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The second Owls album, casually named Two, sounds like the band want to pretend no time at all has elapsed between albums. Yet it arrives 13 years after the band’s debut provided math rockers with some early inspiration. Having previously played as Cap’n Jazz (a band that also inspired the emo world) the members of Owls were used to breaking new ground and then breaking up. It’s no surprise to discover that these musicians had a volatile relationship, which led to them disbanding after just a year. The band’s sound is four guys pulling in four different directions at once, and here they’re at it again. It’s somewhat surprising that they add lyrics to distract from their instrumental prowess. But singer Tim Kinsella (who has made a name with Joan of Arc) is about the only guy up to the task. Guitarist Victor Villarreal is never content staying in one place, and drummer Mike Kinsella and bassist Sam Zurich are happy to trip through time signatures. Two shouldn’t have highlights (though it does). It’s meant to be played as one long work where every idea counterbalances another.

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Different yet still good.

Upon first listen the production on this album is noticeably more tame than the previous Owls album. The songwriting here is more mature and put together as wells. If the first Owls album was a tamer older version of Cap’n Jazz, then this album is the tamer older version of the Owls. Rest assure the elements of the first album are still here. Tim Kinsella and crew doing what they do best… creating awkwardly timed rhythms and off key vocals while still making it all come together for a challenging yet rewarding experience. Highlights are “I’m Surpirsed…” which contains a haunting exit that evokes head bobbing, "This Must Be How…” which could certainly be a Joan of Arc b-side, “It Collects Itself…” which chugs along with sinister swag, and the rocking final track “A Drop Of Blood..."


Love their music great guitar work! but as a musician, the off key vocals really bother me... I get that it's the style but how do you not fix that in the studio ?
Glad these guys are back at it.


Formed: 2001 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Owls began in 2001, splintering from a long lineage of high-concept rock bands all centralized around the efforts of a group of friends who'd been playing together since their early high-school days. This crew of musicians started out playing spirited and screamy melodic emo as Cap'n Jazz, living in relative obscurity during their short lifespan, but going on to inspire new legions of fans years after their breakup when their catalog of short run 7"s and a single LP was reissued in the late '90s....
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