February 13, 2018

Rat Silo play loud strong set at LanaLous Vancouver

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Rat Silo played an intimate and fantastically loud show at LanaLou’s late Friday night. Opening for Rat Silo was Molly Griffin. A beautiful talented voice, her band played a cover of the Rolling Stones “Down Home Girl”. I loved her voice and style, very rock and roll-esque, yet classy mixed with blues.

Rat Silo, (who’s frontman Jim Newton is famous for previous band Sons of Freedom) played a short but strong set which didn’t start until very late into the evening. I was unfamiliar with Rat Silo before the show so was expecting a slow quiet show (due to the intimate setting) but when the guitars, drum, and bass started in I was proved wrong.

They cranked up the volume high! I was quite surprised by their loud punk rock, it was almost like, 80s post punk, but with heavier refined guitar and drum tone. They started the show with “Duh” a song reminiscent of Jim Morrison. Everyone at Lana Lou’s was paying attention and I loved Jim’s attitude when he plays, you can tell he was in the zone throughout the show.

Rat Silo played a little more then half an hour, a bit of a bummer if you ask me, I wanted to hear at least another 4 or 5 songs!  They closed the show at midnight sharp, something past punk forefathers would probably be against but I was glad to have the songs we did get.

I enjoyed the different pacing of the setlist playing off their 3 albums; “Duh” a fast song to start then “Ass Camp” to get everyone pumped and then toning it down mid set and closing the show off with “Oh, Fuck Off Tony”. With on-point drums, fast impeccable guitar riffs, and the band all dressed in black shirts, these 80’s punk rockers showed they still have it in them to perform. I’m honestly sold for a small intimate show.

Solid 8/10 (only because it was too short). Rat Silo – one of Vancouver better punk bands – check these guys out at their next show and remember to support your local scene!

Rat Silo is Don Binns (Sons of Freedom) -Bass, Finn Manniche -Guitar, Jim Newton (Sons of Freedom) -Vocals, Dave Osborne (54-40) -Piano/Organ, Sean Stubbs (Jakalope, Bif Naked) -Drums.

Rat Silo next show: Friday March 2 at Stylus Records -check out the Facebook event for more info.

written by Emilio Angel
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