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Shiloe, Mellowdrone and theSTART @ the Troubadour

November 23, 2009

Los Angeles-based post-punk group Shiloe are set to open for psychedelic trio Mellowdrone and indie glam group theSTART at the Troubadour, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious clubs, on Saturday, December 12th. Orange County post-punkers Cat Party round out the strong local bill.

Shiloe, who are currently at work on their debut full-length to be released in early 2010, have been making waves with their new single, “By the Daggers in Your Eyes.” The song, which combines a driving beat and pulsing distorted bass line with instantly memorable lyrics and vocal melodies, has been described as “the ideal anthem for the edgiest movie John Hughes never made.” The track entered the Triple A SubModern radio charts at #11 – the highest debut for any self-released single that week – and continued in the Top 25 for several subsequent weeks. Prominent local supporters include KROQ’s Kat Corbett and KCRW’s Nic Harcourt, who wrote of the band, “Fuzzy sharp riffs bring My Bloody Valentine to mind, but have no doubt Shiloe are doing their own thing.” Shiloe was also recently selected as the Deli Magazine’s “Band of the Month” in an online reader’s poll, and their recent appearance at the Troubadour opening for San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma garnered “the best [turnout]…for an opening band in my history of going to L.A. shows” according to Jim Markunas, editor of CWG Magazine.

Mellowdrone will be playing in support of their second full-length, Angry Bear, released in August, which L.A. Record has called “rich and thick with heavy lo-fi goodness. …their definitive album.” Headliners theSTART, who have shared the stage with artists ranging from Weezer to Garbage to She Wants Revenge, will be showcasing their signature brand of “decadent yet insistent…ballsy synth-based sound” (Subbacultcha Magazine), most recently heard on their 2007 album Ciao, Baby. Cat Party, who have been described as “rockin’ and a little quirky” by Thrasher Magazine, will be opening the night at 8 PM sharp.

Tickets for the show are available directly from the Troubadour or via Ticketmaster.

More Shiloe
Two Nights Of Shiloe
Shiloe Live Pics (Troubador)
Download “By The Daggers In Your Eyes
Download “The Death Of Madame Mustache

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Two Nights With Shiloe

November 5, 2009

Written By: Jim Markunas
(Editor-In-Chief)

See all of our live pictures of Shiloe here.

At the risk of sounding like a band-aid, Shiloe, in my opinion, is one of the best and freshest indie bands in Los Angeles. This is a rarity. I came to L.A. with the misguided notion that every band in town would be awesome, as this is where the majority of mainstream bands come from. I was disheartened to find that a lot of acts in Los Angeles suck just as much as the bands throughout the rest of the country. With that said, I’m always excited to find a new gem. In 2006, this was the After Midnight Project, in late 2009, it’s Shiloe.

With a totally crushable bass player and a drummer that’s ape-shit crazy on stage, Shiloe’s balls-to-the-wall rhythym section is a perfect pairing, or paradigm, to Ken’s subdued-yet-pretty vocals and surf effects-ladden lead guitar. The dichotomy between the thumping bass (Melissa is an exceptional player), the sparkling clean guitar, and drums that sound like Jimmy Chamberlain dueling with U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., makes Shiloe’s music interesting and fun. I also like the banter: Melissa banters with the audience, Ken banters with Melissa, it makes that transitional period between songs less boring. I guess you could say I’m pro-banter.

Anyhow, on Halloween, CWG threw the wildest party ever at the CWG Mansion in the Hollywood Hills. We convinced Shiloe a few weeks in advance to headline the event. They graciously accepted, and history was made.

Fast-forward to 10:00PM on Halloween night; patrons, free-loaders, fans of Shiloe, and people dressed in a variety of costumes (my favorite being the guy in the full Gumby suit), stood in line halfway down the side of the canyon surrounding our mansion. They had come for the gala of a lifetime – a chance to see Shiloe streamed live over the internet for CWG Magazine’s first-ever live concert series, and of course the opportunity to party until 4AM in a giant mansion.

Party-goers as far as the eye could see passed through the mansion’s front door, down three flights of stairs, and out onto the lower balcony (our mansion had 4) for the kegs, full bar, and scheduled performance.

Anticipation grew, as our sound engineer running the live stream fussed over the sound check; he wanted everything to sound perfect, and it did. The audience was half-lit, as the band finally ripped into their opening song; an hour later than scheduled. The stream went off without a hitch, and the crowd exploded, dancing through Shiloe’s whole set. As Shiloe attempted to put their instruments down, a guy dressed in a full Gumby suit grabbed the microphone and demanded the band do an encore. The crown roared in approval. Shiloe put their instruments back on and rocked the crowd for the rowdiest encore in Halloween history.

After a short meet-and-greet with fans, Shiloe packed up, and the crowd funneled back into the mansion for drinks and all-night music from three of L.A.’s best local DJs.

I was so unbelievably blown away by Shiloe’s Halloween performance, I had to go see them at the Troubador the following night. They had the opening slot for Black Gold/Girl in a Coma. I showed up ridiculously early (a rarity for me), and waited in anticipation. People started to trickle into the venue as Shiloe had taken the stage.

