Shiloe - …And Now the Screaming Starts
Record Label: New & Used Records
Release Date: October 14, 2008
Shiloe are a three piece band from Los Angeles, California, and according to their website their sound combines “the atmosphere of Interpol” and the “roughness of Sonic Youth.” I’d say this is a pretty accurate description, as Shiloe employs an indie/post-rock musical style with a dark atmospheric feel. The vocals are carried in a melodic punk rock fashion, and sound casually delivered, yet don’t lack passion, coming off slightly comparable to Steve Snere from These Arms Are Snakes, except less aggressive.
…And Now the Screaming Starts begins with “Gone”, perhaps the best and catchiest track on the EP. The vocals and music have a real atmospheric feel, and the drums have this groove to them that helps keep the track moving (again comparable to These Arms Are Snakes). “What Happened to the World in Your Hands” follows up with more dark, atmospheric post-rock, and the vocals are a little less clean, adding an enjoyable rawness to the music. “Alarms” has a less laid back feel to it, with more rock and roll style guitars and aggressive percussion. “Character Witness” has less of a dark tone and more of an indie rock vibe, showing that Shiloe can change things up a bit, though the vocal delivery fails to vary on this track or really anywhere throughout the EP. The 6:12 “Death of Madame Mustache” finishes off the EP with a brooding buildup that never really reaches a climax, but is a strong finishing track nonetheless.
Though …And Now the Screaming Starts is a solid 5 track release showcasing Shiloe’s unique style and consistent songwriting throughout, unfortunately it lacks any substantial variety in terms of musical and vocal delivery. However all is not lost, as Shiloe show huge potential in terms of a unique sound, and with a little growth their next release could be one to watch out for. All in all this EP is enjoyable, though the lack of variety really limits its’ lasting value.