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Owls & Aliens brings the hot sauce to rock ‘n roll, taking inspiration from the genre’s most quintessential styles. Layers of heavy metal, punk rock, grunge, post-hardcore, classic rock and everything in between come crashing together, creating a beautiful amalgamation of sounds that will leave your earholes wondering what just happened and begging for more. Formed by an unfettered need to play, write, and listen to music, the five members of Owls & Aliens have been slamming riffs together since the beginning of 2019. The band emerged from the depths of Southern Oregon in the small, scenic town of Klamath Falls with a 'work hard, play harder' attitude. After a year of writing songs and hosting local shows in their own garage, Owls & Aliens undeterred persistence to unveil their music to the world drove the band (literally) to record their debut album amidst a pandemic with Sean Stack of Fat Cat Recording Studios in both Sacramento, CA and Austin, TX. Shortly after releasing their first single, Mercy, O&A joined forces with progressive management company MVK Music Group and have since been creating quite a buzz throughout the West Coast and more. With four singles and a self-titled album now under their belt, Owls & Aliens' feet - and instruments - have officially left the ground, preparing to invade a town near you. Please describe to our audience how you came about on the music scene and what is the biggest difference between your first piece of music to your latest! Dustin: "We've been together since early 2019 and had all been involved throughout the small music community in our own way for years before that, which is what led us all to meeting each other. The pandemic got us off to a slow start with booking and getting into the scene, but we're in full swing now. We released our first single, Mercy, in May of 2020 and our debut album was released in July of 2022. We're working diligently on booking shows and writing to keep momentum on our side. The difference between what we were writing early on and now is that when we first got together we would just learn everything each other would throw out there. We were excited to be together. Now with our new material we're being more picky and intentional." What are you doing to push a positive message as the year comes to an end and there is a new beginning coming up with this new year? Dustin: "We have huge goals for 2023. We absolutely love performing and connecting with our audience and fans. We're here to spread love and hope through adversity. We've become a family and we have each other through our daily struggles and grind. We want our fans to feel like they are on this journey with us!" Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful for any upcoming changes happening? Dustin: "Not really any rituals, but we’ll always huddle up before every rehearsal and show just to get our mindset in the correct place. Getting on the same page before you play is very important. We have been known to have some group shots of Jagermeister just before we take the stage" Dakotah: "Don't forget we always play Powerline's song Eye to Eye from a Goofy Movie as our walk-up song on stage anytime we play live! That's a must!" Could you talk about a success that happened this year that you would attribute to all your hard work? Dustin: "We've made friends with some really incredible underground rock and metal bands on the west coast in 2022. I always say that band homies are the best homies. A lot of times the road is exhausting and everything smells bad, you’re broke.. etc. The cool people that you meet along the way make a lot of that worth it." Could you talk about an obstacle that you persevered through? Dustin: "We were in a national competition put together by Danny Wimmer Presents to play Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona, Florida spring of 2022 as well as go on tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Escape the Fate. We ended up finishing second place in the entire country, just barely missing it. It was devastating to come so close. It felt like losing the superbowl I'd imagine. We took the punches and looked at the opportunities and connections we made from that emotional roller-coaster and we're stronger for it. We've shown perseverance on so many occasions and I'm so proud of my mates because of that. First of all, staying together through covid. Keeping our eyes on the long term and putting our friendships first. Some of us have parents with cancer. We're all dealing with just difficult life issues and we're there for each other. We've had some adventures on the road. A flat tire on the RV on the way to San Francisco. Missed sound check, but made it just in time for our set. The show must go on and we'll always find a way! " How do you think these experiences have helped you shape your career and approach your music? Dustin: "A lot of experience is learning what not to do. We're looking to keep networking and making trustworthy connections along the way. It's all who you know." Dakotah: "And how hard you are willing to work to make your goals a reality." How do you continue to develop your community of fans over the years? Dustin: "Music breaks down barriers. If we're pouring our hearts into what we're doing and being genuine then people can feel that. We're not trying to con anyone. We're wanting to be better for ourselves and our fans." Thank you for sharing all your music with us! Can you give us any exclusive on more music coming up? Dustin: "We have a new music video dropping early next year and some show announcements coming very soon!" Dakotah: "Also, be on the lookout for new merch in the upcoming year!" Socials for everything happening NEXT!





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