"Finally" is quite often the first word that comes to mind when people hear that local indie-poppers The Owls are finally releasing a full-length album. Their follow-up to 2004's "Our Hopes And Dreams" EP, "Daughters and Suns" continues to be loaded with male-female vocal harmonies and catchy melodies.
Songwriters Brian Tighe, Maria May, and Allison LaBonne teamed up with drummer John Jerry on this record released by Portland's Magic Marker Records.
The Owls spoke with Barb Abney before their CD Release show taking place at The Cedar Cultural Center on Nov. 8, 2007.
Songs performed: "Spider Silk," "The Way On" and "All Those In Favor."
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- The Owls: the reluctant performers One of the more quiet, unassuming pop bands in the Twin Cities is hitting the road. The Owls are celebrating the release of their new CD entitled "Our Hope and Dreams." Despite their low key, almost shy demeanor on and off the stage, The Owls' music is starting to get heard around the country.
- Songs from Scratch: What's this all about? Minnesota Public Radio has a new project that explores the creative process, and you have a chance to participate. We want to find out what happens when you ask a bunch of people to each compose a song using the same lyrics.
- The bands get the lyrics Our project looks at the creative process of writing music, through the eyes of a lyricist and three different bands. We hear from the three bands -- The Roe Family Singers, The Owls, and Matt Wilson -- as they get the lyrics from writer Stephen Burt, and begin shaping his words into songs.
- Songwriting in earnest We've heard how the musicians reacted when they first saw the lyrics to Stephen Burt's "Afternoon Song." This time we check in as they try to turn those words into music.
- The bands record their Afternoon Songs The Appalachian folk group The Roe Family Singers, indie darlings The Owls and singer/songwriter Matt Wilson were given two weeks to come up with a tune using the same set of lyrics. We hear how the ideas and melodies they've come up are transformed into full-fledged songs.