• ... their no frills rock style suits east Texas every bit as much as the Lower East Side.

    — Absolute Sound
  • [the Silos] have the longevity of Neil Young, the tense nervous veneer of Television, and the tuneful panache of a Cole Porter lyric.

    — Sounds (UK)
  • Walter Salas-Humara's songs are as straightforward, physically affecting and musically uncompromising as can be found anywhere in the American pop underground.

    — L.A. Weekly
  • The band's austere style inflects the astringent twang of The Velvet Underground with the drone of R.E.M. and adds countryish echoes that recall Gram Parsons

    — New York Times
Hometown: 
New York, NY

Heralded at their outset by Rolling Stone as "America's Best New Band," the resilient Silos mix  punk, roots, rock, and sage art-damaged truth telling.  They've created a sound that's hard to pin down.  "The band's austere style inflects the astringent twang of The Velvet Underground with the drone of R.E.M. and adds countryish echoes that recall Gram Parsons," offered The New York Times. "

"We get compared to everybody," says main Silo Walter Salas-Humara. "To some people, we're a country band. To other people, we're a rock band. To other people, we're an acoustic band. Some people think we're rootsy, and others think we're arty." He pauses to take a breath and to chuckle at the breadth of it all. 'We're all of those things."

Yes, every one of those descriptions is accurate, a snapshot of the truth taken from a different angle. The music of Salas-Humara and his bandmates is the sound of ideas, styles, and maybe even cultures colliding. It deftly combines a big beat with a nothing-wasted leanness, and it's music that possesses a unique blending of intensity and approachability, with the ferocious rockers tilting you back on your heels just as quickly as the hushed, tightly coiled ballads draw you closer.

After several brushes with fame and numerous critically acclaimed albums, it is heartening to know that the band continues to make brilliance look easy.
 

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