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Brass Owl Brass Owl Self-Released Release date: June 22, 2018

Brass Owl

Brass Owl
Self-Released
Release date: June 22, 2018

By MJ Stevenson, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

If you like jam session psychedelic metal or even old school sounding stoner hard rock blues… I give you Brass Owl. The band is made up of three seasoned players: Brian Tater (vocals, guitar), Lonnie Buckley (drums) and Greg Skinner (bass/vocals). This band might not be for everyone but that’s definitely not what this band is about. The band aims to be a new kind of rock and roll.

 

First let's talk name. Before I even dove into their unique sound I was intrigued by the name. I know it’s not the most professional way to pick a band….but it’s like picking your cereal based on the brightly colored box without reading the label. Suddenly you’re eating a store brand Fiber One without sugar and your stuck with it now. And no of course I’m not talking from experience (okay maybe a little). Sometimes though you hit on a good one and it’s a mix of marshmallows and crunchy wheat puffs. Of course an all marshmallow cereal might be prefered but you get the bland with the sweet. It’s how it is. Brass Owl is one of the good ones.

 

Now that we’re all hungry, let's tuck in a napkin and talk about their new four track EP. So here’s the thing. These 3 guys look (and sound) like your father’s garageband buddies from the 70s but they have a sound that’s comfortingly familiar, yet different than what is out there now. At first I wasn’t too sure but as I settled in I realized it was hard to compare them to the bands I’m so used to hearing everyday. The first track “State of Mind” has what I would call a modern message wrapped in some old school sound. Both “Land Shark” and “Spirit Song” have a Rolling Stones Blues and Lonesome album vibe complete with almost flawless riffs and a heavy blues sound. “Mushroom Sally” (my personal favorite) is a vocal-less masterpiece taking you for a ride on the psychedelic train without the crash. I don’t feel like this album quite shows drummer Lonnie Buckley’s stunning work but over all this three piece band plays unbelievably well together. If you have a chance to see them live I would.

 

I really wish these guys all the best. I don’t believe they will have a very vast audience at first however there is some really great talent in their first solo album. Now excuse me while I go the grocery store for some more cereal.

 

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