We Became Owls...
We Became Owls is an Alternative Americana band from Oakland, CA. Songwriter Andrew Blair and multi-instrumentalist Ross Warner began creating, writing, and composing music together in middle school. Influenced by the sound of Greenwich Village in the 60's, the Texas of Van Zandt and Earl, and more contemporary acts like Wilco, Damien Jurado, Drive by Truckers, and Jeff Buckley, We Became Owls recalls a sound heard in the jukes, front porches, barns, and hillsides of a long forgotten era.
WBO released "There Are Other Animals at the Zoo" in July of 2014 to acclaim from local media outlets the SF Bay Guardian, 7x7 Magazine, and THe Bay Bridged. Recorded in February at legendary San Francisco studio Hyde Street Studio C with producer Scott McDowell (Sean Hayes, Goegrapher, Kelly McFarling), the album reflects the sound of the band in its current state, and marks the growth of Blair and Warner as song writers, while invoking a significantly larger more layered sound.
The earliest iteration of the band was Blair and Warner performing as a duo, playing and singing songs written by Blair. The duo performed around the Bay Area gaining a small loyal following of music fans wanting to hear simple, heartfelt lyrics sung in harmony over tight guitar work. Shortly thereafter Blair met cellist Robin Ward while writing lyrics in an Oakland pub. The two sat for hours and talked music. The connection was there and Ward began playing out with the band, adding her keen ability around the cello to the tunes. Soon after the band got together with local sound engineer Dan Foldes to record a four song EP at HITWall Studios in South San Francisco.
The band recorded five songs, straight to tape, in a mostly live setting. The four song EP received critical acclaim from local music critics from 7x7 Magazine and The Bay Bridged, with Russell Jellenik calling the opening track Suitcase "a lovely, bare-bones folk song with a lap steel coming in and out that keeps you on your toes."
The band now consists of Warner and Blair, along with upright bassist Doug Keen, vocalist and banjo picker Kelly McFarling, and local drum aficionados Andrew Laubacher or Kyle Caprista sitting in on drums.