Started as a recording project by Chris to record some of his songs at the Bathouse Studio, Owl Farm has become a well oiled live act made up of some of Kingston Ontario's most skilled and innovative musicians. With cleverly written songs spanning from hard-core to classic pop, dark psych to garage, Owl Farm are confident in the strength of their independent debut E.P. recorded at Bathouse studio, and the more recent "Don't Stop" full length recorded over the summer of 2009 at Seventh Harmonic Distortion Studios in Kingston. Owl Farm has also become known for their intense live performances, appreciated by a wide cross section of music fans. The band has played Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Owl Farm was also featured on Alan Cross' Explore Music show and website as 'one of the five songs you go to hear today', and achieved the #1 chart position on University of Toronto Radio in the fall of 2009. This is just the beginning of an upward trajectory for Owl Farm.
Chris Lyon - Guitar
Jay Berezney - Drums
Matt Darch - Bass
Jean-Paul Simard - Vocals, Organ
Owl Farm s/t 7 song e.p.
The Edge 102.1 Toronto
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Owl Farm Thursday, February 12, 2009 Owl Farm are from Kingston, Ontario, and they have a self-tit...Owl Farm
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Owl Farm are from Kingston, Ontario, and they have a self-titled EP out. The band play alternative rock. Putting "alternative" in italics was my way of saying that it's very alternative, as in not conventional.
First of all, I like that a big chunk of the music's focus is on the instrumental. It's not what you'd call progressive rock, but rather just an unconventional method. The songs are easy to like and they're memorable, even when there are no vocals or the lyrics are oft-repeated.
I get a kind of "playing what we want to play" vibe from Owl Farm, but if that's the case, what they want to play is interesting and good enough.
Owl Farm - Wildy's World
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Owl Farm – Owl Farm 2008, Owl Farm Owl Farm is an unsigned quintet from Kingston, Ontario, Canad...Owl Farm – Owl Farm
2008, Owl Farm
Owl Farm is an unsigned quintet from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Drawing from Psychedelic, Punk and Melodic Rock influences with the occasional blues infiltration, Owl Farm creates primarily instrumental music that is varied and interesting. Their self-titled debut EP, Owl Farm, is a creative musical venture you’ll want to check out for yourself.
Owl Farm opens with Balzac, a series of guitar rock vignettes that morphs from rockabilly to Southern Rock to Grunge in something of a guitar rock history lesson. Starter builds in intensity as it seesaws from Prog to Grunge/Pop and back throughout; an interesting composition that makes use of some familiar chord progressions in ways perhaps you hadn’t thought to try them. Good Sense is an electronic composition based on a simple bass line/beat as served by a programmed keyboard. Owl Farm vocalist J-P makes his first appearance here in minimalist fashion. I have to say that this song was just a bit bizarre and is more like performance art than composition. 45 Seconds To Lobster is a punk rock soliloquy about food as escapism, one supposes. Again, amusing but bizarre.
The Lobster Stomp has a very garage sound and was likely as fun to play as it is to hear. Don’t expect to make much sense of it; it’s a musical romp for its own sake that periodically deteriorates into greater levels of madness before returning to its usual mundane level of insanity. E.R.T. is the closest thing to a sensible rock song on the disc, alternating between a repetitive and bland verse and a slightly less repetitive and bland chorus. Only in the logical drift of the occasional bridge does Owl Farm flirt with its usual chaos. Owl Farm complete makes up for anything resembling normal on Invisible. This is my favorite track on the album; a pure punk rock tune with almost Police-like minimalism (ala their early albums).
Owl Farm comes across as something of an art-rock band on the coincidentally entitled Owl Farm E.P. Energy is expended, crazy chord progressions are played, mad ideas presented and in the end a good time is had by all. Not everyone is going to get this disc, but if you were ever a fan of bands like The Dead Kennedys, Husker Du, Black Flag or any of the other punk denizens of late 1980’s college radio then you’ll love this disc. Owl Farm exceeds those bands for musicality on occasion, probably just to rebel, but their hearts are in the right place.
Owl Farm- CFRC - Listen Up
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This seven song debut feature alumni from many great local indie bands of lore. This Kingston band a...This seven song debut feature alumni from many great local indie bands of lore. This Kingston band alternates between twitchy guitar instrumentals and complex garage punk. This is the band that has scientifically proven it is possible to cover both The Smiths AND Led Zeppelin live. Watch this band they're really good. Recommended song to suplex someone to: Invisible (look at me I'm).
Owl Farm - Exploremusic.com
"Kingston Ontario's Owl Farm is an interesting, quirky band, but not in a forced sounding way."
Owl Farm - Grubtunes review
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"Owl Farm just seems to have a fun, goofy vibe inherent in their otherwise seriously well written so..."Owl Farm just seems to have a fun, goofy vibe inherent in their otherwise seriously well written songs . . . "
Owl Farm Wildy's World #2
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Owl Farm is extremely creative, and at least moderately disturbed; you must at least admire their th...Owl Farm is extremely creative, and at least moderately disturbed; you must at least admire their theoretical medication regimen if nothing else.
Alan Cross' explore music radioshow (on air)
"very good - no deal yet, check them out on their myspace."
Beat up teacher
Invisible (Look at me I'm)
Slip and slide
The Lobster Stomp
45 seconds 'till Lobster
Like water for lobster
For covers right now we do
"The Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin
"This Charming Man" by The Smiths
All told our set is about an hour and 15 minutes.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.