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The rock equivalent of the writer’s writer, this band is much loved by their fellow musicians and little heard by most everyone else. Considered up-and-comers when they released 1987’s classic Cuba, they were making a likable, melodic form of alt-country before the term had even been invented. Led by Walter Salas-Humera, different incarnations of the Silos have been plugging away ever since. Yet Fast Lane, the Silos’ 13th album, sounds anything but world-weary: alternating twang and drone, squalling punk-inflected rockers and spacious, layered guitars, these songs are surprisingly noisy and brash from such veterans. Best cuts: the hooky “Tell Me You Love Me”; “Fall On Your Knees,” which sounds like early-‘90s Jayhawks with a grittier edge and the lovelorn “People Are Right,” with its moody wash of steel guitar. The lyrics may not be the deepest around (“She’s kickass”? really?), but their heart is in the right place. “We know something about carrying on,” the boys sing on the triumphant rave-up “Out of Our Way,” and there’s no doubt that’s true.

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Goin' slow in the fast lane

Pretty nice effort if you don't mind an album of almost all slow tunes. Only about 2 are upbeat and several others tend to sound alike. Beautiful playing and original production work overall. I esp. like the alt-country feel of several tunes tickled with pedal steel work. Dallas Observer sez: ".... a muscular mix of primitive and edgy psychedelia." Bloodshot Records promo sez: "Buzzes with the energy of Lower East Side proto-punk, but can also part the clouds with their joyous, textured hooks."


Slow tunes? This is one of the silos most rocking albums...check it out.

Good stuff here dude.

Nice job by a good band. Has a nice alt-rock-country feel too it.


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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