The Shilohs

Vancouver power poppers The Shilohs  have the unerring ability to disappear completely into any of their influences.  That’s not to say that they wholly submerge their own musical identity, only that the band is able to channel the spirit of bands like The Byrds and Big Star without seeming to rely on cheap mimicry or rote imitation.  Continuing the now canonical sounds of breezy west coast pop that grew out of the early 70’s, the band melds jangling guitars, layers of sunny harmonies, and percussion that’ll have you tapping your toes in no time.  It would be easy to simply succumb to the temptation to impersonate their musical idols but The Shilohs strive for (and achieve) something far more difficult.  By acting as an impressionistic canvas for their own musical proclivities and preferences, they are able to successfully commune with the spirits of their influences without becoming a caricature of those same artists.  On their recently released record, So Wild, the band manage to effortlessly showcase their wildly imaginative take on this 70’s pop aesthetic.

For their recent single, the airy, bright jangle pop euphoria of “Get Ready Now,” the band draws on girl-group rhythms and Byrds-ian vocal harmonies that practically radiate the warmth of summer.  And their latest video for the track — an in-studio(bedroom) performance of the song — finds the band diving headfirst into the chiming guitars and hook-y percussion for which they’ve become known.  Displaying the casual ease born from a communal familiarity, the video shows the band taking their influences firmly in hand and showing us why we should feel the same way that they do about these particular artists.  It’s hard to deny that they make a compellng case.

Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the live video for “Get Ready Now,” taken from The Shilohs’ recent album, So Wild.

The Shilohs will be continuing their US tour in support of So Wild beginning at Coco 66 in Brooklyn on August 30th where they’ll perform with fellow jangle popsters Free Time.  They’ll also make a few festival stops, including Hopscotch and Midpoint Music Festival.  Check out their full itinerary below.

The Shilohs Tour Dates:
08/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Coco 66*
08/31 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
09/01 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie*
09/03 – Washington, DC – Black Cat*
09/04 – Harrisonburg, VA – Blue Nile*
09/05 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival*
09/06 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
09/07 – Asheville, NC – Jack of the Wood*
09/08 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
09/10 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Taproom
09/11 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s
09/12 – Lexington, KY – Willie’s
09/13 – St. Louis, MO – Plush
09/14 – Kansas City, MO – Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club
09/15 – Manhattan, KS – Auntie Mae’s Parlor
09/18 – Columbia, MO – Roxy’s
09/19 – Louisville, KY – Crash Avenue Showcase
09/21 – Indianapolis, IN – Do317 Lounge (My Old Kentucky Blog Presents)
09/24 – Chicago, IL – Red Line Tap
09/25 – Columbus, OH – Natalie’s Wood Fired Pizza
09/26 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09/27 – Canton, OH – The Auricle
09/28 – Toronto, ON – TBD
09/29 – Montreal, QC – TBD

*with Free Time