Freak Owls

Posted by Christopher Rudder







I'm not entirely sure what "Freak Owls" means or what the artistically weird video for "Little Things" is all about but the music is playfully fun. Vocals remind me of Oren Lavie and the music along the lines of The Beatles or The Monkeys. The Beatles, The Monkeys and The Owls. Humph?. When you hear some of his catchy songs you can't help but wanna skip and be happy, one might even be inclined to dance or prance around for the day using the music as a soundtrack to a very happy life were everything is perfect. My conclusion. Well if your generally a happy person then this music will fit right into your life. If your emotionally flexible then this music has the potential to cheer you up when your down. However, If you generally a depressed, miserable person with frequent thoughts of suicide then this...well it might just be the butter knife for your wrists.

Freak Owls was created from the amalgamation of ideas, restlessness, and frustrations of Josh Ricchio.  After spending the past 12 years playing and touring in a wide variety of collaborative rock bands (most recently, "Pela", "Ladycop", "The Symphony Case"), the desire to lock himself in a room and write what he calls, "catchiness incarnate" became too great. Each song, indeed catchier than the last, is textured with over-layering vocal choruses, sparkling acoustics, and Gnarls Barkley-like danceable beats.  All at once pulling influences from The Beach Boys, Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Local Natives and Death Cab For Cutie, "Taxidermy's" songs make you want to curl up to them and sing along at the same time.  A very personal and uplifting half hour of smiles and moist eyes, Freak Owls wants to warm the heart and chill the spine. "Taxidermy" was recorded by Eric Sanderson (Pela), and features Kolby Wade, Cody Geil, and Kerry Beach on a variety of sounds, voices and instruments. It was released in March, 2010 on Sing Engine Records. 

Listen to "Little Things" by Freak Owls

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CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and to PulpMag. How Are You?


Freak Owls: Doing great, Chris, thanks for having me.  I'm actually in the middle of recording a new song, at the moment.


CR: Nice...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don't know.


Freak Owls:  If there's one thing I absolutely love, it's a good taco.  Or, a sweet mustache.  Two things.




CR: Talk about the musical environment that you consciously chose to immerse yourself in that helped foster the development of your fundamental musical skills such as the self-examination of your strengths and individuality, creating improvisational music, and writing/performance techniques; shaping your musical competence and helping you discover your unique voice that your fans are blessed with in your musical creations.


Freak Owls:  I started out playing and recording to an old Tascam 4-track back in High School with some good friends in a collective called "Abraham Lincoln".  It was pretty ridiculous, but these guys really inspired me to challenge myself right off the bat.  We also made videos of hand puppets that we set on fire called "Flaming Puppet-Head Theatre".   Pretty awesome.  I went on to play in random hardcore bands for the next few years before I moved Minneapolis to study songwriting and engineering.  After that, it was years playing in indie rock bands just honing my guitar and singing chops.  Over the past year, while recording "Taxidermy", I completely changed the way I sing.  For years, I had sang like it was the end of the world and everyone had to know about it,