Weird Owl, The Unconditional Love, Heavy Birds

Weird Owl

The Unconditional Love

Heavy Birds

Fri, October 20, 2017

7:30 pm

The Kingsland

Brooklyn, NY


This event is 18 and over


Weird Owl
Weird Owl
Weird Owl was formed in 2004 by Trevor Tyrrell (guitar, vocals), John Cassidy (bass), Sean Reynolds (drums) and Josh Weber (keyboards).
After self­releasing several EPs, including the 2007 full­length N uclear Pyschology, Weird Owl caught the ears of Matthew J. Tow of the Australian band The Lovetones, who helped get them signed to Tee Pee Records in 2008. The departure of Weber led to the addition of Jon Rudd (guitar) and Kenneth Cook (bass) , former member of The Damn Personals, to the band's lineup.
T h e i r d e b u t L P f o r T e e P e e R e c o r d s , E v e r t h e S i l v e r C o r d B e L o o s e d , w a s released in February of 2009. All Music stated the record was "melodic, pleasant, head numbing, and sticks with the listener in terms of its relaxed approach and its utterly well­executed weightiness", giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
In the summer of 2009, Weird Owl embarked on a West Coast tour with label­mates Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound.
In 2011, Weird Owl was asked to play the prestigious Austin Psych Fest, curated by The Black Angels (band) in Austin, Texas. In July of that year, their second LP for Tee Pee Records, B uild Your Beast a Fire , recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth) and Justin Rice of Bishop Allen, was released. Giving the album a B+, The Onion A.V. Club said its songs "are emotionally engaging and frequently moving; they're also catchy earworms with great choruses".
Following the departure of Rudd and Cook, the band went into the studio for the first time with new member J. David Nugent (synthesizers), with Cassidy also picking up synth duties in addition to bass. Demos from this session that were posted online caught the attention of Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, who asked the band if he could put out an EP of their music on his personal label, A Recordings, Ltd.
In October of 2013, H ealing was released as a double 10­inch on day­glo vinyl, and according to All Music, its "trippy miasmas are more soothing than reveals them as a more interesting and versatile band", giving it 3.5 of 5 stars.
The band toured Europe in June of 2014, including an appearance at Eindhoven Psych Fest and supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Weird Owl's newest full­length, Interstellar Skeletal, was released by A Recordings, Ltd. in May 2015.
All Music gave the album 3.5 out 5 stars, saying "It's a solid release with the quality musicianship and experimental nature fans have come to expect of Weird Owl".
The band toured Europe in September of 2015 to support the record, including a date at The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia in Liverpool, UK and the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, NL.
Heavy Birds
Heavy Birds
The Heavy Birds have a nice line in psychedelic drone that sits somewhere between Spacemen 3 and Velvet Underground but the bands secret weapon is cellist Lia Moon who fills the songs with discordant playing. This is most noticeable in 'Mutant Bones' where lots of jagged notes bring to mind both John Cale's viola on early Velvet Underground and Sarah Curtis's never bettered violin which screeched over King of the Slums barbaric English pop.
Otherwise the band follow the tried and tested psych bliss outs of the early messy Brian Jonestown Massacre occasionally dabbling in neo-electronica on the stretchy 'Rolling Stoned'. And indeed they seem stoned out of their mind - the vocals recalling some Richard Ashcroft/ Sean Ryder cross breed. The music however that sits behind it is sometimes stunning, once again on this track the cello elevates things to another level. Frustratingly It's not seen on some other tunes where a 60s organ bleats away but this is perhaps it's power.

Overall it's an interesting take on a well worn psych drone path."

- Norman Records UK, review of Heavy Bird's Drag LP
Venue Information:
The Kingsland
269 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11222