Four years ago, Make Do and Mend’s release of We’re All Just Living struck Connecticut’s
Matt Banta with a realization that eventually led to the formation of his
newest musical project, Night Owls. “When I
heard what this band from West Hartford was singing about, I realized that I could do this,” Matt told me outside
of a show on Thursday night where the post-hardcore/punk band played alongside
a slew of great acts including Code Orange Kids and Daytrader (recent Deathwish
and Rise Records signees), as well as their local friends in Heavy Breath. Playing
shows with big-name artists within the current punk scene is becoming a common
occurrence for Night Owls, who consist of Matt Banta (guitar, vocals), Travis
and Dan Dings (bass and guitar, vocals), and Melissa Johnson (drums, vocals). The band, having only been together since
last May, has already played with names as big as Transit and Basement, and
they are showing no signs of slowing down.
Dearly, the band’s debut EP, which
was recorded with Chris Teti and Greg Thomas at Silver Bullet Studios in CT,
has been out for a month now and has gotten great reception from local show
attendees. The four-track EP combines
the aggression of punk music with heart-on-sleeve lyricism and elements of
post-rock, nodding at Night Owls' wide variety of influences.
Dearly is available for free download on Night Owls' Bandcamp.