Thus Owls

Thus Owls

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN

Thus Owls are a five-piece Montreal/Stockholm band based around husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. The band originated in Sweden as an outlet for Erika’s songs and unique vocal-style. She met Simon by chance while the two were touring in Europe as part of different bands paired on the same bill. It wasn’t long before they were married, and making music together as Thus Owls.


Thus Owls are a Montreal-based band comprised of husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell.  The band originated in Sweden as an outlet for Erikas songs, while she was making a name for herself as a prominent vocalist in the Gothenburg and Stockholm scenes. Simon meanwhile was beginning to tour more internationally with Montreals Patrick Watson, as a founding member of his four-piece band. The two finally met when Erika was sitting in with Loney Dear, whom Patrick Watson were supporting on tour in Europe at the time. Erika recalls that she fell in love with Simons sound right away, citing the harshness and the sweetness combined of his guitar, as well as his experimental approach to music. It wasnt long before they were married, and making music together as Thus Owls. It was the last piece of the puzzle, she explains.


Or the last piece of the first puzzle. Simon moved to Sweden and, along with an existing group of Swedish musicians, made two records with Erika while he wasnt touring or recording with Patrick Watson. But it wasnt until they started spending more time back in Montreal that the bands current lineupand soundfinally came together.  Simon and Erika enlisted local drummer Stef Schneider, and keyboard player Parker Shper, to round out the permanent lineup alongside Swedish bass player Martin Hper.  Simon left Patrick Watson and Erika became a Canadian citizen. It was this core group that ultimately recorded Turning Rocks in Montreal in 2013, and whove begun to turn heads with their powerful live show. Turning Rocks will be released worldwide by Secret City Records on April 8th, 2014.


About Turning Rocks


Turning Rocks is the third album by transatlantic band Thus Owls. Its both a scrapbook of memories and oral transmissions from an island in Sweden, and a sonic experiment in tone and colour recorded in Montreal by a band clearly finding its footing.



Thus Owls - Turning Rocks (Secret City Records)
Release date: April 8, 2014