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Interview with The Grizzly Owls.
This week I interviewed Jenny Andreotti from the band The Grizzly Owls. Jenny and her husband Joseph are the two core members in the band. Those familiar with the Andreottis might remember their previous project, the indie electronic act Calico Sunset, but the Grizzly Owls are an entirely new musical creation that bears little resemblance to their past efforts. In listening to their beautifully sparse recordings, I'm reminded of watching old Westerns; the kind played late at night on local television channels. Their music is nostalgic and spooky, quirky and beautiful. Somehow, The Grizzly Owls have managed to create a vintage sound that is simultaneously modern and unique. Best of all, they've made a large percentage of their catalog available for free! Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit The Grizzly Owls at the links below for some great free music.
Brax: What exactly are Grizzly Owls? Are you involved in some sort of genetics engineering project?
The Grizzly Owls: I don’t remember exactly how we came up with the name. I think we liked it because we thought it had a Twin Peaks kind of feel to it.
Brax: While we're at it, what prompted the name change from Calico Sunset, and what sets the two bands apart?
The Grizzly Owls: It wasn’t so much a name change as we’d decided to call it quits with Calico Sunset and start The Grizzly Owls. The only thing the two bands have in common is that the same two people are in them. The sounds are completely different.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on?
The Grizzly Owls: We only make music as The Grizzly Owls now, that way we can devote our complete attention to it.
Brax: Explain the space time continuum in ten words or less.
The Grizzly Owls: There’s a reason why I always got C’s or worse in science.
Brax: What are you're favorite and least favorite venues to play?
The Grizzly Owls: We love a lot of the venues in the Echo Park area. We’ve played some great shows and have met some great people there. As far as least goes, even the worst of shows teach you what not to do.
Brax: O'Brien or Letterman?
The Grizzly Owls: Letterman. He’s had some great interviews with Tom Waits.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
The Grizzly Owls: iPod for exercising, CD for the car, and vinyl for leisure time at home.
Brax: What bands, past or present, have inspired you most?
The Grizzly Owls: Nick Cave and Tom Waits are huge influences. That and many of the films by Jim Jarmusch have influenced us. We relate entirely to his minimal approach to film making, and have tried to apply that to music.
Brax: What is your opinion on robots?
The Grizzly Owls: Robots are useful. They kind of make the world go round these days don’t they? We’re all entirely dependent on them.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
The Grizzly Owls: You can ask me that again if we ever do. :)
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
The Grizzly Owls: It doesn’t ever hurt to ask. Out of the hundred no’s you get, you might just get one yes. Someone gave our band that advice once and we haven’t been shy ever since.
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Check back next Wednesday for another exciting band interview.