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Ghost Of A Train

by The Owl Watches

Fierce and Mysterious Instrumental Progressive Rock
Genre: Rock: Avant-Prog
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1. Coal And Dust Prelude
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2. Ghost Of A Train
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3. Distant Wolves And A Brakeman's Song
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4. The Mysterious Old Roundhouse
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5. Dust Remembers
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6. In Three Days
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7. Requiem For An Engineer
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8. Waiting For The Last Express
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Album Notes
This project had its beginnings while I was playing in another band, the eccelctic Tony Island based out of Boston MA. While we were working on a Tony Island CD in 2000, I started to do The OWL WATCHES simultaneously. Inspired by working with a multi-faceted artist like Tony gave me tons of impetus to try something of my own, which he wholeheartedly supported and encouraged. I gradually constructed it at my home studio in Boston MA where I lived at the time and finally unleashed it in May of 2002 in the form of "Tales From The Inflatable Forest". It was me (Phil McKenna) playing ALL instruments (guitars, bass, keyboards/fake Mellotron, drum programs) and wrote the whole thing. I self-produced it and sold/marketed it online. Even though doing everything on it, I am primarily a guitarist who doubles on bass. I would consider my strongest influences to be Miles Davis, King Crimson, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and composers like Ravel, Stravinsky and Debussy. My musical background included private lessons and being self-taught (or rather a self-inflicted musical miseducation so to speak). I played with fusion, art-rock, folk, blues and rock & roll bands of varying descriptions. When home recording technology became more and more sophisticated and affordable, I felt a clear calling to seek out my muse. I do however plan to put together a live Owl Watches band, still, nothing beats playing in front of an audience.

After having relocated to Atlanta GA in early 2004 and re-equipped myself for digital music production, I set to work on my new disc, "Ghost Of A Train", this time utilizing the contributions of live drummers and others. I sought to convey a loose theme/vibe of the long-gone steam age and the remnants it left behind. Jan 3, 2006 was the day I longed for, when the project was offically complete.

The Musicians:

Phil McKenna: Electric 6 & 12-string Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Mellotron, Environmental Sounds, Treatments, Misc Percussion, Drum Programs on "The Mysterious Old Roundhouse" and "Requiem For An Engineer"

Jim Dunn: Drums on "Ghost of A Train"

Eric Aguiar: Drums on "Dust Remembers"

Dave Condra: Mellotron flutes on "The Mysterious Old Roundhouse"

"Ghost Of A Train" is a dark, fiery and complex disc of instrumetal progressive rock best experienced at night with candles and your favorite pair of headphones or good speakers.


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Pepijn Verlaan

This is not made from regular musical dust. Something else was brought to create this record, filled with memories and impressions. It surprises the listener around the corner, it gets you and paints images of... well, trains. But they have never been this interesting. Great music.

West Side Dave

The Owl strikes back!
The Owl strikes back! It`s been nearly 4 years since bassist/Telly Savalas decipile Phil McKenna gave us "Tales From The Inflatable Forest", and fans of good ol` Prog [REAL Prog, mind you, none of that "Math Metal" nonsense] have been eagerly awaiting the follow-up. Well, good things DEFINITELY come to those who wait, as our patience has been rewarded with "Ghost Of A Train"! Recorded deep in in his underground lair somewhere in Atlanta, Georgia, "Ghost..." sees Der Philmeister once again handling the lions share of the instrumentation [electric 6 & 12-string guitars, slide guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, Mellotron, misc. percussion, environmental sounds, treatments, drum programs on a couple of tracks]. But he`s also brought in some highly talented musicians to enhance his musical "train" of thought; drummer Jim Dunn ("Ghost Of A Train"), drummer Eric Aguiar ("Dust Remembers"), and Dave Condra provides Mellotron flutes on "The Mysterious Old Roundhouse". The album continues in the vein of "Tales..."; a definite Seventies Prog vibe permeates all eight cuts; kinda gives you that Captain Beyond buzz. Actually, it might be better to think of this as one 40 minute piece divided into eight parts, as the album has a train motif running through out. Best tracks, or at least MY personal favorites include the haunting "Distant Wolves And A Brakeman

a friend

Interesting sound, very creative
This music is interesting and never boring. Lots to take in, lots of variety. Sounds good with low or high volume. If you are looking for something different, this is for you!

Great work Phil!