Owenell

Owenell

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Biography

Who the hell are OWENELL?

At present, it’s a fair question. OK, first: Background. OWENELL are a four-piece, emotionally-charged
Indie rock band. Formed on the Central Coast of NSW in early 2004, and recently re-located to Sydney,
Owenell have been building a strong local following with their dynamic and explosive shows. The
songwriting is well thought out and creative, the performance oozes enthusiasm and the live show is
unprecedented, with a highly infectious energy that perfectly captures what they stand for, both
musically and lyrically.
This awesome stage presence caught the attention of Sebastian Chase (MGM) and Garry Beers (INXS),
who signed Owenell to their Override Records label. The first fruits of this collaboration were released 1
August, 2005, in the form of the Debut E.P "Fantasies or Nightmares”. Owenell describe their sound as
“31-Flavours”. “The EP is basically an Alt-Rock CD,” says vocalist Michael Peter, “but it’s only a small
sample of our sound”.
“Owenell seem like a jack-of-all-trades in the rock department. Discover is a bare
rocker, propelled by some chunky guitar riffs and stop/start rhythms, reminding
me musically of nu metal, but without the rap. Complicated is more a dark alt
rocker, while Hold On has a groove about it reminiscent of stoner rock. Devil With
Angel Eyes is the ballad, and Alternative is yes, alternative, and a bit of grunge.
There is, however, emotion and passion constantly throughout the EP, with the
vocals trying to propel it all. A bit of refinement is needed, but it is a debut EP
after all.” (The Drum Media)
Having established a solid reputation on the Sydney circuit, and with a single getting some radio airplay
and currently sitting at #36 on Channel[V] Most Requested list, OWENELL are now looking to expand
their reach, with upcoming shows in Newcastle, and at St Kilda’s famed Esplanade Hotel representing the
band’s first small steps towards national recognition.
“ Will someone tell me why these guys aren’t huge? It seems Owenell are
the perfect case in point of an independent band with awesome tunes that
play, and play, and play, ending up as one those bands that you know
ought to be massive. Well it fucking should happen. Complicated, Discover
Me and Alternative are all precise stoner rock/hard-ish rock/metal done
brilliantly… It’s tight, it’s stompin’, the old head gets a bit of rocking, and
it kicks your ass, rummy.” (Jaymz Clements, BEAT Magazine)
"Owenell… stroll on confidently after a lengthy and suitably theatrical introduction.
A Shihad-like riff opens proceedings, and the singer is bouncing all over the stage already. Then comes his voice, and
what an instrument – it could fill stadiums. The band is tight, polished and their brand of emo-infused rock has the
potential to sell masses..." (Fasterlouder.com.au)
“Fantasies or Nightmares” is available now at all good music stores, through Override Records/MGM
Distribution.
Contact Brad Lennon on 0433 120 923 or imaginaryfriend@localscene.com.au for further
details/bookings.

Discography

EP: "Fantasies or Nightmares"