Walter Salas-Humara—Curve and Shake
Release date: August 12, 2014
FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Singer/songwriter and visual artist Walter Salas-Humara was conceived in Havana, born in New York City and raised in Southern Florida. His rock band The Silos was voted Best New American Band in the Rolling Stone Critics’ Poll of 1987, and according to The New York Times, “His austere style inflects the astringent twang of The Velvet Underground with the drone of R.E.M. and adds countryish echoes that recall Gram Parsons.”
Over the last 25 years, The Silos have recorded 12 albums, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and put in thousands of days on the road. Salas-Humara has also recorded two previous solo albums -- 1988’s Lagartija and 1995’s Radar -- and on August 12, 2014, he will release his third, entitled Curve and Shake, distributed by The Orchard.
For the album, Salas-Humara enlists Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons (backing band on “What We Can Bring” and “The Craziest Feeling”), up-and-coming Ontario, California band Groove Session (backing band on “Satellite” and “Uncomplicated”) and musicians/vocalists Charlie Salas-Humara, Marius Libman of the Portland art-rock band Sun Angle, Ryan Williams, Sarven Manguiat, Wally Ingram, Jason Victor, Aaron English and Amy Daggett.
As Rolling Stone contributing editor and long-time fan Anthony DeCurtis states in his liner notes: “That sense of being untethered from certainties, of floating, permeates Curve and Shake. The feeling is gentle, not quite scary, but with an element of unease. Letting go of expectations combines aspects of sadness, freedom and even wonder. How and why did things go so wrong? But if the world is so fluid, perhaps they can go right again. ‘Does it have to be so hard?... So many things can go wrong if you try and understand them,’ Walter sings in ‘Uncomplicated.’ The implication is that letting go and giving yourself over to life’s inevitable twists and turns, its curves and shakes, rather than trying to control them, is a likelier path to happiness.”
An accomplished painter who splits his time between Flagstaff, Arizona and NYC, and whose work is featured in the Universal Pictures release Get Him to the Greek starring Jonah Hill and Russell Brand, Salas-Humara painted and designed the cover art for Curve and Shake. For more about his paintings, visit: waltersdogs.com
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Release date: April 20, 2011
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NEW YORK, NY – March 8, 2011 – The Silos announce the release of their highly anticipated studio album titled Florizona, due out April 20th. This ten track album marks the 10th studio release from Walter Salas-Humara and The Silos – his 23rd if you count all the solo and side projects. And like the groundbreaking Cuba 25 years ago, this eclectic mix of stories set against an intrepid musical palette suggests its own country – some outpost of the imagination where a transient population is protected under its own flag and itinerant misfits can find momentary solace.
"Florizona is all about connecting the past with the wisdom of having lived through it”, says Walter Salas-Humara, chief songwriter and front man of the legendary indie rock/alt-country band. The album tells universal stories of adolescence and beyond, from the perspective of someone who has moved through time and people. Which is how a spooky reverie like “Coming from the Grave”, an ode to the promise and perfection of youth like “Teenage Prayer”, and a sing-along anthem to desperate fun like “Getting Trashed” can all have the same target in mind. From the pop psychedelia of "White Vinyl" to the border shuffle of "Hold You in My Arms," the sound and images continually conduct an inquiry into what was learned for every true thing gained.
Florizona is dedicated to the amazing life, extraordinary times, and everlasting memory of Drew Glackin, the long time Silos bassist and guitarist who passed away in 2008 just as the seeds of this album were first being planted, and whose memory is inevitably present in their bounty. Drew's spirit hovers in "On Your Way Home". Sung in a raspy tenor over a downy bed of sustained guitar, this heartfelt homage crashes through the wall of self-imposed melancholy into redemption, celebration and something approaching grace, dragging the rest of the album along with it. The takeaway -- in the song, the album and Florizona as an emotional landscape -- is a hard-won joy.
Alternating roar and drone, squalling punk inflected rockers and spacious layered guitars, catchy choruses and poetic verse, the album is introspective and enlightened, yet surprisingly noisy and brash for such veterans. The maturity and wisdom inherent in this music doesn't minimize the sweaty fun to be had. David Dye gushed on the World Cafe about Florizona, "Heck I'd buy that just for the title of the album. That's a great name!"
About The Silos
The Silos buzz with rock energy reminiscent of the proto-punk Lower East Side legends The Velvet Underground, punched up with pop melodies that resuscitates a sound that never went out of style. The songs play out like minimalist short stories framed by the spacious, guitar-heavy arrangements that add depth and transcendence, but can switch to ferocious, hook-laden rock to part the clouds and land back on terra ﬁrma. Naked honesty and joyous melodies never sounded so good together. It will come as no surprise that early in their career, The Silos were named “Best New American Band” by Rolling Stone magazine and made their national television appearance on the David Letterman Show. After numerous critically acclaimed albums and thousands of days on the road, it is heartening to know that the band continues to make brilliance look easy.
“The band’s austere style inflects the astringent twang of The Velvet Underground with
the drone of R.E.M. and adds countryish echoes that recall Gram Parsons.”
Stephen Holden The New York Times
“Powerful earthy pop that sounds like the result of Nirvana riding on R.E.M’s tour bus.”
Buzz McClain The Washington Post
"Someday we'll brag about them to our grandchildren, they're that good."
Bill Flanagan Musician Magazine
Walter Salas-Humara—voice and guitar
Rod Hohl—guitar, bass, dobro, lap steel and supporting voice
Konrad Meissner—drums, percussion and supporting voice
- Coming From The Grave
- On Your Way Home
- White Vinyl
- Teenage Prayer
- Hold You In My Arms
- Getting Trashed
- Election Day
- Never Lost The Sunshine
- The Ring Of Trees