There are at least two bands sharing the name Owls:
1) Two decades ago Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor Villarreal, and Sam Zurick formed Cap'n Jazz as teenagers and 13 years ago they followed up that band with their debut self-titled album under the name Owls.
In the time that has passed since then, the members have kept active with a string of other endeavors (including Owen, Joan of Arc, Make Believe, and Ghosts and Vodka) that showcase their diverse and ever-evolving musical aptitudes.
And yet, even as the four musicians branched off in separate directions, the thread that connected them still remained intact (though a bit frayed through two previous break-ups).
Following the 2010 Cap'n Jazz reunion tour, talk soon turned to doing another run of shows – an idea which eventually morphed into making a second Owls record instead. After Zurick moved back to Chicago, IL in February of 2012, false starts abounded before new material finally began to take shape.
With such distinctive musical pedigrees and complex personal relationships to contend with, progress on the album was positively snail-like compared to the five days it took to complete the first record. Two is truly the kind of record that could only have been made by the four unique musicians who all had a hand in crafting it.
2) OWLS is a new band formed by Eraldo Bernocchi, Tony Wakeford and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari.