local and I’m listening: Silian Rail


Silian Rail at this year’s Rock Make Street Festival, August 24, 2008

If you’ve been following my radio show playlists over the last couple months, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been playing one band pretty consistently: SF locals Silian Rail. First KZSU had their Spring Tour EP on our new file and then their new album And I You, to Pieces came through. I’ve been listening to and really enjoying both of these records.

Silian Rail’s music falls in between a number of categories. In terms of bands that I hear similarities to, Unwed Sailor’s tunes would be the closest. It’s instrumental but it doesn’t have the usual repetitive features or crescendos and decrescendos heard in post rock. The drumming is interesting and active like math rock drumming but the music doesn’t have the time shifts. It has pop song structures but these are not actually pop songs, or really songs in that they lack lyrics.

But regardless of how you try to classify this music–I’ve just been calling it instrumental indie rock–it’s engaging and has stood up to my repeated listens really well.

Silian Rail – Drunken Boat (mp3, from Spring Tour EP)

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Silian Rail – Awake (mp3, from And I You, to Pieces)

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Having seen the band at this year Rock Make Street Festival, I can tell you that they put on a good live show. The CD release show for And I You, to Pieces is next Wednesday:

10/22 Silian Rail, Aarrows, Neveragain @ Bottom of the Hill, 9pm, $8, a/a

They have various dates in the Bay Area and Northern California in the next couple months. You can find those at the band’s myspace. To buy the album, And I You, to Pieces use the paypal link on their myspace page.

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