Hey Neighbor: Meet I Am The Owl

When it comes to being a band in Fort Collins, look to I Am The Owl. They have set an example as supportive, professional and hard working musicians. We are proud to call them members of our shared practice space, Cohere Bandwidth!

I Am The Owl

Place in the Neighborhood: Cohere Bandwidth Member Band

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I Am The Owl from left Josh R. Kyle K., Corey H., Josh H. -photo by Jess L. Paul

How long have you been a band, and what made you decide to seek out shared rehearsal space for band practice? What is your favorite part about rehearsing at Bandwidth? 

I am the Owl started in September of 2014. We had been practicing in Josh H.’s basement, and when he moved to a new place, we were out of a space. We love practicing at Cohere because of the bass/drum/PA backline, and the ability to practice late into the night if need be!

Who are the members of your band (and what instruments do they each play)? 

Josh Rivera: Vocals & Guitar

Josh Harrelson: Guitar

Kyle Krueckeberg: Bass & Vocals

Corey Hatch: Drums & Backing Vocals

How did you meet?Josh R and Josh H met in 6th grade (1998!). We met Kyle around 2008 when he was playing in The Metal Band Crow, and he later played with us in Nutricula. When Nutricula broke up, we decided to stick together and start something new. After going through a bunch of drummers that weren’t really a great fit, we found Corey when he responded to a Facebook ad!

What do you do for work … and play?

Corey: I am the sound designer/ board operator at Midtown Arts Center here in Fort Collins. In my free time when I’m not playing music, I like to be doing something outside.

Kyle: Music falls under both. Video games and frisbee golf for fun. Store manager at 7-11 for work.

Josh H: I work as a scientist…when I’m not working I enjoy doing outdoorsy stuff with my family and riding my mountain bike.

Josh R: I work at Madwire Media in their Social Media Management department. For fun I like skateboarding, playing with my dogs, drinking whisky and beer, riding bikes, and playing table tennis

What makes your band unique?

Kyle: No one knows what genre we are… even us

Corey: We are mostly categorized as “punk”, but the guitar parts are much more intricate and heavier, plus having multiple vocalists in the band gives us a more unique sound.

Josh H: We strike a solid balance of an incredibly raw sound while showing technical proficiency on all of the instruments. The energy is hard to contain within a recording and makes for an explosive live performance.

Josh R: I agree with what everyone else has said, but on top of that, we have a lot of fun. I’ve been in a lot of bands where fun eventually falls to the wayside, but we manage to keep that at the forefront, which makes being in the band a blast.

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I Am The Owl -photo by Jess L. Paul

Are there any other local bands that you find inspiring? 

Corey: Attack on Venus, Amy and the Peace Pipes, American Blackout, Little Vicious (if that still counts), ARRAS, Slow Caves, Wiredogs.

Kyle: Cheiftain because you can see/feel how much fun they are having when they’re playing together. In The Whale for their success and reach outside of Colorado.

Josh H: I’ve got huge appreciation for the musicianship of Chieftain and American Blackout.  The Bomb Threat dudes seriously bring it live too.

Josh R: I love all the bands my friends are in, like Chieftain, American Blackout, Bomb Threat, Men of Letters, Slow Caves…too many to list really! The Fort Collins scene kicks ass, and there are lots of great Denver bands too, like Allout Helter and The Windermeres. Colorado music in general is in a great place right now!

Current soundtrack to a day in your life — (what band(s)/song(s) you’re listening to, local or otherwise?)

Corey: All of the above (local bands), Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Blink 182, Iron Maiden, Every Time I Die, Slash, Nirvana, Rise Against, lots of classic rock, Clutch, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, many others.

Josh H: Gallows, Meat Wave, and Every Time I Die have been in heavy rotation lately.

Kyle: The Dear Hunter, Norma Jean, Lamb of God, The Offspring, Circa Survive, System of a Down, The Receiving End of Sirens

Josh R: Let’s see, looking at my recently played on iTunes…. I listened to Every Time I Die, Propagandhi, Mastodon, Periphery, Revocation, the Stranger Things soundtrack, Kanye, Katy Perry, Third Eye Blind, Hootie (and the Blowfish), Slipknot, The Dear Hunter, Steven Wilson, and Guthrie Govan today.

Any goals you’re working toward as a band? 

Mostly, we are working on writing our second EP right now. Besides that, strengthening the local scene here in Ft. Collins, and expanding our regional following by playing more shows down in Denver.

What’s the most important thing you accomplish at band practice? 

Our most productive practices are when we can fine tune the small details that make for cohesion. Most of our rough drafting happens at home and practice allows us to get a sense of how the song will play live and what we can do to create the best flow. As long as there is some forward progress, and we are having fun, we’ve accomplished what we set out to do

Where can people find you/your music?

Our next show will be on 10/27 at the Artery.

We are on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play, and Tidal, and you can find us online anytime at www.iamtheowl.com. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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