If were a fan of massive pop-punk acts from the turn of the century, you might recognize the face of John Collura, as he played guitar in the Ataris from 2001 to 2007, including the era their gold-selling 2003 album So Long, Astoria. And if you’ve been an attendee of the Fest in recent years, you could recognize Sean-Paul Pillsworth as the bassist/vocalist of massively underrated punk band Nightmares For A Week, and before that, Anadivine. So when you put these two seasoned musicians together, what do you get? The Red Owls, that’s what. Their sound on their debut EP, Do You Feel Any Better?, is a throwback to mid-’90s skatepunk like No Use For A Name as well as more recent antecedents like the Swellers, and it’s sure to get your blood pumping. Pillsworth explains:
“The music is a real embrace of our upbringing and musical roots. Lyrically, I was writing from a lot of life experiences that I really haven’t resolved. I just thought ‘Do You Feel Any Better?’ was a perfect name for the EP and a nice jab at myself.”
The Red Owls’ Do You Feel Any Better? EP will be released October 30 on Paper + Plastick and can be pre-ordered here.
The Red Owls’ next gig will be at—you guessed it—the Fest in Gainesville, Florida, on October 30 at 9:40 p.m. at Loosey’s.