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The Silos

One of the pioneering bands of the early alternative country scene, the Silos were the brainchild of vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader Walter Salas-Humara, who was born in Florida to parents who were exiled from Cuba. Salas-Humara began writing songs while he was a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville in the early '80s (where he played in an early version of the Vulgar Boatmen), and by 1985 he had relocated to New York City and was eager to record an album. Salas-Humara began working with bassist and guitarist Bob Rupe, another former Floridian. Calling themselves the Silos, the pair recorded -- with the help of a few friends -- a low-budget album called About Her Steps. Released by a small New York independent label called Record Collect, About Her Steps earned a number of rave reviews, and Salas-Humara and Rupe assembled a touring version of the Silos to support the release on the road.

In 1987, the road-tested Silos went into the studio to record Cuba, which added a tougher and more confident tone to the debut album's blend of jangle and fuzz; the album became another critical favorite, and the band signed a major-label deal with RCA, who released the band's self-titled third set in 1990. A more delicate and carefully crafted effort than its predecessors, The Silos was lovely but a tough sell, and sold poorly by major-label standards (though it moved significantly more copies than Cuba or About Her Steps). RCA dropped the band, and Rupe parted ways with the Silos; Salas-Humara opted to continue without him, and the Texas-based independent label Watermelon Records issued Hasta la Victoria! in 1992. After 1994's Susan Across the Ocean, the Silos tool a break for several years, but with 1998's Heater, the group began to solidify with a new lineup -- Salas-Humara, bassist and pedal steel player Drew Glackin, and percussionist Konrad Meissner -- and a series of strong albums followed, including 2001's Laser Beam Next Door and 2004's When the Telephone Rings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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First time I heard them I wondered why I never heard them b4! The lyrics vocals music is everything that is making me a fan. Shame I missed them all these years.
I want to get a Silos CD. Which is the best to start with, anyone?
Hey commercial radio, why ain't I never heard of these dudes before Pandora?!!!! SOB's, of course they don't play hardly any Son Volt either. Tasteless Sell-Out Morons!! (Did you see the crap on the AMA's last night?-BB
danzigirwin
Listening to Memories from Cuba LP. Played this CD quite a bit for a few years. Time to go back to the vault. And I like Walter's Vocals, as well as the guitars!
tommyj78213
someone should proff read these
Sweet rock sound.
I'll take this any day, all day long. Just plain old GREAT MUSIC by GREAT GUYS. Love the Silos.
God forbid, he sing like an angel. I like the gravel and centerness of his pitch. Listen to American Idol for your center of pitch.
instrumental s are ok, but the vocals are HORRIBLE. all gravel, and no center of pitch.
hardy65240
Good stuff. Very similar to Big Head Todd.
Yo this s**t is HOT!!!!
Reminds me of the music I heard when I was a kid. Why can't they make this stuff anymore?
Good stuff. Alt-country with a slightly Latin flavor
brodan23
great vocals and driving beat like what you have to say

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