Life Finds a Way
"Wills and his comrades seem poised to follow in the Arcade Fire's brand of baroque chamber pop." - Innerview ."..indie pop extravagance." - Independent Clauses 'It's difficult to pin down the magic of an Inspector Owl show, but it's even more difficult to deny it.' - Chicago Daily Herald "Inspector Owl's 2005 EP Patterns of Nerve-Cell Action is an exciting taste of the great things to come." - Radio Free Chicago Corey Wills knew he was in trouble when he heard The Postal Service's Give Up. It was the winter of 2003 and although he had been plugging away on a laptop-pop project for months and knew that everyone would flag it as a Postal Service clone. It's been said that necessity is the greatest form of inspiration and for Wills, necessity came when he heard that album. Four years have passed since Wills started over from scratch and in that time Inspector Owl has blossomed into a dance-rock quintet replete with horns and a former Chicago Civic Orchestra violinist. No one has flagged them as a Postal Service clone, but people have been quick to embrace the group's quirky songs, lush instrumentation and enthusiastic live performances. Their second album, 'Patterns Of Nerve Cell Action', even received a nod from Chicago's WLUW as one of the city's best releases of 2005. On 'Life Finds A Way' the group set out to refine their sound while also expanding into uncharted territory. With Lance Reynolds (Blue Meanies, Ash, Naked Raygun) at the production helm Inspector Owl created a diverse collection of six-songs that combine the indefinable style of They Might Be Giants, the joyous nature of The Polyphonic Spree and the rhythmic pulse of The Faint. Loosely based on Wills' post-collegiate quarter life crisis, the songs cathartically delve into a myriad of topics ranging from the ills of capitalism to finding one's place in the world. Seriousness of their lyrical subject matter aside, Inspector Owl creates music to fuel a dance party. Watching one hundred sweaty people in a cramped basement excitedly writhe and churn to the beat of each song makes you realize what Inspector Owl is really all about. Stolen Mixtapes put it best when they said, "Any Owl concert is known to cause severe chemical reactions in the body. Loss of control of the feet, legs and arms results in strange uncontrollable bodily gyration.....such a reaction is feared by some, but for attendees of an Owl show, embraced by many."