60 Seconds With... The Owls / by Ryan Williams

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I MESSAGED JOESEPH BOURKE (FROM THE OWLS) ON FACEBOOK LAST MONTH TO CHASE DOWN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BAND. SUPER NICE GUY. PROMPT REPLIES, POLITE, EVERYTHING. THE ONLY THING THAT GOT ME THINKING WAS THAT AS SOON AS HE SENT BACK HIS ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS, HE DEACTIVATED HIS FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. IS HE OK? WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? HE COULD BE DEAD! IF THIS IS THE CASE, THIS COULD VERY WELL BE THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH JOESEPH BOURKE (FROM THE OWLS). I HOPE NOT THOUGH. TheOwls

For people who don't know your music, who would you compare it to? We get a lot of different comparisons at our shows which is good that people pick up on different things. I'd say it's mostly desert bands like Queens of the Stone Age, or brit-pop bands like Kasabian.

Your latest release, Own The Streets, sounds really, really good. Are you stoked? Yeah, totally. We decided to do this one at Jungle Studios in Sydney with Lachlan Mitchell (our producer). He would come in with some crazy ideas that really helped bring the best of each song out. When we heard the final mastered tracks back we were all really blown away with how it sounds.

How is the the tour life treating you? Really great. It's nice to go to so many places and meet new people. We've been to places we had never toured before so it was great to have people come to shows and get into it.

What are The Owls listening to in the van? At the moment it's a mix of Violent Soho, Royal Blood and Radiohead.

This might be old news now, but did I see Joshua Bailey with a broken arm on stage? What happened? Yeah, two days before the tour kicked off he shattered his elbow in a game of sport. We still ended up going to Adelaide and Melbourne that weekend. Josh had surgery the following Monday and we headed to Darwin on the Friday.

When can we see you next in Newcastle? After being all over Australia, are you keen for a home town show? Our tour ends with a hometown show at The Cambridge Side Bar on Saturday, October 11. We haven't played Newcastle since before the EP was released so we're looking forward to seeing how the new tunes go down.

Now that you're rubbing shoulders with Richard Kingsmill, Dave Ruby Howe and Dom Alessio at Triple J, what's next for The Owls? After the tour we've got a few boutique festivals lined up around the country, as well as a few support shows. We're going in to track our debut album towards the end of the year so a new single from that should be out mid-January, 2015. I think we'll be taking it pretty easy for the rest of 2014 as we've been touring pretty heavily since the release of Krakow at the start of the year.