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Susan Across the Ocean

The Silos

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After The Silos' self-titled 1990 album (their third release and major-label debut) didn't push them past cult-hero status, the band's creative core of frontman Walter Salas-Humara and guitarist Bob Rupe parted ways. Salas-Humara rebooted the band in Austin for 1992's Hasta la Victoria, followed two years later by this album. From the start, The Silos pursued a blend of raw rock 'n' roll and twangy Americana. Rough-edged rockers like "Upside Down Instead" and "Wanna Ride" lead the charge, and even mellower moments like "Shaking All Over the Place" are more serpentine alt-rock than Americana. Even when The Silos cover a Lucinda Williams tune, it's her most fiery rocker, "Changed the Locks." Speaking of covers, Salas-Humara and company get an unusual amount of mileage from other people's tunes here, offering incisive versions of Austin fixture Michael Hall's teenage-wasteland tale "Let's Take Some Drugs and Drive Around" and The Modern Lovers' classic anti-drug anthem "I'm Straight."

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One of the most consistent Silos albums

I really have enjoyed this album over the years, being the first Silos album I had. The best songs are "Upside Down Instead" and "Nothing's Gonna Last" as well as "Let's Take Some Drugs." The other really enjoyable songs on the album are the title track, the Lucinda Williams cover (I think it's at least as cool as Petty's version) "Change The Locks," and "I'm Straight." Also, "Fallen Angel" is a very nice song, similar quality to above titles.

just the usual excellance

the silos are one of my alltime favorite bands...all their albums are great and stand up to and improve on repeated listenings. a life time of enjoyment in these grooves.


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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