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.