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 to 3-piece, 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 ecstatic to announce the release of their new album, "Orca City", which sees the trio expanding their sound to greater intensities and smaller intricacies.
Josh Ricchio and Kolby Wade spent about 6 months in early 2012 sending music back and forth to each other to complete on their own time. A chorus here, a beat there; one song taking a day to finish, another taking up to a month. Time wasn't an issue, they just wanted to make something that they, themselves, would listen to. "Orca City" starts off with a bit more of a "rock" feel than most may be used to from Freak Owls, but then morphs into the multi-layered, elephantine sound mountain they've hinted at in the past. The songs evolve from minimalistic guitars and bells to a bombastic amalgam of drum and bass, strings, and vocal polyphony. By far the most adventurous release from the band, the roots are still underfoot and they feel comfortable in these new shoes. It's the sound they've been working toward since the first release, and it's a sound that will continue to evolve as they create honest music for themselves and their listeners.
"Orca City" will be released January 15, 2013 on Sing Engine Records.