Thus Owls w/Freedom Baby • June 20, 2019


Thursday June 20, 2019
Doors 7:30PM, Show 8:30PM
Tickets: $15 (+SC) adv., $18 door • 19+

Montreal’s dark pearl Thus Owls, aka Swedish-Canadian couple Erika and Simon Angell, have since their debut in 2009 become an original and independent voice on the alternative music scene. Simon’s harshly charismatic guitar sound blends with the urgency of Erika’s vocals to create a sound that bends and stretches their unusual compositions into ever newer and surprising shapes. It is in the constantly shifting scenery that Thus Owls find their sound. Their soulful adventurousness and musical fluency borrows from every corner of popular music, while pushing boundaries beyond any hackneyed genre classification.  Thus Owls released their fourth full-length album The Mountain That We Live Upon in September 2018. Nine tracks, composed for four guitars, drums and voice, that questions creation from an artistic as well as a biological point of view. What does motherhood, parenthood and artistry mean and what happens in the wake of our choices? From a jazz oriented, avant-garde rock with chanted poetry, one version and one reality takes shape. The unmistakable sound of Erika and Simon Angell carries and brings forward this larger version of Thus Owls into a dynamic, open and free sound where love stands undoubted.  For their fourth full-length album, Thus Owls has collaborated with a seven piece large band. The core trio of Erika, Simon and  drummer Samuel Joly (Marie-Pierre Arthur, Fred Fortin), is surrounded by three additional guitar players; Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream), Nicolas Basque (Plants and Animals), Michael Feuerstack (The Luyas) and bass player Marc-André Landry (Matt Holubowski). The record also features, Jason Sharp on bass saxophone and Emil Strandberg from Sweden on trumpet. The full band was recorded live off the floor, at Hotel2Tango in Montreal, to capture the passion that exists in their powerful and dynamic live performances. The new album will be the first release on Erika and Simon’s new independent label and artistic home, For The Living And The Dead.

“Erika’s voice sits alongside the greatest indie female artists, those who are not afraid of anything, PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Patti Smith” – Devoir

”..a profound complete work, one as towering and majestic as the title suggests. It should go down as a seminal modern art rock album..” – Exclaim!

It is rare that I scream genius, but this concert for me was a huge ★★★★★.  – Canal Auditif

“The richness of the arrangements, the impact of the guitars and the vocal power make Thus Owls a true treasure.” – La Presse

Freedom Baby was formed in June of 2017 by Eric and Brianna who started recording songs in their bedroom. They released their first single, “Video Daydream”, in August 2017 to positive reviews, premiering on Indie88.  For their first EP they enlisted the help of more musicians and expanded their roster from two to eight, switching from the electronic bedroom experimentation to a more straightforward indie rock sound with elements of experimental progressive rock. How You’ll Grow was released in March of 2018 to critical acclaim. Single “When We Go” premiered on EARMILK.  In May 2018, they released a second EP/single, the 15-minute indie rock opera entitled “I Want To Give” which saw the band perfecting the blend of experimental indie rock they started on their debut EP.