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Origin Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Genres Noise rock, stoner rock, sludge metal
Years active 1991–1998, 2015-present
Labels Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop
Associated acts Dead Low Tide, Enemymine, Smoke & Smoke
Members Dan Haugh
Mike Kunka
Past members Phil Leitch

godheadSilo is a noise rock duo formed in Fargo, North Dakota but based itself in Olympia, Washington. The duo comprised bassist Mike Kunka and drummer Dan Haugh, who had grown up together in Fargo.

They were known for their loud "wall of sound" live performances, which were full of raging drums, screaming and a gigantic heavy bass sound.[1][2] Mike employed many effects pedals and a large wall of amps to create his thunderous sound.[3] The groups sound is considered to be damaging, for both members of the band experience discomfort from the low bass tone of their music.[4]


godheadSilo originally started in 1991 as a three-piece, with Phil Leitch playing guitar.[5] Leitch left the band after their first show at Fargo's Moose Lodge. From then on, the band recorded and performed as a two-piece. Their debut was the their contribution to the Moo Bob Records compilation album Nodak: Distorted Hallucinations with the track "Pull" from 1992.

The group relocated to Olympia, Washington and were signed to local indie label Kill Rock Stars. They recorded and released their debut The Scientific Supercake L.P. in 1994 for Kill Rock Stars. The album is notable for its production; When played with the bass settings set to maximum, the album can cause damage to speakers and stereo systems.[6] After going through with a five-week long tour with Sebadoh, the group were signed to Sub Pop,[4] who subsequently released their next two full-lengths Skyward in Triumph in 1996 and Share the Fantasy in 1998. Although the band has been on hiatus since the release of Share the Fantasy in 1998, Mike and Dan joined forces with Murder City Devils vocalist Spencer Moody in a band called Smoke and Smoke, releasing the album Love Suffers Long in 2004.[3]

"Godheadsilo never really broke up," says Haugh, who lives in New Orleans. "I had a horrible accident, lost my ability to play drums for several years, and it was just kind of like a fade-away kind of thing." "I had an accident where my hand was almost cut off completely," Haugh says. "The doctors were like, 'You'll never play drums again.' A few years of intense physical and occupational therapy got it working again. It's still pretty wonky, but it can hold a drumstick just fine."[7]

In 2015, godheadSilo reunited to play a concert in commemoration of Ralph's Corner, a Moorhead, MN music venue that closed in 2005.[8] On April 1, 2016, Three Men and a Baby, a collaborative album between the Melvins and Mike Kunka, was released by Sub Pop. The album, which the Melvins recorded their parts back in 1998, was shelved and uncompleted until recently when Kunka and the Melvins finished it.[9]

The band will do a short US Tour in January 2017. At this time only 10 shows are planned. When asked about the future of the band, both members gave mixed responses. Haugh showed interest in recording while Kunka did not.[10]



  1. ^ Sprague, David (2007). "godheadSilo". Trouser Press. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Godheadsilo". Allmusic. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b admin (November 8, 2008). "Godheadsilo: Biography + Discography + Videos". I Heart Noise. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Joel Kelly, Brendan. "Threat Assessment: godheadSilo (1996-07-18)". phoenixnewtimes.com. Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  5. ^ Kelley, Brendan Joel (July 18, 1996). "Threat Assessment: godheadSilo". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Earles, Andrew (2014). Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996 (First ed.). 400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN: Voyager Press. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-7603-4648-8. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ Carson, Nathan (January 26, 2016). "Godheadsilo Thaws Out: The cult favorite '90s noise duo takes on 2016". Willamette Week. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lamb, John (July 23, 2015). "Thundering heard: godheadSilo reunites for Ralph's". INFORUM. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Zorgdrager, Bradley. "Melvins to Release Long-Lost Collaboration with Mike Kunka via Sub Pop". exclaim.ca. Exclaim!. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  10. ^ Hunt, Phil. "Compared To A Phanton godheadSilo Hasn't Left The Noise Behind... Yet". hpr1.com. HPR1. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 

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