INTERVIEW /// JOSH FROM ‘THE OWLS’

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THE OWLS are most probably the best group of guys in Local Rock n’ Roll today. The way these guys go about their business should be a standard to all people who want to head into music. They turn up to shows way on time, they stick around to support other bands and they’re friendly as fuck. Then throw in their live show and The Owls are a beast in the making. Every show we’ve witnessed of these guys over the last year and a bit that we’ve known them has gone from strength to strength and that to us are ingredients to give any band a good chance at the big pay off which is a life doin what we all dream of living and breathing – ROCK N’ ROLL! We get emails from people actually asking when these guys are playing next and we’re like “Check their Facebook sister!” Anyway we caught up with front man Josh who was in the midst of getting their new set tight for a run of shows to kick off the year. And so like the gentleman he is, Josh answered a few questions for us.

What’s been happening with THE OWLS?
We have been playing all around Australia which hasn’t stopped for about 5 years & just recently we have released our first single off our latest EP “Own The Streets”

Did you come from a musical family?
No real Musical background, we were more working class. However my Great Grandfather was a real good Violinist. His brother was so good he studied Music & The Violin in Germany until the war broke out where he was captured and never made it back (true story).

Who was your hero as a kid?
The Ninja Turtles

First Live gig?
I was in Yr 10 and played a few covers, my voice broke mid song and I was laughed at in front of the entire School.

The last gig you attended?
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Hi Fi Sydney. It was sick.

You guys are one of the few bands known outside of Newcastle right now, do you feel like you are waving some kind of flag? Newcastle Pride?
I don’t think we are holding The “Newy” Flag high but I do like that we are from Newcastle. I like that we are the guys from the outside, it gives you a different perspective on the Sydney Scene. We’ve made a lot of new friends, which is cool.

Are there any other notable Newcastle bands that we should know about?
I like this duo called Hey Lady!, nice girls with cool tunes

You guys seem like a tight-knit unit, can we get a quick history on how you guys all met?
I pretty much contacted Wez (Drummer ) & Lewis (Guitarist) to start playing which I knew through Childhood and playing in bands.
Joey came on the scene late to play Bass.

So you guys have been recording lately, how did this come about?
We figured we needed to write new tunes as we hadn’t released anything for over a year.

Who Produced your new ep?
Lachlan Mitchell

So when will you guys be releasing this new recording?
Some time in March/April

Alot of people seem to be bringing up Triple J over the last week in the media, what are your thoughts on the debate? Be honest!
I’m not one that really is buying into the argument. If you play in a BAND to be rich, famous and loved on the radio then you should probably go jump…. I understand from a Musicians point of view of getting frustrated but that is life however I think there are some asking for an independent review or something like that. We travel all around the country with no backing from ANYBODY and have been doing so for 6-7 years. Don’t get me wrong its nice getting some recognition with being played on the radio but you have to always keep moving forward and we do that by continually playing the live scene.

Would you like to make a comment on the state of the music community right now?
There are some real Gems out there if you are prepared to go out to your local venue and watch

What’s the best thing about being an independent band?
The money… lol not really….

The worst thing?
The money…true.

If there was something you could change about the music industry what would that be?
I reckon a venue could pick a band each week and really get behind the night. Rather than pressuring the band to draw heads, build the publicity with the venue. You know how each venue pushes a theme or a drink, why not the band?

Who are your biggest music influences as a band?
Kasabian, B.R.M.C, Queens of The Stone Age, The Strokes.

Any rock n’ roll stories?
We got completely drunk in a hotel and Wez scaled the building as he wanted to find Chris Cheney from the Living End as he was in the same building… So we thought….

Your thoughts on things like Spotify and social media in general?
We use social media to plug shows and our music which I think does a little for us, not as great deal….
I don’t know anything about Spotify sorry.

So what’s next for you guys?
We are currently playing up and down the East Coast, just trying to get word out about a single “Krakow”

What was your favourite gig in 2013?
Easily Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Hi Fi in Sydney

What was your favourite moment of 2013?
My Sydney Riot in Bondi

Looking back at 2013 what do you guys want to change in 2014?
Nope

Burial or Cremation?
Cremation

Famous last words?
“All you need is Love” The Beatles.

Head out there and catch THE OWLS live at the following dates. Their new single KRAKOW is out now!

Sunday, 19th January 2014
Frankies Pizza, Sydney
Friday, 24th January 2014
Lass O’ Gowrie, Newcastle
Sunday, 26th January 2014
Record Crate, Sydney
Thursday, 13th February 2014
The Standard, Sydney
Friday, 21st February 2014
FBi Social, Sydney
Saturday, 22nd February 2014
The Great Northern, Byron Bay
Sunday, 23rd February 2014
The Bearded Lady, Brisbane

All photos by Oscar Colman

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