Alex Silas & The Subterraneans: Putting Down Roots in the 613

By Elly Laberge — Mon, 10/11/2014 - 09:35

Alex Silas prefers to call his supporters family rather than fans, as he explains on The Rain, the last track off of his full-length debut album Roots – The Opera of June Manana released earlier this year on June 30. For Ottawa’s hip-hop hippie, Roots is all about growth. It’s a captivating musical journey that reflects where he’s from, what he’s been through and where he is now as an individual and as an artist. Silas has certainly come a long way since the release of his first two projects, having gained significant experience in and out of the studio and learning valuable lessons along the way.  

Throughout the creation process for Roots, Silas surrounded himself with people who inspire him and with whom he shares a musical synergy, including his producer Bryan Ruckstuhl, guitarist Liam Burke and DJ J2xF, the two musicians who make up The Subterraneans, the band accompanying him. He also collaborated with several hand-picked local artists on the album, including Tragic of Philly Moves, The Adding Machine and spoken word poet Shaun Sullivan, envisioning specific collaborations for targeted tracks. At its core, Roots is an alternative hip hop album, but its overall sound stands out as a carefully-crafted amalgamation of folk, rock, blues, punk and even spoken word.

Silas’ debut album certainly offers a genuine account of the man behind the music. “There’s no difference between me on a song and me in real life,” says Silas. What you see is what you get from this eclectic musician originally from Moncton, New Brunswick who’s put down roots in Ottawa and adopted the capital as his second home. Silas isn’t about aliases or artist personas; he’d rather be honest and allow music to show his true colours. In his view, it’s all about being down to earth, staying true to who you are and giving an honest rendition of life through music as the best way to connect with an audience.  “It’s about letting people in, and in return they’ll reciprocate and let you in,” he adds. 

Following a busy summer season, things eventually aligned for Silas and The Subterraneans, allowing them to celebrate the official Roots album launch on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Happening downtown at Ritual, the event will give Silas and his comrades the opportunity to present the new material in front of a live audience and gage the public’s reception. For the occasion, the hip-hop hippie and his band will be sharing the stage with local artists The Adding Machine, The Stringers, Eddie Quotez, Aron The Alien, Missing Linx, and Bastards, some of whom are featured on Roots. You can expect live collaborations and special guest appearances at the release party.  

Don’t miss this show! Come show your love and support for Ottawa’s local hip-hop scene.

Alex Silas & The Subterraneans -  Roots Album Launch Party
Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Ritual Nightclub
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

Image: Andrew Lessard

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