When: Fri., Sept. 6 2013
THE SHILOHS When charged that their music didn’t reflect their hometown scene, Canadian combo the Shilohs replied with the tuneful “This is Vancouver Music,” which posited that good songs aren’t defined by geography. Point taken. Drawing from a grab bag of snappy ’60s and ’70s pop rock, including Motown-by-way-of-the-Beatles bop, the art-damaged Americana of Van Dyke Parks, the heart-on-sleeve exuberance of Big Star and the muffled strum-and-whisper of the closet mix of the Velvet Underground’s third LP, the Shilohs craft tasteful sunshine and haze power pop about romance. Still, the Shilohs get little love in return. Their 2010 debut LP, So Wild, didn’t get a U.S. release until this year, and critics complained that the disc isn’t wild enough, consisting of retro recreations of classic Brit-pop flavored with touches of Crazy Horse distortion. Yet that assessment ignores that the Shilohs’ nods to “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” Muswell Hillbillies-era Kinks and the horn-driven arrangements of Wings make their earworm melodies even more captivating. Their lyrics may be lovelorn tropes, but the difference between cliché and archetype is context, and the Shilohs’ verses and choruses are nestled within great pop songs.