Connecticut stoner trio Owl Maker are set to release their new two-track EP, titled Sky Road, this Friday, November 2. In anticipation of its impending release, we at Svbterranean bring you an exclusive premiere of the EP’s b-side, “Owl City”, in all of its fuzzy, psychedelic glory. As an added bonus, guitarist and vocalist Simon Tuozzoli was kind enough to go into detail about the creation of Sky Road.
Check out all the goods after the break.
Owl Maker guitarist and vocalist Simon Tuozzoli on the making of Sky Road:
The best way to describe the writing process of Owl Maker is to relate it to a game I used to play with friends called Pass The Napkin. We would sit a bar and one of us would start a drawing on a bar napkin. Just a few lines would be scribbled, and then the napkin and pen would be passed to the next in line. We would do this until the drawing was completed. In Owl Maker, we do this with both the music and lyrics.
In the studio, I like to use different guitars and amps every time I record. I’m not afraid to make mistakes in that process. I’d rather experiment and end up with something unique than use the same amplifiers for every recording I make. On the Sky Road recording, I used an Gibson ES 335 and a G&L Doheny, which are both not intended to make heavy music. I’d lie to you if I said I remembered what amps I used. That information is probably written down somewhere, but alas, you will just have to wonder. Anyway, I like the result I got.
We tracked with a Tama Starclassic kit, which is one my studio kits. It has a great bass response as well as a nice brightness due to its combination of birch and bubinga woods. Say “bubinga” out loud. It is righteous. Jessie[May, bass] played a ’73 Jazz on “Sky Road” and a Squier 5 String Jazz on “Owl City.” I snuck in some Moog on “Owl City” as I’m always trying to sneak some Moog in on whatever.
While “Sky Road” is straightforward, “Owl City” leans towards a more progressive piece, and that’s where I really enjoyed myself tracking in the studio. I ended up throwing extra guitars in there, all super clean sounds. I’ve been experimenting with using clean guitars in heavier music. It really messes with metal heads when you deny them distortion. I love messing with people.
Pre-order the EP here.