Freak Owls (the alias of Brooklyn native, Josh Ricchio) was created from an amalgamation of ideas, restlessness, and frustrations after spending the previous 15 years playing and touring in a wide variety of collaborative indie rock bands. The desire to lock himself in a room and write what he calls, "catchiness incarnate" became too great.
The first two releases ("Taxidermy", "Orchestrates EP") 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."
All albums were released released on Ricchio's own label, Sing Engine Records.
In the three years since the release of the debut, and after whittling down the lineup from a 5-piece to a continuously rotating cast of characters, Ricchio's Freak Owls are continuously expanding their unique blend of indie-folk-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 multiple runs of cd's while placing multiple songs in film and TV, including a number of songwriting nominations such as The John Lennon, SongCircle, and 100% Music Songwriting Competitions.
The first part of 2013 saw the band's third release, "Orca City", a Melvillian-like almost concept album which represented a Freak Owls live performance, featuring enormous orchestration, tiny bells and synths, immense drums, and intimate electronics. This preceded Ricchio's relocation from longtime home, Brooklyn, to Los Angeles, where he immediately started work on a Single-A-Month venture, with the band releasing a song a month on their Bandcamp page. The first four of those songs will be added to the upcoming full-length, "Wands", which will be re-recorded with various singers, and released early 2015.