The Owl Parliament is an americana rock band from blue collar Tacoma with a sound similar to acts My Morning Jacket, Dr Dog, The Black Keys, and The National.
The band was formed as an out-growth of a songwriter's group held in Spiro's living room in 2009, where artists would gather weekly to write, explore, critique and perform to each other. What started in Spiro's living room soon became something more as crowds would gather to watch their monthly Songwriter Showcases inside a small, gritty Tacoma diner.
The songs are written by music vet Aaron Spiro, whose has had share in the limelight thanks to an early 2000's debut produced and recorded by grammy award-winners Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Jacob Dylan, Allison Krauss) and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse).
Nate Daley on lead guitar (Motopony, A Leaf) provides plenty of grit along with Andy Wambem (A Leaf, The Sherman Family) on bass. On drums is the hard hitting Mark Alvis, who is no new-comer to music, having played for acts such as Trevor Davis (The Voice), The Forgotten Dream, and in the early days of Allen Stone.
"Each of us has spent time on the road, and that can be a tough life – there's a real lack of balance and healthy community" says drummer Mark Alvis, who spent 2006 logging over 200 shows in the year.
"At some point you have to ask yourself, is this what I want? Or, can we still create honest music together without having to sacrifice our family's livelihood in the process?
"So that's what this is all about to us. That's what we're doing. We want to create music we enjoy, and try to play shows that inspire us to greater things, while our families do life together."
On February 11th, The Owl Parliament will release their self produced debut EP at the Tractor Tavern in Ballad, with The Cloves and Rough People. Tickets are available online and at the door. Their families will be there celebrating with them.
Heralding from the emerald heart of the creative Northwest, Rough People is Daniel Volland on lead vocals, Greg Rodgers on guitar/vocals, Jordan Schenstead on drums/vocals, Sam Tyner on bass/vocals, and Danny Diaz on guitar/keys/vocals.
Upon first listen, it quickly becomes clear that Rough People are no carbon copy of any one band. A stylish melding of new and old influences, notes of organic early rockin’ soul revues are blended with modern pop sounds and sensibilities. The result is addictive, catchy and undeniably fun rock/pop/R&B/soul music.
With songcraft honed through years of dark hours in studios and sweat-soaked Summer dance parties, Rough People have created an EP full of musical bravado and irresistible soul.