Dream Version, Owel, Moxie Motive, Varsity | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Dream Version, Owel, Moxie Motive, Varsity 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., April 19, 6 p.m. 2014
Price: $8
When I first heard New Jersey band Owel last year, I’d already heard of them, and all the coverage I’d seen lumped them in with the likes of Dads and TWIABP—so I had the idea that they were also a twinkly, Kinsella-worshipping fourth-wave emo band. But their self-titled debut (released last year on New Jersey label In the Clouds) doesn’t have all that much in common with those groups. Owel bears a resemblance to Muse, before the Brits’ supersize sound succumbed to bloat, but its polished, ornate postrock occasionally deploys intricate, spindly guitar patterns and hushed vocals to create an intimacy Muse rarely managed—“Burning House” and “The Unforgiving Tide” invite you to lean in and get closer, even as they expand into arena-size ballads. I hope more newer emo bands will follow Owel’s lead and make music that sounds as big as the heavens. —Leor Galil


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