Thus Owls are a Montreal-based band comprised of husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. The band originated in Sweden as an outlet for Erika’s songs, while she was making a name for herself as a prominent vocalist in the Gothenburg and Stockholm scenes. Simon meanwhile was beginning to tour more internationally with Montreal’s Patrick Watson, as a founding member of his four-piece band. The two finally met when Erika was sitting in with Loney Dear, whom Patrick Watson were supporting on tour in Europe at the time. Erika recalls that she “fell in love with Simon’s sound right away,” citing the “harshness and the sweetness combined” of his guitar, as well as his experimental approach to music. It wasn’t long before they were married, and making music together as Thus Owls. “It was the last piece of the puzzle,” she explains.
Or the last piece of the first puzzle. Simon moved to Sweden and, along with an existing group of Swedish musicians, made two records with Erika while he wasn’t touring or recording with Patrick Watson. But it wasn’t until they started spending more time back in Montreal that the band’s current lineup—and sound—finally came together. Simon and Erika enlisted local drummer Stef Schneider, and keyboard player Parker Shper, to round out the permanent lineup alongside Swedish bass player Martin Höper. Simon left Patrick Watson and Erika became a Canadian citizen. It was this core group that ultimately recorded Turning Rocks in Montreal in 2013, and who’ve begun to turn heads with their powerful live show. Turning Rocks was released worldwide by Secret City Records on April 8th 2014.
Near the beginning of Friday evening's concert at DC9, a small venue here, it seemed like the quintet Thus Owls would outnumber the audience. In time, about a dozen fans who weren't put off by a 7:30 start time gathered near the stage. Led by husband and wife Simon and Erika Angell, the band played with vigor and intensity, as if thousands were on hand.
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"I’m a enthralled with Thus Owls’ performance of “How In My Bones” live at La Tulipe in Montreal. Thus Owls really lays down a retro-psychedelic blues-rock vibe here that harnesses that before-its-time nostalgia. And they’re totally not afraid to feel it too. Also, I’m convinced that all good groups have vocals from everyone involved. I love it when tambourines are used in today’s musical world. Yes!!!"
A great band is a versatile band. Thus Owls seem like they can come mystical and enchanting; or thoughtful and instructive; or rustic, raw, and real.
My pick for show of the night, Swedish-Canadian indie outfit Thus Owls played an impressive, dreamy set in front of a fairly enraptured crowd.
Thus Owls. Montreal-Stockholm combo has a solid pedigree for fans of clever and tuneful Swedish and Canadian indies, with Erika Angell a veteran of Gothenburg’s bubbling scene and her husband Simon a former founding member of Patrick Watson’s band. Rounded out by three bandmates their recent Turning Rocks LP is a compelling listen and they’re one of the best live actsin the country, says the Star’s resident pop savant Ben Rayner — a highly recommended opening act (with an 11 p.m. slot scheduled here) to NXNE’s long weekend. (Garrison, 8 p.m.)
Today's song of the day is Thus Owls' song "How in My Bones" from their new album Turning Rocks.
Turning Rocks is out since early this week and it already garnered rave reviews, see below.
The album itself is available in digital, CD and LP formats (the LP comes with a download coupon). Lots of ways you can get your hands on it, depending on your preference. It’s available on iTunes, on Amazon in both CD and LP format, and directly from us as well. And of course it’s available in stores across North America, the UK & Europe.
- The Line Of Best Fit
“It's at once familiar and foreign (...) and immediately work its way inside the listener's head and heart.”
- Andrea Warner CBC Music
“brings together organic and high-concept elements in a way that coheres intricately … striking a heady balance between warm instrumentation and a stylish veneer.”
- Pop Matters
“one of the most fascinating, challenging and wildly diverse albums in recent memory. 5 stars”
- Jeff Monk, Winnipeg Free Press
- Aidan Morgan, Prairie Dog
"one of the most fascinating, challenging and wildly diverse albums in recent memory."
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