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Owlls (live at Corsica Studios)

OwllsCorsica Studios, London 2nd May 2007

OwllsLooking like refugees from several different bands who all met up in a jail cell after a drunken night gone horribly wrong, it’s north London’s finest pirate bar band Owlls, and they really should be playing in Tortuga in the 17th Century rather than Elephant & Castle. But no matter; by the time they’re a couple of songs in you feel like they may as well be. Bring me the horizon, and why’s all the rum gone?

Every inch the rock’n’roll preacher of doom, frontman Luc growls, howls and yowls his way through a set of rock-solid whiskey-sodden numbers, taking in sea shanties, gypsy dances, gothic terror and all points in between. One

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Morning Bride/Owlls (live)

The Others, LondonMark Pearson and Amity Dunn of Morning Bride (pic: Richard Fontenoy) 12th November 2005

Luc and Kim Owls (pic: Richard Fontenoy)Saturday night and The Others is jam-packed- what was a freezing, damp, stone-walled building scant minutes earlier has become a furnace, as the great and the good of Stoke Newington come together to celebrate the launch of the debut single from local heroes Morning Bride. As well as the paying punters, also helping them celebrate are the magnificent Owls, whose blend of Birthday Party-style chaos and Waits-esque folkiness is never less than impressive, with tonight being no exception. Frontman Luc Owl is clearly in his element here, all absurdist song intros and hellfire preacher stomping providing a scarier counterpoint ot what is to come later.

Which is, of course, Morning Bride. You could, I guess, if you were the sort

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