Out on a Limb

Before the Owls could take on the pop world, they had to face stage fright, shyness, and each other

By now, the four Owls onstage have known each other for so long that to them, there's nothing strange about recording in the place where two of them go to bed. They might not even realize how deeply they've influenced one another. "I feel like we got lucky, that we share a certain sensibility," says LaBonne. But it hadn't occurred to her that the Hang Ups might have shaped that sensibility. In the end, as in all things, luck might have nothing to do with it.

Meanwhile, the Owls have important questions to answer from the Bryant-Lake crowd, such as:

"Buy or sell?"

Nick Vlcek
The Owls: Allison LaBonne, Brian Tighe, Maria May and John Jerry
Nick Vlcek
The Owls: Allison LaBonne, Brian Tighe, Maria May and John Jerry

"Should I go to grad school or just work?"

"Will my back ever heal?"

"Should I pimp my MySpace page out, or focus my energy on starting a Facebook account?"

"And that's what's on all of our minds tonight," says Jones at the end of the show, having read all the questions, as the Owls riff on the chord changes to "Isaac Bashevis Singer."

"I want to thank all of you for coming out," he adds. "You can find more about Radio8Ball at radio8ball.com. You can find more about the Owls by living in Minneapolis."

THE OWLS perform a CD-release show with Elk on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, at THE CEDAR; 612.338.2674



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