The Owls by Lugosi (2020)
Vocals; JM Burr
Guitar; Alan Morton
Bass; Neal “Rim” Wright
Drums; Jimmy Rooney
Videography; Angel Croitor https://www.facebook.com/cosmopalace.ie/
Video Editing; Alan Morton, Jailbreak Film Production https://filmfreeway.com/AlanMorton
Audio Production; Michael Richards https://www.facebook.com/trackmixreco…
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“The Owls Are Not What They Seem” is a song inspired by a quote from David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult American TV series “Twin Peaks”. The seminal show follows the surreal and often disconnected investigation of the murder of a young girl in a small town and was a sensation when it first aired in 1990. Taking the dream-like tone of this series and expanding its initial field of vision, the song explores a dystopian future marked by uncertainty and fear, and the relationship between current actions and their possible consequences. The chorus name-checks the infamous Bohemian Grove, a campground where famously the Manhattan Project was planned, resulting in the atomic bomb which changed the world forever.
The video extends this metaphor into exploring the mythology of this location and the ceremonies carried out within it. Owned by the male-only Bohemian Club of San Francisco, California, whose membership is populated by high-ranking individuals from business, politics, education and the arts, the Grove has operated as a summer camp for the rich and powerful of American society since the early part of the 20th century. It’s mascot, and the background statue to the summer season’s opening ceremony “The Cremation of Care”, is an owl.
The video further extends the exploration of the ceremony and draws upon other symbolic practices carried out by other male-only closed and secretive orders and postulates the consequences of these actions. Musically, the song has a driving rhythm accentuated by a pumping and pulsating bass and guitar riff, which carries the listener through each verse and into the choruses, finally bringing the song into a culminating solo and a strong finish.