S.F. Experimental Outfit Barn Owl Spreads Its Wings, Plays the Independent Tonight

Thanks to both the national media and the local one, most of us know about the more-than-worthy garage-rock, shoegaze, indie-pop, and electronic sounds emanating from the S.F. scene. But far less appreciated are the aquifers of creativity stirring beneath us in the Bay Area's experimental underground — and the guitar-driven drone duo Barn Owl is at the top of all that.

“Compared to bands like Weekend, Thee Oh Sees, these more garage-pop-oriented bands, I don't see us having much in common with them,” says Barn Owl's John Porras, sipping tea with his bandmate, Evan Caminiti, while they consider their place in the local scene. “At the same time, something is happening here in the experimental world that I'm happy to be a part of.”

Since 2006, the two musicians have been playing what they call “dreamy Americana,” or “long-tone music,” under the name Barn Owl — releasing loads of work, both on their own and through small labels like local imprint Root Strata. But with four years' experience under its belt, Barn Owl recently stretched its wings much wider for its new record, Ancestral Star.
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