July 19--Johnny Payne can't wait to experience some American hospitality. In fact, he's looking forward to it. "This is going to be our first real chunk of touring as a band," he says from his home in Vancouver, B.C. "We're so excited for this tour."
Payne is a member of the Canadian indie rock band The Shilohs.
The band, which includes Mike Komaszczuk, Daniel Colussi and Ben Frey, has just released its debut album "So Wild" in the United States.
The Shilohs have been popping up on various music sites with the label of "buzz band."
"It's something that we try not to get caught up in," Payne says. "We're grateful that people are reacting positively to our music. It's just great we can create music."
The album was released in Canada a few years ago, so it's been a waiting game for the band to get its feet to touch down in the United States.
"It has been difficult for us because the album was recorded so long ago," he says. "We're still very proud of the album, it's just that we have enough material now for two new albums."
Payne says that, while the music may be old to the band, it's fresh to the audience.
He says that while writing the band always remains true to itself.
"We've had other stuff ready and we had no problem scrapping it," he says. "The songs on the album made the cut for a reason. They stand up with time and represent the band really well."
While the whole band contributes writing music, it's Payne and Colussi who write most of the material.
"We always have fun when we're working together," he says. "I do like to give Ben (Frey) a hard time because I used to be a drummer and give him some tips on getting it right."
While Payne has been in bands since he was a teen, he says songwriting didn't occur to him until he was in his early 20s.
"I wrote some songs as a teen, and they were so bad," he says. "I was 23 when I started writing and having people listen to them. That's what started me on this journey."
Payne says The Shilohs are looking forward to touring the U.S. and getting more people listening to its music.
"This is our opportunity to introduce ourselves to all the new people," he says. "It's important that we make our best impression. We're going to work hard, though we do want to take in some American culture." The Shilohs
With The Palace Flophouse
WHEN AND WHERE:
9 p.m. Monday, The Underground at Evangelo's, 200 W. San Francisco St.
$7 at holdmyticket. com or 886-1251 and $5 at Evangelo's at the door.
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