There's just something about The Shilohs ability to confound, they wield a plethora of instruments to get a spot-on sound, Beach Boys style doo-wop, Pixies inspired complexity and a Devon Williams like ability to transform the mundane into something instantly enjoyable. Opener "Get Ready Now" breaks the ice perfectly with a barrage of smooth riffs and an infectious optimism.
The album manages to deliver irrepressibly song after song, it's addictive listening. The songs might mostly maintain the same pace, but they still stand out with individual traits, So Wild won't pass you by in the blink of an eye. "Over and Over" gives the band a platform for their smoother, rhythm and blues style and only adds a vintage tinge to their charming brand of indie-rock. "Airliner Man" does the album one better charting a line between early surf rock and the ironically detached attitudes of modern indie music.
Lyrically the band seem like any other 'quirky' indie group, and a few may be a little vacuous. But in honesty the band's whimsically reflective sheen works perfectly with their clean and catchy instrumentation. Sometimes the lyrics take a back seat to the superb sounds coming from the instruments themselves, and don't think there's anything wrong with that. Closing track "You Don't Call Me Darling Anymore" works because you can pick out harmonies and see them fitting together in full glory.
This is what gives So Wild its sepia-like sixties tinge, each instrument had it's own job to do, and when it worked, it pushed the song to a new level. The fret-work is tightly-nit but can still be found pulling out mad little pieces of master riffery. The drum work too, will suddenly veer from the accepted 4.4 indie-style to some kind of Keith Moon inspired skin-destroying cymbal-smashing rampage.
With So Wild The Shilohs have marked themselves out as a driving force in the new wave of indie-entrepreneurs. And with several rave reviews already, it's looking like the band have already done their fair share in justifying the hype.
So Wild is out February 5th on Light Organ Records.
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