“Oh my God, they have a girl bass player!” shouted one of the girls in the front row. Melissa winked at her while strapping on her bass. They opened with the same song as the previous night, as the crowd, previously not knowing what to expect, began to bob their heads to the music. The first song ended and the audience erupted in applause. The venue began to fill up as Shiloe played through their set, making for a very decent turn-out (the best I’ve seen for an opening band in my history of going to L.A. shows)

My one and only complaint about Shiloe’s Troubador show was that there was no encore!

These guys are definitely worth checking out! See the links under the top picture for more info.

Shiloe Live @ The CWG Mansion (Full Set)

Shiloe Live @ The CWG Mansion (Encore)

Two Nights of Shiloe

October 19, 2009

As the press, we try not to play favorites, but L.A.’s Shiloe are one of our favorite local bands. They’re performing two nights in Los Angeles, one at our Halloween party @ The CWG Mansion (see front of page for address and directions) and one @ the Troubador the following night.

Shiloe’s performance at our Halloween party will be streamed live on the internet via Ustream.com (for those of you not in L.A.)

The following night, Shiloe are set to open for Girl in a Coma atthe Troubadour, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious clubs, on Sunday, November1st.

Shiloe, who are currently at work on their debut full-lengthto be released in early 2010, have been making waves with their new single,”By the Daggers in Your Eyes.” The song, which combines a drivingbeat and pulsing distorted bass line with instantly memorable lyrics and vocalmelodies, has been described as “the ideal anthem for the edgiest movieJohn Hughes never made.” The track entered the Triple A SubModern radiocharts at #11 – the highest debut for any self-released single that week – andcontinued in the Top 25 for several subsequent weeks. Prominent localsupporters include KROQ’s Kat Corbett and KCRW’s Nic Harcourt. Shiloe was alsorecently selected as the Deli Magazine’s “Band of the Month” in anonline reader’s poll.

An all-girl three-piece hailing from San Antonio, Texas,Girl in a Coma count Morrissey, Tegan and Sara and Joan Jett among their many fans. The trio are signed toJett’s record label, Blackheart Records, which recently released theirsophomore album, Trio B.C. Joining them on tour are the Brooklyn-based duoBlack Gold, who are currently set to open one of the upcoming Pixies shows atthe Hollywood Palladium.

The Troubadour show, which is expected to sell out, will include a Dia de los Muertos themed set by Shiloe to honor the post-Halloween Mexican holiday. Tickets are available from the venue or via Ticketmaster.

By The Daggers In Your Eyes.mp3 (from upcoming full-length, title TK)
The Death Of Madame Mustache.mp3 (from …And Now the Screaming Starts EP)

Shiloe – Madame Mustache

September 12, 2009

The Death Of Madame Mustache.mp3
(from …And Now the Screaming Starts EP)

Shiloe – By The Daggers In Your Eyes

September 11, 2009

By The Daggers In Your Eyes.mp3
(from upcoming full-length, title TK)

L.A.-Based Shiloe Release New Single

September 10, 2009

By The Daggers In Your Eyes.mp3 (from upcoming full-length, title TK)

The Death Of Madame Mustache.mp3 (from …And Now the Screaming Starts EP)

Popular Los Angeles-based post-punk group Shiloe have released the debut single from their new album, due in early 2010.

The song, which combines a driving beat and pulsing distorted bass line with instantly memorable lyrics and vocal melodies, has been described as “the ideal anthem for the edgiest movie John Hughes never made.” It begs the question, What if Ally Sheedy had decided to stay goth at the end of The Breakfast Club instead of accepting Molly Ringwald’s makeover? Essentially, it’s a three-minute love letter to anyone who’s ever been proud to be different.

After releasing three successful EPs, both on their own and through San Francisco-based indie upstart New & Used Records, anticipation is running high for the band’s first ever LP. The trio, who have been compared musically to bands ranging from the Cramps to the Pixies, have built their reputation on the songwriting prowess and onstage intensity of founding members Ken Ramos (vocals/guitar) and Melissa Pleckham (bass). While many bands boast a couple at their core, these two have taken their romantic relationship to new heights with their symbiotic songwriting style: Ramos writes the music, while Pleckham focuses largely on crafting the lyrics he will sing.

The two are joined onstage and in the studio by their two drummers, Dan Moore and Daniel Clifford, who enhance the songs with their powerful rhythmic styles to complete the Shiloe sound. The music, which has made its reputation in Los Angeles for being both unapologetically dark and unrelentingly loud, combines the driving force of Sleater-Kinney with the atmosphere of Interpol, tied together with the roughness of the punk bands that Ramos grew up listening to in his native Orange County.

Shiloe has already caused a stir among some of the most influential tastemakers in music, including KROQ, Indie 103.1, Spin magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and Filter magazine, who recently chose to feature the band on a compilation CD alongside such artists as Portishead and Great Northern, as well as the BBC and the Mexican station RadioAlterno, who flew the band to Mexico City to perform for fans.

Veteran musicians are also taking notice: In June of 2009, Shiloe was personally invited to co-headline Sonic Youth’s official West Coast record release party for The Eternal at Origami Vinyl in Echo Park, where they played alongside former Sonic Youth tourmates Pocahaunted. The band has also shared bills with notable performers including the Henry Clay People, Gliss, War Tapes, Mike Watt, Giant Drag, and Pretty Girls Make Graves, among others.

Shiloe’s as-yet-untitled debut full-length is currently in production in Los Angeles.