Montreal/Stockholm band, Thus Owls, have premiered the video for their song As Long As We Try A Little. The track is from their upcoming album, Turning Rocks, out on April 8th via Secret City Records. To create the video, Thus Owls turned to friend and fellow musician/filmmaker Joe Yarmush, who shot it on a very cold day in Montreal in January 2014. Thus Owls have also announced more tour dates in support of the album, including an appearance at SXSW in March.
The video for As Long As We Try A Little tells an abstract story about two brothers in Montreal, during the winter, and also features Simon and Erika. The narrative unfolds after the brothers receive an envelope with a simple note inside written in Swedish that says “Det är tid,” translated, “It’s time.”
Thus Owls are a transatlantic band comprised of husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. The band originated in Sweden as an outlet for Erika’s songs. She met Simon by chance while the two were touring in Europe as part of different bands that were paired on the same bill. Erika recalls that she “fell in love with Simon’s sound right away,” citing the “harshness and the sweetness combined” of his guitar, as well as his experimental approach to music. It wasn’t long before they were married, and making music together as Thus Owls.
Turning Rocks is lyrically inspired by Erika’s childhood home: a small house in her family for generations, in a tiny village on Orust—an island in Sweden just north of Gothenburg. The process began with true stories that Erika’s grandmother told her about people and events from her own youth. “She was a little girl growing up on the exact same land and in the same house as I did,” Erika explains “so when she spoke about all those things I felt very connected to it.” The process followed from there, with each song on the record drawing inspiration from a different human life somehow connected to the place. As Long As We Try A Little, is about her grandmother’s two aunts—seamstresses who lived and worked together—and one of their untimely ends.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
03/04 London UK @ Ace Hotel
03/05 Amsterdam NL @ Paradiso
03/13 Austin TX @ St David’s Bethell Hall/Secret City Records Opak SXSW Showcase ^
04/02 New York City NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
04/05 Laval QC @ Maison des Arts *
04/08 Toronto ON @ Horseshoe Tavern FREE
04/09 Montreal QC @ La Tulipe FREE
04/11 Quebec City QC @ Theatre Petit-Champlain
04/17 Tulle FR @ Les 7 Collines
^ w/ The Barr Brothers, Timber Timbre, Leif Vollebekk, Basia Bulat, Maica Mia
* w/ Eliot Maginot