Way back in February our friends at Sofar Sounds brought their homespun, musical revue to our humble West Village abode. While at first we weren't sure what to expect from these curators of cool, within minutes of opening the doors it was clear that the hand-picked party guests drew from the hipper denizens of the city, liquid libations flowed freely, and the bands would be absolutely stunning. Wake Owl was the last to play for the cozy gathering on that night so we thought we'd hold out for a bit on the site as wellgive them the headliner status they properly deserve. With left of center folk rock, elevated by the kind of psychedelic fiddling that sounds like some countrified Velvet Underground, we think you'll find the wait for this sesh well worth it
- I'm Colyn Cameron. - I'm Aiden Brant Briscall and... - And we are Wake Owl. So didn't you find love Or salvation in what they do A heart is built of gold The fairies, they are too It's in the hands you hold How long can we ignore We build a little more And then we break our truth Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh I don't feel like I'm fallin' I'm up against the sky I said I'd taken it all in To make the good life I don't feel like I'm fallin' I'm up against the sky Let's grab the heart of the world And turn into the light But I cannot turn around The angels see me now Go where I'm bound You smile like you know The new world Has been found I don't feel like I'm fallin' I'm up against the sky I said I'd taken it all in To make the good life I don't feel like I'm fallin' I'm up against the sky Let's grab the heart of the world And turn into the light I don't feel like I'm fallin' I'm up against the sky Let's grab the heart of the world And turn into the light - Thank you Musically it encompassed every thing I was searching for on that EP, kind of all the different aspects, and it just kind of held a little bit of everything for me. This song was kind of the most, probably the most personal song for me, in terms of what I was writing about, which was just kind of a person that was in my life at the time, kind of just dealing with different things like addiction mainly and pain, and that's kind of what the song's generally about, but not trying to make it sound so depressed. Yeah, so... This new EP, Wild Country, came out in January and it's really good to have it out finally. It's a, yeah, it's been a bit of a, like, long time coming for it, as it was released independently and written and recorded kind of about a year and a half ago. So it's good to have it just out and so we can actually start kind of growing from it, you know what I mean. So, yeah. I'm hungry like the tide It's you and I Let's pick a fight And I want to be cured We're never sure Look inside A diamond in the sun It always was And don't you run When I was just a kid With all my heart to give What were you trying be And once it all got good You're nowhere to be seen Man, what else do you need The river wants to drown The fire burns Now it's my turn I'll keep some for myself Is this wealth Or is it hell Shit, I'm really scared I don't think I'll fail Or should I care When I was just a kid With all my heart to give What were you trying to be Once it all got good You're nowhere to be seen Man, what else do you need just a thing at the time. It was a time when I was trying to find some music independence away from different projects I was working with. And also having some things happen in my life at the time that just kind of spurred me on to write those songs that are on the EP and they just kind of made sense fitting together and it seemed like something I wanted to do for myself mainly. And since then, it kind of grew and turned into more of a kind of band thing. When I first, like, was working on the EP, it was mainly just something I wanted to share with the general kind of community I had in Vancouver and just kind of, it just, yeah, it was just one of the first times I really felt ready to share music and I felt something in the songs that kind of told me, or just it felt like the right time to share the songs. But since then, I think it's just grown into a process of us discovering the way we're playing live shows now, just kind of every night we're kind of thinking about what we want to be bringing to people and... point for me, is just that I want people to come away from our shows with something they weren't expecting, more than anything. And also that maybe that we were able to play exactly what they needed to hear, even if they didn't know it. You saw me first you Rent to get out of My heart and my soul Keep this Keep everything true I wish them well The devil and those that Run from my honest face And I'm looking for you I got myself worse To recommend first We came like an angel's curse I'm better, you see I'm buffalo now Horses run here now Anything that you want As long as I'm free You want it all for yourself You want it all for yourself You want it all for yourself You want it all for yourself
Singer/songwriter Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl has been immersed in the world of music for the past ten years. Now based in Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR, Colyn was originally born and raised in Southern California. "In the beginning I was mostly into rhyme stuff/hip hop," Colyn notes, "I wrote rap basically. I used to go around the school ground rapping my verses to whoever would listen. Then about seven years ago I picked up a guitar and taught myself basic stuff and immediately began writing songs."
After graduation Colyn trained in organic agriculture at Emerson College in England, worked on different farms throughout the UK, Germany, Chile and Canada, and traveled the world. Colyn found his journeys to be a catalyst for writing songs. "My writing process is always changing. I usually find the most inspiration after these long periods of not having too much of my own space, touring or traveling. A lot just tends to pour out rather quickly," he reflects.
Upon returning to Vancouver, Colyn spent some time playing in bands before deciding to record the songs he had written after his journey, and thus began the Wild Country EP. "With this EP I was really focused on just creating recordings I could be proud of and felt connected to as a group of songs. I wanted to capture and represent, in all its instrumentation and arrangement, what those songs mean to me," says Colyn. The result is a five-song EP that harvests raw, honest emotion through Colyn's words and melodies.