Stomping Grounds: New York, NY by the members of Weird Owl

weirdowlWeird Owl is made up of five dudes who live in New York City and like to answer questionnaires together.  Because of this, Weird Owl’s NYC Stomping Grounds features all five band members, just like their new album Ever The Silver Chord Be Loosed, set for a February 17th release date through TeePee, features eight tracks that span the gap between 60’s psychedelic rock, country fried riffs, and early 70’s heavy metal.  Here’s what the band had to say about The Big Gotham Apple That Never Sleeps.

1. What’s your town’s nickname?
Trevor: I am not sure if there is an official nickname, but you might have heard of “The Big Apple,” “Gotham” or “The City That Never Sleeps.”
2. What’s your nickname for your town?
Trevor: I don’t use a nickname for New York City. If anything, I usually just say the full name with an exclamation point at the end, then look tough.
3. Why do you live there?
Sean: We wanted to be sure there were at least 3,000 other bands in the vicinity to make us look good.
4. What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
Jon: North Woods in Central Park; it’s so Lord of the Rings. You can just imagine all those cute little Hobbits everywhere you look up there, leaping out of the bushes and whatnot. God, they’re adorable.
5. What is your favorite local event/festival?
Sean: The Nathan’s July 4th hot dog eating contest now that the USA is back on top.
6. What is the best time of year to be there?
Sean: If you’re in to comedy, then you’ll probably enjoy being here during the New York Knicks basketball season.
7. Who is your favorite local celebrity/personality?weirdowlmrmet
Sean: Mr. Met.
8. Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
Jon: Anywhere with beers less than $5.
9. Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
Ken: There’s a place next to McGorlick Park that we’ve always referred to as the “Heavy Metal bar.”  I think it’s actually called The Palace Tavern.  They have the best jukebox by far.  All metal, all pre-1990.  There’s some really goofy stuff on there.  Also, I’ve been kicked out of there several times and they always still let me back in.  Cool guys.
10. What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
Trevor: Madison Square Garden/Led Zeppelin.
11. What is your favorite local band?
Jon: At the moment – TV on the Radio – seriously I do like them. God, they’re adorable.
12. What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
John: Applebee’s in Times Square makes a mean onion ring.
13. What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?weirdowlearwax
Trevor: I like Ear Wax on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. Academy Records on North Sixth Street is good, too. These days I am usually looking for weird New Age records with rainbows and pyramids prominently featured on the cover. Rock is dead, and the corpse has been picked clean.
14. What is your favorite local shop?
Trevor: Pearl River on Broadway in SoHo is the best. It’s one-stop shopping for all of your Chinese-made needs: instruments, herbal remedies, cheap toys, dinnerware, incense, windchimes, back-scratchers, the latest in kitchen cutlery technology, etc.
15. What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
John: The Wall Street Journal.