The Shilohs

The Shilohs

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
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The Shilohs strip you of all your inhibitions and remind you that great songs will win out all the time, every time.

Biography

The Shilohs are a rock band in the timeless sense of the term. They consist of four friends who play tight and tuneful pop, harmonizing sweetly and delivering their songs with to-the-point sincerity.

Johnny Payne (vocals/guitar), Mike Komaszczuk (vocals/guitar), Daniel Colussi (vocals/bass) and Ben Frey (drums) met while playing in various bands in Vancouver, BC, and they formed The Shilohs in 2008. "We formed with the concept of being a band that writes short, snappy pop songs," Colussi remembers. "In Vancouver at the time, there were lots of stoner rock bands. We wanted to be different."

They released a self-titled EP in 2010, and signed to Light Organ Records for 2013's acclaimed debut full-length, So Wild. The album prompted Spin to praise the band's "delicious bit of Big Star-informed, Feelies-indebted pop," while The Vancouver Sun gave it four stars and called it "a golden pop-rock nugget."

Now, a little more than a year later, The Shilohs are back with a self-titled sophomore album. Once again, the collection was recorded with esteemed production duo John Collins and Dave Carswell (Destroyer, the New Pornographers), with sessions taking place at Vancouver's iconic Mushroom Studios (a.k.a. Hipposonic Studios) and at JC/DC Studios. Payne, Komaszczuk and Colussi all shared frontman duties, with each contributing his own material to the project.

 "It's less purposefully referencing country rock and power-pop," Colussi says of the sonically varied results. "It's a little bit more all over the place."

Payne agrees and adds, "There were three of us writing the songs, so it was inevitable. This time, it was a free-for-all. We have a bit more confidence, so we weren't afraid to make one song completely different from another."

This anything-goes approach is exemplified by the psych-tinged "Strange Connections," which is laced with manic guitars. "Queen Light Queen Dark" culminates in a similarly noisy six-string freakout, while "Bless Those Boys" is a sprawling piano ballad with flourishes of baroque strings, and "Days of Wine" closes the album with beautifully bittersweet violin.

Elsewhere, breezy cuts like "Student of Nature," "Champagne Days" and "Palm Readers" display The Shilohs' enduring love of harmony-laced pop. Some of these songs were recorded entirely live to tape, while others were built using more meticulous layering.

The outfit have spent the better part of 2014 travelling across North America with Real EstateTennis, and The Fresh and Onlys, and more tours are planned for later in the year. With three songwriters operating at the top of their game, the band is continuing to churn out classic-sounding slices of pop magic. Not beholden to the past, nor concerned with blazing new trails, The Shilohs are living proof that catchy hooks and honest lyricism will never go out of style.

Lyrics

Student of Nature

Written By: Johnny Payne

No one ever told me
'bout the door that leads into a heart
And how it closes just as soon as you start to be a friend
But you love that little wild one
Run around and have too much fun
Oh yeah

Valerie told me
That she just isn't ready for love
But maybe she's not ready to discover something real
But we did alright after midnight
Clutching hands, holding on so tight
Oh yeah
But she's cool she's a student of nature
Drowning in her collages and papers
She's half a page in the New York Times
It's so easy

Baby I've never felt this way before
But people tell me there ain't no use in
Hangin' round just to hear the excuses

I was tracking a moonbeam
Hit the water then it's turning and bending
Bouncing back and then I know he's defending his cloud
Easy comin' and goin'
Easy talkin' not showin' me nothin’
Oh no

There's no disguising the student of nature
You can tell by the lines on his face 
And he's been gettin' around in his hometown
Believe me

Palm Readers

Written By: Mike Komaszczuk

Imitations come and go
A needless love from the only boy to know
Corral all the pretty things
Teach me to tell what only age could bring

When palm readers took the time

Memories upon the hill
Went back to school, the beginning years of june.

Expectations rarely known
Another day
All images were thrown

When palm readers took the time

I'd like to leave it there and covet it as she may of

Discography

2012 - Private Lives / English Roads (EP)
2013 - So Wild (LP)
2014 - The Shilohs (LP)