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Come On Like the Fast Lane

The Silos

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More than two decades on and, following a lull in the '90s, eight years into their most solid lineup — founder Walter Salas-Humara (guitar, lead vox), Drew Glackin (guitars, bass), and Konrad Meissner (drums) — the Silos continue to offer reliably muscular rock. Salas-Humara's and Glackin's crunching, high-flying guitars call the shots throughout on Come on Like the Fast Lane, on which the band strips down to the basics — no additional players, first-take minimalism — and alternates between melancholically weepy and life-just-rocks giddy. Salas-Humara's rockers rock with a fair amount of zeal (opener "Behind Me Now," co-penned with Steve Wynn, is a highlight) and his ballads, especially the ones with a pedal steel twang, tug at heartstrings appropriately enough, although the album would have been improved with a tad more enthusiasm. [This edition includes two bonus tracks.]

Biography

Formed: 1985 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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