One of the best things about living in New York is that there are so many good hard rock/ metal concerts to check out. This past week FOO FIGHTERS, CROBOT, and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM passed through the city. Not to mention we have DEEP PURPLE, Mayhem Fest, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, and MARILYN MANSON coming to the area during the last few days of the month. Last week was no exception as OWL headlined Lucille’s at the famous B.B. King Blues Club in the heart of Times Square.
This power trio is fronted by the charismatic Chris Wyse, who currently plays bass with Ace Frehley and THE CULT, as well as OZZY and Mick Jagger to name a few. OWL are currently touring in promotion of their upcoming third release Things You Can’t See, out July 28 via Overit Records.
Wyse, Dan Dinsmore (drums), and Jason Achilles Mezilis (guitars) took the stage by storm opening with the hard-hitting track “Charmed” from their 2009 debut album. OWL performed to a packed venue and an enthusiastic crowd. There was lots of buzz circulating about this show since its announcement. Chris Wyse was born in Queens and has family that lives in the Upstate area and from a fan’s perspective it felt as though the band was playing for their close friends at a hometown show.
Onstage, Wyse and Jason Mezilis shared a unique chemistry. The performance was intense and both musicians fed off each other’s energy. The song “Rover” had the audience dancing. As the set progressed Wyse went to the side of the stage and pulled out an upright bass that he played using a bow. This has become a staple at an OWL show and the instrument gave off some very dark sounds that added to the music.
Recently it was announced that the band will be back in NYC on August 10 playing alongside PHILM and TEN TON MOJO at Mercury Lounge.
The Right Thing
The Things You Can’t See
Who’s Gonna Save You?
LIVE WORDS AND PHOTOS: ANYA SVIRSKAYA