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Band make return after 13 years to hit the stage in the Midlands

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 05, 2014

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AN indie-rock band are set to stop off in the Midlands as part of a UK tour.

Midwestern band Owls returned after a 13-year absence with new material and plans to head out on tour.

Their debut album influenced countless bands within math-rock and more leftfield indie circles and now Owls will be playing a gig in the Midlands later this month.

The band will be on stage at The Maze, in Nottingham, on September 15.

It's been more than two decades since Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor Villarreal, and Sam Zurick formed Cap'n Jazz as teenagers, and 13 years since they followed up that band with their debut self-titled album under the name Owls.

In the time that has passed since then, the members have kept active with a string of other endeavors (including Owen, Joan of Arc, Make Believe, and Ghosts and Vodka) that have never failed to showcase their vast, diverse, and ever-evolving musical aptitudes.

And yet, even as the four musicians branched off in separate directions, the thread that connected them still remained intact (even if it did become a bit frayed through two previous break-ups).

Following the 2010 Cap'n Jazz reunion tour, talk soon turned to doing another run of shows -- an idea which eventually morphed into making a second Owls record instead.

After Zurick moved back to Chicago in February 2012, false starts abounded before new material finally began to take shape.

As the band members soon discovered, taking on such a project meant aligning schedules and collaborating civilly, neither of which proved to be especially easy feats.

"The band dynamic was eerily similar to the first record," reveals Mike Kinsella.

"In some ways I think we all regressed to whatever roles we filled then, for better and for worse."A spokesman for the band said: "With such distinctive musical pedigrees and complex personal relationships to contend with, progress on the album was positively snail-like compared to the five days it took to complete the first record. But nothing good ever comes easily and a listen to Two bears out this adage. It's truly the kind of record that could only have been made by the four unique musicians who all had a hand in crafting it."

More information on the band is available online at /www.facebook.com/owlsbandchicago

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