Tracks Of The Day: Weird Owl/Witch
Here we go again – day three of our Tee Pee Records freebies. To bring you up to speed, Tee Pee – one of the best underground rock labels on this planet (or any other planet) – are giving away tracks from their current roster. Today it’s the turn of Weird Owl and Witch. To catch up with all the previous Tee Pee free downloads, and every other Track Of The Day, go here.
OK, Weird Owl. Odd name? Well, this is a band inspired by the likes of the 13th Floor Elevators and Crazy Horse, only brought right up to date.
The Brooklyn band describes their sound as: ‘Beanstalk rock. Don’t climb. Ascend.’ Formed in 2004, the band went through various changes before arriving at the current line-up of Trevor Tyrrell (guitar/vocals), Rusty Kershaw (slide guitar), John Cassidy (bass), Josh Weber (keyboards) and Sean Reynolds (drums).
Says Tyrrell of the band’s music: “It’s an invisible psychic cathedral. It’s total trans-dimensional church rock.” Of course it is!
Last year, Weird Owl released their first album for Tee Pee. It’s titled Ever The Silver Cord Be Loosed (which is a biblical phrase from Ecclesiastes, if you’re interested).
Download the song Skeletelepathic from teepeerecords.com/sampler
Find out more at www.myspace.com/weirdowl
Now on to Witch, who feature Dinosaur Jr. main man J, Mascis on drums (that was his original instrument anyway) with his longtime pal Dave Sweetapple on bass, Kyle Thomas from avant-garde folkies Feathers on guitar/vocals and Graham Clise on guitar.
The band’s sound is described as ‘melding punk-rock tempos with acid-rock freak-outs, while maintaining sludgy head nodding grooves’.
This is certainly true of their second album Paralyzed, which was released by Tee Pee in 2008. From it, download the song Sweet Sue for free at teepeerecords.com/sampler
Find out more about the band at www.myspace.com/witchofficial