Stray Owls

Stray Owls 'A Series of Circles' Album Release Show

Stray Owls

The Kneads, JPhono1

Friday, March 3, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00

Tickets Available at the Door

Stray Owls
Stray Owls
After self-releasing EP’s in late 2015 and early 2016, Stray Owls, the Mebane, NC duo of Scott Griffiths and Matt French are ecstatic to be releasing their first full length, A Series of Circles, on February 17th via Potluck Foundation, a Chapel Hill/Durham-based boutique record label for tastemakers and music nerds. Building on the fuzz-folk of their previous releases and live shows, the band fleshed out these recordings by incorporating mellotron, drums, a typewriter, piano, xylophone, banjo, and layers of feedback that all find a place, sprinkled throughout these ten songs. Matt and Scott trade lead vocals and fuse traditional storytelling with stream of conscious imagery that seems to seep into their non-traditional structure of songwriting. Despite being self-taught, they play all the instruments on A Series of Circles, with the exception of drums. The album was recorded by veteran engineer, Jerry Kee (Superchunk, Polvo, Schooner, The Kneads), at his Duck Kee Studio (#8) in Mebane, NC. Jerry’s patience and willingness to let the band try things out were paramount to these recordings coming out the way they did. Jerry also handled drums and percussion duties on the album, which added another dimension to the songs the band couldn’t create as a duo. All in all, A Series of Circles was blessed by a few overly calculated last second decisions and some completely random happy accidents. Stay tuned for more. Stray Owls are just getting started.
The Kneads
The Kneads
With their debut album ‘Letting You Let Me Down’ on Durham's Potluck label, The Kneads weave a sonic tapestry celebrating a bygone era, graced at one time by the likes of Polvo, Pavement, Superchunk, and Fugazi. Through syncopated rhythms, dissonant chord structures, and a pop sensibility, Greensboro, North Carolina’s The Kneads sling 90s indie rock and D.C. hardcore-hash with reckless abandon – and all within a 40-hour work week!
In 2016, The Kneads shared the stage with some incredible bands including Beach Slang, Lee Baines & the Glory Fires, Positive No, Diarrhea Planet, Spider Bags, Ne-Hi, Best Behavior, Totally Slow, Horizontal Hold, LeBaron, Stray Owls, Harrison Ford Mustang, Blunt Bangs, State Champion, Big Bliss, Knurr & Spell, Hectorina, Caustic Cassanova, and Long Arms. New year, new shows!!!
At the helm of ‘Letting You Let Me Down’ is the legendary Jerry Kee, chief engineer and owner of Duck Kee Studios in Mebane, N.C. Having recorded a number of seminal North Carolina bands throughout his career, Kee’s tweaking and tutelage helped sculpt The Kneads’ sound recording into an essential primary document. We hope you dive in and enjoy the ride.

Sincerely,
The Kneads
JPhono1
JPhono1
The image of an astronaut on a horse has about become synonymous with John Harrison, the songwriting force behind Chapel Hill’s band North Elementary and now also solo project Jphono1. It’s an image that really makes no sense, but then makes total sense when you get to know John Harrison as a songwriter. An astronaut loves space and has great confidence to explore unknown territory using technology and physics to guide. Cowboys are grounded, earthy, and gritty. Both revel in the exploration of something novel and their freedom to keep on for that next discovery, both like Harrison’s songwriting, journeying you to the far-reaches while keeping you firmly grounded in familiar ease.

This ain’t John Harrison’s first rodeo/space shuttle launch. He’s orbited a few times now, playing since the early 90’s, touring around the country and locally with his bands The Comas and currently with North Elementary. He has played with dozens of musicians, and is firmly established in the area as an experienced and gifted collaborator. Sometimes though, the cowboy-astronaut needs a more solitary journey.

On the 2nd record "Know Your Clouds" recording songs in the ramshackle-3D-foaty style of the highly acclaimed debut Living is Easy, Jphono1 explores new elements in sounds and arrangements with a cohesive focus on his sophomore release. The introduction of drums, piano, and fuzzed out electric guitars help to ground many of the songs without stitching up frayed edges. Fragments of electronics, acoustic guitars, and keys join what at first resemble straight-forward compositions, only to break apart into an acid induced haze. This is a great trip of a record.

Jphono1’s solo release “Living is Easy” is such a trip, a cohesive album of nine songs pulling together modern and traditional musical sounds of the world, integrating them together making something out of place feel familiar. The songs are anchored by acoustic guitar melodies with richly layered vocals and harmonies, and solid, relaxed rhythms. The magic is in the warbling organs, birds chirping, the layered wavers and bends, clocks ticking. A banjo porch picnic seamlessly morphs into an Indian tala. The pop melodies shift minor with a discordant and melancholic need to move on, but settle back into a gentle comfortable handhold. The cowboy’s banjo, guitar and harmonica are right at home alongside astronaut’s spacey techno-programmed beats, synthesized strings, and organs- all blending brilliantly.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
http://www.local506.com/