Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on January 16, 2008
By Sarah Backhouse
In the (good) old days, rock bands trashed hotel rooms, destroyed equipment and consumed excessive amounts of everything they could get their hands on. Not so much these days. The current breed of artists seem to prefer saving the planet over screwing it up.
Enter the epitome of this new wave, Green Owl Records.
Green Owl is a Manhattan-based indie label founded by NYC singer-songwriter Ben Brewer (The Exit, The Appletrees), singer-songwriter Ellenike Abreu (The Appletrees) and producer-musician Stephen Glicken. All three are hell bent on presenting music and art in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way.
Having already partnered with Warner Bros. on the release of the Live Earth CD & DVD, April 8th will see the launch of their first official release, The Green Owl Comp: A Benefit for the Energy Action Coalition. The two disc CD & DVD will feature a collection of 16 songs, including tracks by Feist, Bloc Party, Of Montreal and Deerhoof, as well as exclusive music videos and interviews with Energy Action co-founder, Billy Parish.
And the point of it all? Every cent of profit will go to the Energy Action Coalition.
The Energy Action Coalition is a collection of 40 organizations across North America, founded and led by students and youth who are into clean energy. They’ve already helped 450 college campuses commit to going carbon neutral and pulled together 6,000 kids together for a Washington DC rally.
In the immortal words of Michael Jackson: “the children are our future”. What better way to empower them than through music?
Of Montreal photo by Tim Soter