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Never Look Back

By Kaci Yoder

With handclaps, “honey harmonies” and a makeshift drum kit in the back of their car, female indie duo Silo has a mission.

VENUE: Atomic Pop Shop
EVENT: Live performance by Silo, June 20 at 5 p.m.
PRICE RANGE: Free
ADDRESS: 2963 Government St.

Jennifer Jeffers and Renee Arozqueta take the stage this Friday at Atomic Pop Shop to kick off their first cross-country tour, and they’re ready to get some miles under their boots.

“We’ve ready to get out on the road and never look back,” Arozqueta said.

Their debut EP “Tall Tales” tempers upbeat, stompy sing-alongs with roomy, thoughtful tunes that allow plenty of space for improvisation and spreading melodies. Elements of bluegrass and folk mixed with notes of soul and some Creole leanings make Silo’s songs resonate any Southern listener.

Rooted in the rich, authentic culture of the small Louisiana town that brought them together, Silo creates organic Americana that stands apart from the radio’s folk music trends. Jeffers has tested many of their songs on her Spanish classes, teaching her students the rhythms and words of “Mae,” the first track off of “Tall Tales.”

Though Arozqueta is a Pensacola transplant and Jeffers hails from Little Rock, both now call southern Louisiana home. The two met through Teach For America when both were assigned to the tiny town of Tallulah, La. and struck up an immediate friendship, with Arozqueta keen to make 24-year-old Jeffers her new creative partner.

“When I saw that Jenn could play banjo I was like, ‘Oh, you need to come with me,'” said 29-year-old Arozqueta, who toured for more than three years as a one-woman band before moving to Tallulah.

The two began making music together in the summer of 2012, and have developed a signature sweet, harmonious sound and a knack for crystallizing moments of their deep south experience into songs.

Playing a multitude of instruments came naturally to both women, who branched out from classical piano training into a wide range of string and percussion instruments that includes everything from ukelele to glockenspiel. While Jeffers shines on banjo, Arozqueta’s speciality is accordion.

And, leaning on Arozqueta’s experience as a solo act, Silo does the work of a full band with looped sounds and stacked vocals to fill out their live performances.

According to Jeffers, the duo favors cozier venues that allow them to connect with a crowd and bring listeners into the creation of the music.

“We love intimate shows, and that’s really the venue that Silo is best suited for. We like to get people involved,” Jeffers said. The small stage at Atomic Pop Shop, she said, should be the perfect place to start their clap-along, immersive tour.

The ladies plan to spend the summer looping around the Southeast through bars and shops, switching between instruments along the way and calling on crowds to sing with them. Audiences can expect plenty of banter, rich harmonies and a couple of fresh faces behind an equally fresh sound.

 

 

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