Brooklyn’s Weird Owl will release its new album, ‘Bubblegum Brainwaves,’ on October 13th. The band’s sixth release in a decade, it explores themes of cognitive dissonance, darkness, and uncertainty and is highly informed by the current political climate. It was recorded and produced by Psychic TV guitarist Jeffrey Berner and features a guest appearance by the legendary Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
The band recently released synthy lead single You (Sometimes Not You), and now they’ve shared another nibble of the album with second single War. Its lyrics explore how the act of war has changed — becoming democratized, so that anyone can take part without following a set of prescribed rules — and it shows a darker, heavier side of the band’s sound. You can stream the track via SoundCloud below.
Since forming in 2004, Weird Owl has kept busy putting out a steady stream of new music and touring the US and UK. After self-releasing their first few albums, 2009’s ‘Ever the Silver Cord Be Loosed‘ and 2011’s ‘Build Your Beast a Fire’ (recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato and Bishop Allen’s Justin Rice) were released by Tee Pee Records. Later demos caught the attention of The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, who released the band’s 2013 EP, ‘Healing,’ and 2015’s ‘Interstellar Skeletal’ on his own A Recordings, Ltd.
‘Bubblegum Brainwaves’ track listing
1. Invisibility Cloak
2. You (Sometimes Not You)
3. Black Never White
4. Such A Myth
5. The Lizard & The Owl
7. Bartholomew Iris (ft. Genesis Breyer P’Orridge)
8. Many Things I Saw in the Coffin
9. Tired Old Sun
Live, Weird Owl has supported BJM on tour in both the US and Europe and performed at various festivals, including the Black Angels-curated Austin Psych Fest, The Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, and The Netherlands’ Incubate Festival. They will celebrate the release of ‘Bubblegum Brainwaves’ at Brooklyn venue The Kingsland on October 20th.