Saturday, June 21
OWL JOHN (feat. Scott of FRIGHTENED RABBITS)
*Early Show 8-10pm*
$10, 21+, 8pm
The Cellar Door
101 W. Main St., Visalia
Scottland's Owl John is Scott Hutchison, the main-man from Frightened Rabbits, with a refreshing new lease on his music inspiration. About a decade ago his group Frightened Rabbits began and gathered much critical acclaim from the like of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, etc. They signed to Atlantic Records and did some heavy touring, gaining many faithful fans. For this new moniker, Hutchinson teams up with Andy Monaghan and Simon Liddell to create a haunting kick n' stomp of an acoustic-based gothic trio. Hutchison said, " The Owl John album was conceived in two disparate worlds: The Island of Mull on the West Coast of Scottland and in Los Angeles on the West Coast of the United States. Maybe this is the first time that these places have met. Maybe not. Owl John is about what can be found in both of these worlds strange worlds. It's about finding a bit of freedom in an anxious, rotting brain. It's about being an alien man. It's about losing your wits completely, then trying desperately to find them again."
The end result is music that is much darker and moodier than his previous releases as Frightened Rabbits. "I Hate Music" is the first single, just released by Owl John. You can hear it at the band's website.
Tour buddy and event opener, Withered Hand, (aka Edinburgh based folk-rock troubadour Dan Willson) will play his meditations on love, fidelity and transience therein. Willson’s songwriting hits dizzying heights on his new album "New Gods". The music is confessional and melancholy, raucous and life-affirming; his trademark dark humour turned down a wee notch; life, in all its many facets, turned up to full.