Thursday, July 28, 2011
[rockedition.com] Weird Owl refuse to be pigeonholed. For seven years now, this Brooklyn-based band have been beguiling audiences with an intoxicating blend of psychedelic mysticism and catchy good-time rock. Simultaneously grounded and extraterrestrial, the band are goofily sincere, like a good friend on acid dropping profundities and non sequiturs in the same sentence.
Their new record, ‘Build Your Beast a Fire,’ flows like a classic Floyd or Spirit album, with alchemical themes, pastoral interludes, synthesizer experiments, and explosions of rock. Like harmonizing druids from outer space, Weird Owl take listeners on a magical mystery trip deep inside our planet in order to arrive at theirs. Rooted by Kenneth Cook’s hooky basslines and adorned by John Cassidy’s keyboard and synth work, the songs seamlessly incorporate elements of 60s psychedelia, 70s roots rock à la CSNY or The Allman Brothers, and post-modern sensibilities.
We asked vocalist/guitarist Trevor Tyrrell to give us a guided tour of ‘Build Your Beast a Fire,’ and boy did he ever. Scroll down to hear the album in its entirety and read a blow-by-blow description of how it came to be and what it might mean.
"When we started work on this record, we very specifically discussed making an album, as opposed to simply recording a collection of songs that we were able to perform with some degree of competence in a studio. We wanted the thought to be continuous, but also to express it with enough dynamism to keep things interesting for the listener. Our intention was to have these songs belong together in ways that went beyond the mere fact that they inhabit the same musical document. Having said that, let’s get down to brass tacks on a track-by-track basis to see what the individual components bring to the whole."
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 6:01 PM