Thus Owls

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Thus Owls
Thus Owls at Hillside Festival 2015.jpg
Thus Owls performing at the 2015 Hillside Festival
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indie pop
Years active2000s-present
LabelsSecret City Records
  • Simon Angell
  • Erika Angell

Thus Owls is a Swedish-Canadian experimental indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec, consisting of husband and wife duo Simon and Erika Angell, [1] who are backed up at times by guest musicians.



Prior to forming the duo, Simon Angell was a guitarist in Patrick Watson's band, while Erika Angell was based in Sweden, where she led bands Josef & Erika and The Moth and was backup vocalist for Loney, Dear. [1]

Thus Owls formed as a four piece in 2007 when Erika Angell began collaborating with drummer Ola Hultgren, bassist Martin Höper and pianist Cecilia Persson. She met Montrealer Simon Angell while they were both on tour in Amsterdam the same year and he joined the group.

The band released Cardiac Malformations in 2009. [2] Cardiac Malformations was recorded by Oskar Lindberg during five days in the Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band toured frequently over the next two years in support of the album, mainly in Europe and parts of North America, playing with such bands as Patrick Watson, Karkwa and Little Dragon.

The following album, Harbours, was released on January 23, 2013. Harbours was recorded at the La Frette studio in Paris, France.

Erika and Simon Angell subsequently moved to Montreal, [1] and enlisted local drummer Stef Schneider and keyboard player Parker Shper to round out the permanent lineup alongside bassist Morgan Moore. Their third album, Turning Rocks, was released in 2014 on Secret City Records, [3] and was a longlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. [4]

In 2017 the band performed in a Leonard Cohen tribute concert in Montreal. [5] In 2018 they released their fourth album, The Mountain That We Live Upon. [6] [7] The Angells were accompanied on the album by guest musicians Laurel Sprengelmeyer, Nicolas Basque, Michael Feuerstack, Marc-André Landry and Jason Sharp. [8]


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