by They Seem Like Owls

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'Strangers' was recorded between January 2013 and February 2016 by each member from the comfort of their own homes. Although Jason and Billy previously knew each other, the entire album was written before Dan had met either. To this day, Dan cannot be sure if Billy is a human or bad-ass drum machine able to pass the Turing Test and Dan has only seen Jason in person once. Our mixing engineer is in Switzerland, mastering engineer in Sweden, and 5.1 engineer in England. Hence, the album is aptly named 'Strangers.'


“I can't WAIT for the new album by They Seem Like Owls, the highly experimental and totally exciting band that's equal parts prog, djent, ambient and healthy dose of avant-garde saxophone-based jazz. Incredible stuff from a VERY under-the-radar U.S. band.”
- Jeff Stevens, Prog Metal Zone

“They Seem Like Owls are a talented trio who hopefully will find some success with 'Strangers.' This is a very well written and well produced album sure to please prog metal fans who like both aggression and atmosphere.”
- Progman Rob, Progressive Music Planet

"... [an album] that has the great merit of offering a wide musical spectrum that can't help but to also affect your pretentious ways. What a discovery."
- Francis Scarci, Pit of the Damned


released June 17, 2016

Jason Margaritis: Vocals
Dan Cutright: Guitars, bass, synths
Billy Cole: Drums
Michael Schiavoni: Saxophone

Artwork and CD/DVD package design:
Shawn Pratzner (

Mixed by: Julien Fehlmann (
Mastered by: Magnus Lindberg (
Surround Sound by: Bruce Soord (


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They Seem Like Owls

They Seem Like Owls is a home-studio project with a broad range of musical influences including progressive rock, post-metal, experimental, and non-musical influences including Albert Camus, David Lynch, and Justin Bieber.

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Track Name: Chasm
Street lights
Shined down
On scarlet
Stained snow

His overwhelming
Sense of apathy
His lack of remorse

He had no intent
No agenda
No spite
No reason

Lights blurred his vision
And the cold (vexed)
Simply by coincidence
He pulled his knife

In the very next moment
An innocent
Or maybe not
Was dead

Loved ones
Least forgiving
Demanded his life
“Let’s watch him burn”

Pointed fingers
From flagrant disgust
The arbiters of justice
Fated him to die

He laid behind his bars
All things end

A God’s pathetic instrument
Entered the chaplain
“You can save your soul” What smug piety

Strapped to his chair
Allowed his last words
“Can you tell me what justice means?”

In death
He laughed and smiled

The world watched
In overwhelming apathy
Their familiar lack of remorse

In the hearts of men
Lies an infinite ocean of emptiness
Track Name: Elevator
[The Absurd Struggle]
Resolute to find order
No matter the consequences
We created an infinity
Of metaphysical speculations
That reduce to nothingness
It’s our failure
To be less ignorant

[Sartre’s Ontological Approach (Partly)]
A fellow stranger
He said hell is other people
Each one
Narcissistic, righteous, and doomed
In the same way

[The Faith Approach]
A determined preacher
Begged for your attention
He demanded you love
A God
Who you must also fear

[The Meursault Approach]
An impassioned rebel
Abandoned hope
Faith and appeal
Unscathed by existence
He took pleasure from his indifference

[Live to Love]
A girl with brown hair
She took my hand
Despite our failings
She accepted me
And I’d never let go

A fellow stranger
Said hell is other people
Bound by the same condition
We’re all strangers
To each other and ourselves
Perception’s inherently flawed
Faith tries to escape
Indifference pretends not to care
With an awareness of our limitations
To be accepted might be enough
All we have left is each other
If hell were other people
I’d wish for an eternity in hell
Track Name: Thanksgiving
The crashing of waves
Against our feet
Basking beneath the moonlight

There was something
In the distance
Far beyond our reach
I wanted to know

Day by day
Others lived mechanically
Their routines
Escaped the mystery

I had so many questions
So desperate for answers
No answers

Day by day
Others lived mechanically

You took my hand
We swam together
Into the unknown

Despite our best efforts
When I couldn’t find answers
You were there to console me

The warmness of your soul
Brought the comfort of home

But in the depths of absurdity
It’s a strange world
The dissonance
It changes people

You grew the eyes of a stranger
And I’m so sick of feeling alone
I can’t find my way
I can’t find my way home

I looked in the mirror
A stranger stared back
Track Name: Light Field
What a curious predicament
So cold and confused
Do I already have
The strength
To create some purpose
And capture the light
The hearts
Of our loved ones
When it all seems
So perpetually futile
Our lives are contradicted
At the fringes
Of our reason
The only way back
Is through verbal convolution
The foundations begin to crack
And it all comes crashing down
We start over again
Find our way back
Or out
If it’s too much for us to bear
Track Name: Shooter
Eludes reason
Seeking patterns
Where there are none
Arbitrary attachments push us apart

I know
You feel victimized
Desperate to blame
You victimize too
Can you tell me what justice means?

This place’s so hard
Take me to some reprieve
I won’t continue this way
The quest for truth
Is absurd

Can you tell me
What justice means
Can you tell me
What justice


No matter how loud you scream
The world stays the same
Track Name: Sisyphus
To myself
Free without choice

So lost

Every time, I followed the sound
Of laughter echoed through these walls
No matter how hard I tried

Gazing in the haze
Across the ocean
Deep in my heart

There’s a storm
I am searching for
A reason

With each wave
Comes another question
I’m reduced to emptiness

I won’t
Continue this way
The quest for truth
Is absurd

We don’t need reasons to love
We don’t need purpose to love

Deep in my heart
There’s an ocean
Of empty answers

We don’t need reasons to love
We don’t need purpose to love

Within this endless storm
Can end our suffering

Wage a war
Against the absurd
I can show you
Create meaning against all odds

To ourselves
And free
All at once
Track Name: Empty Offer
Within these shackles, I have nothing to offer.

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