Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Owens’

In late 2016, former Girls frontman Christopher Owens announced he’d started a new band called Curls with Cody Rhodes and Luke Baće. the trio has shared their debut EP, Vante. It sounds like he’s having fun, or at least trying to. For someone who was raised in a cult, recently found himself homeless, and has written dozens of songs that hint at drug addictions and a tortured inner life, that feels like enough.

The four-track effort was recorded in both Santo Recording and Outland Studio in the Bay Area, where the group is based. Shane Stoneback is credited with assisting Curls on production, engineering, and mixing. Prior to forming Curls, Owens released three solo albums: Lysandre in 2013, 2014’s A New Testament, and Chrissybaby Forever in 2015. Before Owens announced his departure in 2012, Girls released two near-perfect albums and one gorgeous EP, including 2015’s excellent album Father, Son, Holy Ghost

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Vante EP Tracklist:
01. Dynamite
02. Emotion
03. Golden Gate
04. Gentle and Kind

Curls have lined up a batch of California-only tour dates

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Former Girls frontman and songwriter Christopher Owens released the song “Selfish Feelings,” last week, saying the track was off a “forthcoming album.” Yesterday he surprise-released that album, titled Chrissybaby Forever”. The 16-track solo album, recorded in San Francisco at Decibel Studio, was co-produced, engineered, and mixed by JJ Wiesler. It’s not the first time Owens has surprised the music world. His departure from Girls in 2012 was a shock to many, 
Christopher Owens had a unique upbringing, raised as a member of Children of God, a traveling religious community (aka cult). The group’s reluctance to seek professional medical attention led to the pneumonia-related death of Owen’s infant brother, Steven.

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The new album from Christopher Owens  ‘Chrissybaby Forever’ is available on limited edition 12″ gatefold vinyl, including lyric inserts,  Christopher Owens released the song Selfish Feelings along with unexpected news about a new solo album,  For those who’ve been following Owens’ career, it represents a scrappy return to form. Recorded in San Francisco with engineer J.J. Wiesler, Chrissybaby Forever is arguably the most Girls-ish thing Owens has released since that band evaporated in 2012. It’s also the kind of record that most fans seem to want from Owens: jangly guitars, heart-on-your-sleeve pop missives about being in love and fucking up and just trying your best. The Album opener “Another Loser Fuckup” could be a slightly grown-up spiritual cousin to Girls’ “Lust For Life.”) Even though it’s been less than a year since the release of his last album, A New Testament, Owens credits an overabundance of free time and a health-driven need to keep busy as reasons for the new record’s quick birth. But there were more pragmatic factors at play, too. Having toured his previous two albums supported by a large backing band, Christopher Owens gets from the new record an opportunity to present himself in a way similar to his earliest days as a musician, both aesthetically and thematically. “I think this is just my fundamental view on life,” says Owens of the new record’s subject matter. “It’s a struggle to get though the days, but you find ways. There are friends, and there’s happiness, and there’s small rewards here and there … and that’s what you have to cling to.”

Ex Girls leader and frontman Christopher Owens new single taken from the next solo album released late last year in “A New Testament” its the second album with the video filmed by director Max Minghella the video featured around a high school dance sound like a country throwback to the 50’s.

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Christopher Owen‘s early life is peppered with tales at least as crazy as this: a childhood spent in the notorious Children Of God cult; a period living in Texas under the tutelage of an eccentric millionaire benefactor; an immersion in the Texan punk scene (and its affiliated drugs); a spell in Ariel Pink’s band Holy Shit. Yet unlike all those stories, the gunpoint robbery was an experience that found its way on to Owens’s debut solo album, Lysandre. Clocking in at just over 28 minutes, Lysandre tells the story of Owens’s first tour with Girls, from flying to New York City for a show to falling in love with a girl at a festival in France. Songs about touring with a rock’n’roll band are normally alienating, depressing affairs (from the Arctic Monkeys’ Despair In The Departure Lounge to most of the Streets’ third album) yet Owens makes it sound just like you imagine it should be: a beautiful, bohemian experience. Even the aforementioned gunpoint robbery is only there to contrast with Owens’s joy at turning his life around and being up onstage playing songs. “I made a conscious decision to capture all the feelings and emotions when it was still fresh and exciting,”
Of course, this does beg the question of why life in Girls soured so quickly. The band emerged in 2009 armed with tales of chemical excess and an album (called simply Album) of hippy-dippy anthems for young, lost and narcotically frazzled kids. The follow-up – 2011’s Father, Son, Holy Ghost – was a tuneful yet gloriously unfocused affair that, rather than turn people away, only seemed to cement their cult status. Unlike so many other indie rock bands of their time, Girls seemed like the real deal: unhinged fuck-ups making open-hearted music in a world stuffed with public-school bores looking for something to do with their gap year. Yet, just three years after the tour which Owens describes with such elation on Lysandre, they’d split up.

While promoting his latest album, A New Testament, Christopher Owens recorded an in-studio session for the University of Minnesota college station Radio K. During the session, the former Girls frontman pulled out a sentimental and stunning cover of Jackson 5‘s “I’ll Be There.”

With affectionate finger picking being the only accompaniment, it feels like we are watching a man sing the cherished song to a lover rather than witnessing a studio session. If anything, this cover reminds us that Owens’ is at his best in an intimate and acoustic setting.

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Christopher Owens has unveiled new acoustic country-pop song titled “America”. It’s a tender, whispered ballad about “the months before Christopher left Slovenia to move to America for the first time at the age of 16, while he was busking to raise money for his plane ticket. Owens has released the track in celebration of his imminent tour. Dates are below.

November 2015 dates 15 – University Guild of Students, LIVERPOOL,16 – Stereo, GLASGOW,17 – The Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER,18 – The Lantern, BRISTOL,19 – Islington Assembly Hall, LONDON… So nowhere near Nottingham then Christopher,

 

 

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After leaving Girls Owens and his impressive vocals, Americana guitar and pop hooks released the mini album “Lysandre” with a new album titled “A New Testament” available at the end of September with the above track and the previous song “Stephen” Christopher Owens will be playing a few selected UK Dates.

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A gorgeous new track from the forthcoming album from the Ex Girls Man