After a “You’ve GOT To Hear This” part about Autumn Owls, this is now a “you’ve got to read this – interview” we recently did with the band from Ireland. We talked about the song “Ob la di Ob la da”, about Autumn Owls’ future plans, playing a show on the moon, and more!
AMBY: For a start, how would you describe Autumn Owls’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Autumn Owls: Dark and experimental would be the best two descriptions that come to mind.
AMBY: Who or what inspires you as a band?
Autumn Owls: I’m not exactly sure what inspires the music, probably just the excitement I feel when working on new ideas and the endless possibilities that can be taken when creating a new piece of music. I always try to write lyrics quickly and not second guess them too much. I think the more I might analyze the more likely I’m to loose the original sentiment. I love artists like Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Radiohead who fearlessly find new ways to express themselves.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Autumn Owls: I have been listening quite a lot to an album by Magical Cloudz called Impersonator. It’s great.
AMBY: And what song could you live without ever hearing again?
Autumn Owls: Obla di obla da by The Beatles
AMBY: “A Thousand Blind Windows” is a wonderful song, what is the story behind it?
Autumn Owls: Thank you. It was written quite a long time ago now. I think most of the lyrics were written very quickly on a bus journey in Dublin, although the “thousand blind windows” phrase was cheekily nabbed from Howl by Allen Ginsberg.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Autumn Owls: These days I think we could use some legislation for the lawmakers. A law that could prevent governments from rushing legislation through parliament without the proper scrutiny and debate might be a start.
AMBY: Outside of music, what do you do for fun?
Autumn Owls: I love reading and seeing as much of the world as I can.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Autumn Owls: I will try to answer this quick before I change my mind. The White Album by The Beatles, Kid A by Radiohead and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco
AMBY: When it comes to gigs, what would be your dream place to play a concert?
Autumn Owls: I reckon a show on the moon would work nicely for us.
AMBY: What are your plans for the future?
Autumn Owls: We nearly have all our demos finished for a 2nd album. Hopefully get into a studio and refine them soon and put the album out later in the year.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something nobody knows about Autumn Owls… yet?
Autumn Owls: I in fact co wrote Obla di obla da with Paul McCartney.
Thank you Autumn Owls, for giving us your answers!