NYC indie rockers join a couple local favorites at the Emerald Lounge
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Freak Owls was created from the amalgamation of ideas, restlessness, and frustrations of Josh Ricchio. After spending the past 12 years playing and touring in a wide variety of collaborative rock bands (most recently, “Pela”, who are now “We Are Augustines”; “Ladycop”), the desire to lock himself in a room and write what he calls, “catchiness incarnate” became too great.
Each song, indeed catchier than the last, is textured with over-layering vocal choruses, sparkling acoustics, and Gnarls Barkley-like danceable beats. All at once pulling influences from The Beach Boys, Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Local Natives and Death Cab For Cutie, “Taxidermy” urges the listener to curl up to the songs and sing along at the same time. A very personal and uplifting set of smiles and moist eyes, Freak Owls wants to warm the heart and chill the spine.
“Taxidermy” and the new EP, “Orchestrates”, were recorded by Eric Sanderson (We Are Augustines), and features Kolby Wade, Cody Geil, and Kerry Beach on a variety of sounds, voices and instruments. Both were released on Ricchio’s own label, Sing Engine Records.
In the year since the release of the debut, and after whittling down the lineup from a 5-piece to 3, Freak Owls have brought their unique blend of indie-folk-rock on the road to a majority of the US, as well as having played festivals in England, Canada, and as far away as Latvia. Making a huge splash at this year’s SXSW festival, selling out their first few runs of cd’s while placing multiple songs in film and on TV, including a number of songwriting nominations such as The John Lennon, SongCircle, and 100% Music Songwriting Competitions, Freak Owls are gearing up to support the release of their new follow-up EP entitled, “Orchestrates”, which sees the trio expanding their sound to greater intensities and smaller intricacies.
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