The Silos

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OriginNew York City, U.S.
Alternative rock
Roots rock
Years active1985–present
LabelsRecord Collect
Checkered Past
Blue Rose
Sonic Pyramid
Associated actsThe Vulgar Boatmen
The Setters
MembersWalter Salas-Humara
Konrad Meissner
Rod Hohl
Jason Victor
Bruce Martin
Past membersBob Rupe
Mary Rowell
John Galway
John Ross
Brian Doherty
Graham Maby
Kenny Margolis
J.D. Foster
Darren Hess
Tom Freund
Scott Garber
Manny Verzosa
R. Walt Vincent
Gary Sunshine
Jon Tessler
Josema X
Angel Cubero
Drew Glackin
Jeff Muendel

The Silos is an American rock band formed by Walter Salas-Humara and Bob Rupe in New York City, United States in 1985.


Prior to starting the Silos, Salas-Humara had been a member of The Vulgar Boatmen, and Rupe was in Florida bands, The Roll N Pinz, The Cichlids, Crank and The Bobs. The Silos put out the independently released album About Her Steps in 1986, which received a warm critical reception. The band's 1987 follow-up album, Cuba, also independently released, received even more recognition. The Silos were named Best New Artist in the Rolling Stone magazine critics' poll.[1][2] Cuba continues to be cited as highly influential among alternative country artists.[citation needed] The band subsequently signed to RCA Records and released their self-titled third album, produced by Salas-Humara and Rupe along with Peter Moore. Commonly referred to as "the bird album" or "The One With The Bird On The Cover," The Silos led to the band's network TV debut appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.

Salas-Humara quit the band following the release of The Silos, and purchased the rights to The Silos name from Rupe in 1991, thus dissolving the partnership.[3] Subsequent albums included Hasta La Victoria (1992), Susan Across The Ocean (1994), Heater and its remix companion Cooler (both 1998). After Heater was recorded, Salas-Humara turned the band into a three piece with Drew Glackin on bass and lap steel guitar and Konrad Meissner on drum and backing vocals. The subsequent records were Laser Beam Next Door (2001), When The Telephone Rings (2004), and the live This Highway Is A Circle followed. Bloodshot Records released the Silos' 2007 offering, Come On Like The Fast Lane. In 2008, Glackin died.[4] Salas-Humara and Meissner continue to perform with other players. In 2011, the band released Florizona with Rod Hohl playing bass, Bruce Martin on keyboards and Jason Victor on guitar.

Salas-Humara has also released the solo albums, Lagartija (1988) (which also featured Bob Rupe), Radar (1995) and most recently, Curve and Shake (2014). He joined Alejandro Escovedo and Michael Hall in a side project called the Setters. The novelist and music aficionado Jonathan Lethem called Salas-Humara "a melodic genius, one of our greatest songwriters."[5] Rolling Stone said Salas-Humara "has a deft songwriting touch, creating terse, stripped-down songs as elegant as Shaker furniture.[6]

Bob Rupe went on to record with House of Freaks, Gutterball and Sparklehorse. He was a member of Cracker from 1994 to 2000 and has appeared as a guest artist on releases by many other artists.


  • 1985: About Her Steps (Record Collect)
  • 1987 Cuba (Record Collect)
  • 1990: The Silos (aka The One with the Bird on the Cover) (RCA) U.S. #140[7]
  • 1992 Hasta la Victoria! (Normal Records)
  • 1994 Susan Across the Ocean (Watermelon Records)
  • 1994 Diablo (European version of Susan Across the Ocean) (Normal Records)
  • 1994 Ask the Dust: Recordings 1980-1988 (reissue of About Her Steps and Lagartija [Walter Salas-Humara]) (Watermelon Records)
  • 1997 Long Green Boat (Greatest Hits with live tracks) (Last Call Records)
  • 1998 Heater (Checkered Past Records)
  • 1998 Cooler (Re-mixes of Heater) (Normal Records)
  • 2001 Barcelona (Live) (Return to Sender Records/Normal Mail Order)
  • 2001 Laser Beam Next Door (Checkered Past Records)
  • 2001 Nuestra Vida (Greatest Hits) (Discmedi)
  • 2004 When the Telephone Rings (Dualtone Records)
  • 2006 This Highway Is a Circle (Live CD + DVD) (Blue Rose Records)
  • 2007 Come On Like the Fast Lane (Bloodshot Records)
  • 2011 Florizona' (Sonic Pyramid)

Related projects[edit]

  • 1988 Walter Salas-Humara, Lagartija (Record Collect)
  • 1990 The Vulgar Boatmen, You and Your Sister (Record Collect)
  • 1992 The Vulgar Boatmen, Please Panic (Safe House Records)
  • 1993 The Setters, The Setters (with Alejandro Escovedo and Michael Hall) (Blue Million Miles Records; re-released in 1994 on Watermelon Records)
  • 1994 Walter Salas-Humara, Lean (Live) (Return to Sender Records/Normal Mail Order)
  • 1994 Walter Salas-Humara, Ask the Dust: Recordings 1980-1988 (reissue of About Her Steps and Lagartija [solo]) (Watermelon Records)
  • 1995 The Vulgar Boatmen, Opposite Sex (Blanco y Negro)
  • 1996 The Setters, Dark Ballad Trash (Return to Sender Records/Normal Mail Order)
  • 1996 Walter Salas-Humara, Radar (Watermelon Records)
  • 2000 Woozy, Woozy (with Dave Bassett) (Last Call Records)
  • 2008 I'm Not Jim (with novelist Jonathan Lethem), You Are All My People (Bloodshot Records)
  • 2014 Walter Salas-Humara, Curve and Shake (Sonic Pyramid)


  1. ^ Rolling Stone, February 28, 1987, "Rolling Stone Critics Poll 1987" (behind their firewall), Rolling Stone
  2. ^ "Walter Salas-Humara". Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  3. ^ "Lifer Bands: Staying A Fan Through Thick And Thin : The Record". 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  4. ^ Friends of Drew Glackin (2008-01-05). "Drew Glackin". Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  5. ^ David Callicott (2008-09-11). "Jonathan Lethem Teams Up With the Silos Founder to Create New Band, I'm Not Jim - New York Magazine". Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Billboard, AllMusic

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