Who said the power trio is dead? When I first saw OWL live I was completely blown away. Opening a metalcore show in Chris Wyse’s adolescent home of Clifton Park with the headliner In This Moment‘s lead screamer, Maria Brink being from the small Upstate New York suburb, too. It was an incredible night of music and OWL held it’s own against the rage and angst of Maria and other support band, Love and Death, fronted by KORN‘s Brian ‘Head’ Welch.
What OWL seemed to have that the others lacked was a stronger sense of presence, of musicality. Whether it was Dan Dinsmore pounding away incredible rhythms and truly setting the whole evening’s pace on the drums or Jason Achilles Mezilis melting faces with incredible guitar licks that left many in the audience whet with anticipation. Then of course, bandleader, The Cult’s bassist that has played side by side with some of the biggest names in music. Chris Wyse. The bass was heavy and the waves of sound pushed the crowd back as they fought to get to the stage to see this hometown kid turn rock star.
The night was great and if you missed it, don’t sweat it. OWL is back at Upstate Concert Hall May 17th as direct support of 10 Years. In a year OWL will be playing bigger shows to bigger audiences. Catch them now in Upstate New York. Last time they played Chris hung out at the merch table signing CDs, posters, shirts and smiling as he talked to his fans, hmmm.. no, his friends. You don’t want to miss this show a second time.
Owl’s upcoming shows are below, with more in the works:
5/17 Clifton Park, NY @Upstate Concert Hall (with 10 Years)
5/19 NYC, NY @ The Bowery Electric’s Map Room
6/21 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
6/22 Los Angeles, CA @Viper Room (with Killcode)