nuInterview 2: weekend special with Silo The Huskie
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Throughout the duration of their years playing together (the number of which
is in and of itself a laudable achievement for any band) they’ve stuck to
their guns, perfecting their unique brand of Midwestern roots rock that fits the
brutally honest and sincere lyricism of songwriter Brian Barlup like a glove.
Eleven years is a long time for anything – at least a third or even a half a
lifetime for anyone reading this. Sure the band has done a lot during that time,
but to simply provide a list of their achievements or to file this away as
simply another rock release would be to do yourself and this record a serious
disservice. The individual members have grown up with Silo the Huskie and the
band with them. It’s never been more obvious than on this forthcoming full
length, Sons of Columbus, that it’s been time well spent.
If you read the lyrics while you’re listening to the disc (when’s the last
time you actually cared enough about a band to do that?) it all makes perfect
sense. Although not all the band members are from Columbus, Oh, they’ve ended up
there for one reason or another, so the title is Silo’s nod to and everything
that involves living in that city. The music is a reflection of the band’s
accumulative experiences over the past three years. The disc promises a lot and
picks up where their last release (Silo the Huskie, Cargo/Headhunter) left
The first track, “When to Run” is a welcome mat, inviting you in. The
following songs sit you down and lock the doors, but you don’t mind, because the
chair is comfortable and for the first time in a long time, you’re actually
enjoying the conversation you’re having. You talk about work… a lot; but it’s
good. It’s inevitable and worthwhile and it’s something to take pride in. You talk
about traveling with your friends and missing your family at home. You talk
about heritage and reconciliation. You talk about music, and you both agree
that corporate rock can eat a dick. Most of all you talk about getting older, and
you resign yourself to keep plugging away, no matter what. That said, the
doors opens and you leave – there’s always more work to do.
After a short hiatus, the members of Silo are ready to shoulder their burden
once again. With a new record, a new label and plans to resume touring as soon
as possible, the boys have their work cut out for them.
7TH GRADE ARMWRESTLING CHAMP
WHEN TO RUN
FOUR AND TWENTY
:::The History Of Tiberius:::
Originally founded in 1996 by Rick McCarty, Mike Montgomery, and Toby Weiss
to release recordings by their band, thistle, TIBERIUS has continued growing to
encompass and support their various other musical interests. With a
heightened emphasis on songcraft and melody, the label is heading wherever engaging,
expressive music will take it.
With the addition of the hulking, guitar-driven rock band, El Gigante, and
the subsequent release of their critically acclaimed, The Official Guide to Loss
, along with the release of thistle’s stunning releases, Sea Legs, & The
Oxygen EP, TIBERIUS is slated to ring in the new year with a slate-full of great
new music. Beginning in mid-2002 with the release of the first full-length from
instrumental rockers, Ampline, the future looks indeed very bright.
While they don’t eschew any notions of becoming the next label de Moment, or
cultural hub for Indie Rock’s disposessed, label founders McCarty, Montgomery,
and Weiss will assuredly continue using their anonymity within the industry
to navigate through the established framework, seeking out the great bands that
fall through the cracks.
The reign of Tiberius (b. 42 B.C., d. A.D. 37, emperor A.D. 14-37) is a
particularly important one for the Principate, since it was the first occasion when
the powers designed for Augustus alone were exercised by somebody else. []
In contrast to the approachable and tactful Augustus, Tiberius emerges from
the sources as an enigmatic and darkly complex figure, intelligent and cunning,
but given to bouts of severe depression and dark moods that had a great
impact on his political career as well as his personal relationships. His reign
abounds in contradictions. Despite his keen intelligence, he allowed himself to
come under the influence of unscrupulous men who, as much as any actions of his
own, ensured that Tiberius’s posthumous reputation would be unfavorable;
despite his vast military experience, he oversaw the conquest of no new region for
the empire; and despite his administrative abilities he showed such
reluctance in running the state as to retire entirely from Rome and live out his last
years in isolation on the island of Capri. His reign represents, as it were,
the adolescence of the Principate as an institution. Like any adolescence, it
proved a difficult time.
“We were trying to sell them a perception of us, while they were trying to
sell us a perception of what they wanted us to be,” Cline remembers of Cargo. ”
Soon we learned that they weren’t what they made themselves out to be, and to
a degree we weren’t what they wanted.”
“Well, it’s much better being in a band and being a carpenter, rather than
just being a fucking carpenter,” Barlup says. “Regardless, we will still be
playing, but I don’t think anyone would want to deal with a bunch of old-fogey