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Interview with As Owls Sing To Crows!


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Genre(s): Blackened Death Metal/Groove
Location: Portland, OR

PSAB: Where did your band name come from, and what exactly does it mean?

AOSTC: As Owls Sing To Crows is essentially a metaphor. The owl, when viewed in witchcraft and mythology, is a villain. The crow is often viewed as a pest or vermin and, as we know, there is a big abundance of them. So, the villain sings to the masses. We try to follow a theme in our music, which  is the dark gloomy pacific northwest.  What better inspiration than to use things we see in Oregon?

PSAB: You released your album Paper Antler back in September. How’s the feedback been for that?

AOSTC: Well, we had quite the organic welcoming lately. Due to Paper Antler being on a few blogs and free download sites from our fans, we have had quite a few reviews, and they are very positive and it’s really encouraging that people really like us and support us which we feel really grateful for. Our album is also free now to anyone who would like to download it.

PSAB: You’re a two-man band. Why did you choose this route over a traditional band setting?
AOSTC: Me and Justin chose to be a duo because we have became such good friends during the bands formation that we think for the moment it’s just easier to canvas imagery and sound structure since we  have high similarities on how we want the music to be. However, we never ruled out the idea of other possible band mates in the future. But for now, who knows?

PSAB: How’s the music scene in Portland, OR?

AOSTC: The music scene in Portland is really amazing and it certainly has its distinction in the city. Some of my favorite bands from here would be: The Odious, Agalloch, When They Invade, and many others! I recommend others to explore our scene! I think there’s a little of everything for everyone.

PSAB: What plays the most influence on your music? This can be non-music related.

AOSTC: For influences, hmm… I would have to say for me, my favorite Musical influences would have to be Fair To Midland, The Human Abstract, The Contortionist, The Haunted, Agalloch, The Faceless, Wretched, Kagero, Gogol Bordello, In Mourning, and Isis.My non-musical influences, for me, would be: Gardening, parks in the fall, my wife and son, abstract imagery discussions, poetry, and of course my bearded brother from another mother, Justin Wilson :)

And for Justin “Captain Chicken strip” Wilson, his musical influences are Bloodbath, Devil Driver, Opeth, Dark Funeral, Beneath The Massacre, and Ion Dissonance.

His non-musical influences include: The gloom of the northwest, my parents support of my music, the love of my life and my best guy and band band mate Taylor. What makes him tick is rain.

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