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THE OWLS OWN THE STREETS REVIEW 2014

 

THE OWLS - OWN THE STREETS (EP)

SELF-RELEASED

OUT NOW - 2014

 

 

Indie isn’t always a bad word in Rock circles though, granted, it does sometimes take a leap of faith to root out the gems when so much these days is soulless pop or shoe-gazing blandness.

 

The Owls re-emerge with an EP that takes equal amounts of Rock and Country to create something that paints an interesting enough picture and explores enough ground to be worthy of your attention.

 

Opening with ‘Ocean’ which has a kind of proto-Rock and Roll meets QOTSA vibe and layered vocals is a great way to star, but if anything ‘Krakow’ is even finer – with its fuzz and poppier sentiments the light and shade contrast of the openers really set up what turns out to be a great EP.

 

‘Bad Side (Electrify)’ may not be our favourite, but the sound is big enough and the idea solid enough to see why it’s included here. The EP rounds out as strongly as it began though with the title track swinging along almost like the long gone Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, its uncomplicated rootsy bliss. ‘Too High’ is perhaps our apex though with its crunchy guitar, relentless drive and trippy interlude, before the excellent ‘Stole the Sunlight’ seals the deal with an almost ‘hard rock’ bass and hypnotic danceable beat.

 

 Recommended.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

THE OWLS OWN THE STREETS REVIEW 2014