Thierry Amar, though there are other names under which the band is known: The (o Thee) Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, and Thee Silver Mountain Reveries.
According to an interview the musicians gave to VPRO Radio Netherlands, the original project was created so Efrim would learn to write music, a rapidly discarded idea since Efrim decided he preferred his music not to be defined by rules, simply choosing to leave what sounded better. They finally decided to continue with the project to experiment with some ideas which wouldn´t have worked within the Godspeed You! Black Emperor Project.
Inspired in part by the death of their dog Wanda during the Godspeed You! Black Emperor tour, Efrim wanted to cut an album as a memorial, but felt that he could not do it within Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And everybody agreed.
In contrast with Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s music, the one played by Silver Mt. Zion adds music that is sung. The last album the band launched didn’t only offer merely instrumental pieces. Efrim confessed that he did not feel at ease with this at the beginning, he felt “silly” and uneasy as a singer and he didn’t want to be the musical focus of the band, but wanted to use voices as a stylistic tool. Fans reaction for using vocals was quite varied, but by now Efrim’s poetic and lyric abilities is quite respected. Besides, Silver Mt. Zion has more fans now, so they don’t perform as a Godspeed You! Black Emperor derivate, but act as an independent separate entity.
The name of A Silver Mt. Zion seems to refer to the highest point in Jerusalem, The Mount Temple, though when interviewed by David Garland –the Spinning on Air host for WNCY radio- Efrim declared that the name came up from a misheard song. He is Jewish and that shows all through the band’s music. He himself described the recording of the first band’s CD as a “Judaic experience. He is a Diaspore supporting the non-territorial form of Jewish identity as a form of pluralism and cultural interaction.
After launching his first album He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms..., the band enlarged to six members and was renamed The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, name under which their second album appeared: Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward. In his third album, This Is Our Punk-Rock, Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing, he had an amateur choir and appeared under the name of The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band with Choir. For their first EP launching, Pretty Little Lightning Paw, the name of the band changed again to Thee Silver Mountain Reveries. When they give out Horses in the Sky in 2005, the band changed their name again to Thee Silver Mountain Reveries, simply modifying The into Thee. For simplicity, they are generally called by their original name: A Silver Mt.