Freak Owls was created from the amalgamation of ideas, restlessness, and frustrations of Josh Ricchio. After spending the past 12 years playing and touring in a wide variety of collaborative rock bands (most recently, "Pela", who are now "We Are Augustines"), the desire to lock himself in a room and write what he calls, "catchiness incarnate" became too great.
The first two releases ("Taxidermy" and the recent EP, "Orchestrates") pull influences from The Beach Boys, MGMT, Death Cab For Cutie and Yeasayer while textured, over-layering vocal choruses, sparkling acoustics, and Gnarls Barkley-like danceable beats urge the listener to curl up to the songs and sing along at the same time. "…a very personal and uplifting set of smiles and moist eyes, Freak Owls wants to warm the heart and chill the spine."
Both albums were recorded by Ricchio and Eric Sanderson (We Are Augustines), and feature Kolby Wade, Cody Geil, Robert Allen and Kerry Beach on a variety of sounds, voices and instruments. Both were released on Ricchio's own label, Sing Engine Records.
In the 2 years since the release of the debut, and after whittling down the lineup from a 5-piece to 3, Freak Owls have brought their unique blend of indie-rock on the road to a majority of the US, as well as having played festivals in England, Canada, and as far away as Latvia. Selling out their first few runs of cd's while placing multiple songs in film and on TV, including a number of songwriting nominations such as The John Lennon, SongCircle, and 100% Music Songwriting Competitions, Freak Owls are in the studio putting the finishing touches on the new album, "Orca City", which sees the trio expanding their sound to greater intensities and smaller intricacies.