August 31st, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
“We sing about lobsters.”
“Is that something you relate to?” I asked.
“No, I don’t like songs about things.” Said Owl Farm founder Chris Lyon in a phone interview. “I prefer just abstract lyrics, nonsense. Like, I’m just really wary when people try and sell you stuff in their songs, like an attitude or something.”
I suppose it’s just a coincidence that the Kingston based Owl Farm’s eponymous debut album features songs like, “45 Seconds To Lobster”, “Lobster Stomp”, and their second album, Don’t Stop, begins with a tune called “Like Water For Lobster”. Or is it?
Nah, Owl Farm just seems to have a fun, goofy vibe inherent in their otherwise seriously well written songs, leading one fan to describe them as “a mix between Frank Zappa and Tenacious D,” according to Lyon.
Lyon began Owl Farm in Fall 2007, when a friend of his working at The Tragically Hip studio in Kingston let him come in and use the studio when no one else was using it.
“I’d go in there and lay down tracks and I’d write a bunch of songs. As the recordings started taking shape, I just talked to some friends of mine I’d played with over the years and they got on board.”
The first Owl Farm record featured Lyon playing most of the instruments. Once the full band was assembled, they began gigging and working on the second album, Don’t Stop, this time featuring everyone on their respective instruments. Since it’s release, Owl Farm have been touring around Kingston’s neighboring cities promoting Don’t Stop.
“It’s two hours to Toronto, it’s two hours to Ottawa and two hours to Montreal, so you can kind of play all three cities, and four including Kingston.”
On Wednesday the group will play their second official Toronto show, this time at Rancho Relaxo alongside Truman Peyote and Two Year Touqe. Perfect timing too, since the band just landed at number one on CIUT’s top 30. Pretty impressive, eh? Almost as impressive as…lobster…yeah…