During their first year as a band, several of Sheilava's songs, including their very first single "Bomb Shelter", received airplay multiple times on Austin City Limits Radio, KGSR. Their LP "Nonsense" was featured on EmergingIndieBands.com and their holiday EP "CHRiSTMAS by SHEiLAVA" boasted an electro-pop version of Lennon's "War is Over" that was selected as a favorite by Britain-based indie music blog The Devil Has The Best Tuna. Sheilava was twice reviewed by Douglas Leach from Track Rambler, who featured the band in posts about the group's one year anniversary and the filming of their music video "Cheers," a New Year's song they wrote as part of a self-induced song-in-a-day-challenge.
The band reached new heights as the anniversary of their first year together drew near. In February of 2018, Sheila V.A. and Jason Garcia set out to reveal the sultry side of Sheilava. They performed as a duo for their first live set on the local television show "UpLate Austin" produced by the ATX Film Society at Austin Public Studios. As a full band, Sheilava had their biggest performance to date on the night of the One Year Anniversary Show at Gotham Room where they celebrated one of the last shows with their bassist Alex Kane before he moved to Chicago.
Upon the eve of SXSW season in 2018, Sheilava kicked things off with a rooftop performance at Seven Apartments in downtown Austin and then went on to headline a pop-up show a Knomad Bar. Later that week, they performed an acoustic set during the after party for cast members from Alejandro Marin's short film "Monday" and Robert Rodriguez's TV series "Rebel Without a Crew". Following the end of SXSW, Sheilava was also asked to host the premiere party for the ATX short film "Leecher" where their single "Nonsense" was featured during the bar scene and credits of the supernatural thriller. The song went on to catch the ears of many new fans when the film was selected to screen during the Lone Star Film Fest, the South Texas International Film Fest, Austin Revolution Film Fest, the Fredericksburg Hill Country Film Fest, The Reel East Texas Film Festival, and The Zone International Sci-Fi Film Fest at Comicpalooza in Houston. The spotlight burned bright again when the film won awards at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase, the Roswell Sci-Fi Film Fest, and the Texas Terrors Film Fest.
Throughout the rest of the Spring, Sheila V.A. and Jason Garcia continued to present their eclectic and wiry tunes as an acoustic duo by co-hosting the biweekly Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Gotham Room and through other more intimate performances at Austin Eastciders Brewery, Oscar's Backyard Bar, North Austin's Peace Love & Nails Spa, and the Bad Advice Showcase at Cherrywood Coffeehouse. They were also invited to perform at Cuvee Coffee Bar as the final artists of the Mystery Music Series event by local ATX web stream "Music Firsthand".
June of 2018 pushed Sheilava to new heights when they released the first single "Cups4Kings" from their second forthcoming album. The day after the song hit music platforms it was selected to be featured on Loris Lowe's local radio show "Lone Star State of Mind". Through the assistance and direction of Savenko Film, the band helped bring together a cast and crew of 26 people to record a music video for "Cups4Kings" that was later premiered alongside their second live performance for local TV show "UpLate Austin". These events caught the eyes of several indie filmmakers and Sheila V.A. was asked to write original theme songs for two Austin 48-Hour Film Projects as well as the film and upcoming documentary "Red: A Descent Into Darkness". Taking on these projects allowed Sheilava to experiment with a variety of new colors, such as blending electro-pop with a country western vibe and weaving darker synthesized sounds among a 12-person chorus. Towards the end of the summer, the band helped headline Matterhorn Production's Dali Departed Surrealist Ball at Empire Control Room and perform as a feature artist for Austin Earphoria's Studios and the Friends of Friends Gallery Showcase.
Sheilava has been invited to join the stage with many incredible local artists at dozens of bars & venues around the Greater Austin Area, including Pecan Street Fest, One2One Bar, Lambert's, Love Goat, The Sidewinder, Hard Luck Lounge, Dozen Street, Sahara Lounge, Rattle Inn, Flamingo Cantina, Swan Dive, Indian Roller, Hole In The Wall, Dirty Dog, CU-29 Cocktail Bar, and Neighbor's Kitchen & Yard in Bastrop.
To kick off Fall 2018, the band's re-mastered song "Red" was nominated for Best Music Video and screened at the Crown Plaza Hotel on September 22nd, the same night the band returned to Love Goat to celebrate their "Cups4Kings" music video release show. That same weekend, Sheilava was also interviewed on "The Austin Diaries", the latest episode from The Cary Allen Picture Show by Dennis Cahlo, a filmmaker and photographer who is currently based in Brooklyn. In this particular episode, Dennis also reviews ATX gems such as The Austin Revolution Film Festival, Blue Cat Cafe, Bouldin Creek, The Elephant Room, and local independent filmmakers after talking with Sheila V.A. about what inspires the group in their writing and recording process.
In recent news, Sheilava sat with Austin's iconic music podcaster Johnny Goudie on his show "How Did I Get Here?" to talk about their journey as a band and what the future holds for them. Upcoming events for the lava cats include performing live and on-air on 11/13 for the Austin Statesman 360 Studio Sessions (sponsored by Bud Light), their first show at The Mohawk on 11/19, returning to the stage at Hard Luck Lounge on 11/29, and releasing their music video "Cheers" in time for the New Year's Eve. They are already booking for 2019 and are lined up to play at two festivals by Kindred Spirit Productions-- No Year's Resolution Fest on Jan 5th and No Springs Attached Fest on March 2nd. Other plans for Sheilava include producing additional holiday tunes, finishing up their second album "V", and working on a music video for their single "Red Room".