and hard rock scenes of the early 90’s, Tyson started playing in
punk and hard rock bands at age 13. Following the loss of his best friend and drummer to a rare form of
cancer at the age of 17, Tyson pursued an opportunity to play college football and eventually joined the
Marine Corps, serving in the Infantry as a Marine Raider. Tyson deployed multiple times as an infantry
platoon commander and as a Marine Raider in support of the Global War on Terror.
A drummer since the age of 8, Brandon grew up in Nebraska. He learned to play jazz,
drumline, and progressed into punk rock. By 2005, Brandon joined the Marine Corps serving just shy of 6
years as a crew chief on Marine One, the President’s helicopter. In 2010, he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and went on tour as a professional drummer for Shadows Fall, Lord of War, and Trumpet the Harlot. In between touring, he contracts for various US Government Organizations.
Fred grew up in Pontiac, Michigan as a Marine Corps brat never staying in one town for
too long. By the age of 10, he was playing drums and flirted with many other instruments too. He
eventually settled on the guitar and singing after his drum playing became too loud for his children
when they were younger. Fred joined the US Air Force in 1998 and is still actively serving in Texas.