Brotherhood created through social networking

Bodhi Severns

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Owls Stretching Time play at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park, on Valentine's Day/ Photo credit: Christianna Triolo, staff photographer

Before the world of social networking and constant online media, people would meet in person. Now with the tools of digital classifieds and social networking sites like MySpace, the missing musician for your band could be just a click away.

Formed in late 2008, the Hollywood based band, Owls Stretching Time, used Craigslist and other types of online networking to form their band.

Their sound has been categorized as post hardcore.

“There’s two guitars, a bass player, a drummer, and some of us scream, “ guitarist Tom Pharo said about the sound of the band.

“It’s loud rock, it’s what it is, it’s seriously loud,” said the vocalist, Myrin Mejia.

It started with the band’s drummer Frank Calubanquib. He relocated from the Philippines to the United States to further his education and attend CSUN.

Calubanquib had experience drumming in bands back in the Philippines. Through Craigslist, he found a posting by a guitarist named David Ruiz. After contacting guitarist David Ruiz, he immediately went to meet him to set up an audition.

Pharo was the brains behind a different band called, Surprise!, Pizza Party. He met Mejia at a party. After this encounter, the two musicians began their search for a drummer to complete their band’s lineup.

At the same time, Calubanquib and Ruiz went back to the source that allowed them to get this far — they searched Craigslist for opportunities in finding more musicians to complete a band. They came across an ad looking for a drummer for Surprise!, Pizza Party.

Calubanquib found himself auditioning yet again. After he passed, he helped pull in Ruiz. The band was almost complete; however, after an issue with an uncommitted bass player, Calubanquib once again used his networking skills to recruit the band’s fifth and final member, Pat Petrikov.

Petrikov was also an international student, hailing from Bulgaria. It was then that Calubanquib convinced the rest of Surprise! Pizza Party, to add Petrikov to the final lineup. The new lineup introduced the quintuplet as Owls Stretching Time.

With two full time students in the band, staying motivated is especially important. Calubanquib holds a job and is a full time student, on top of being Owls’ drummer.

“School, music, and work, how do I balance? Fact is, I don’t have to balance music with anything. Playing music is like breathing to me. It has been my only outlet of frustration,” said Calubanquib.

For the future, the band hopes to get back into the studio, improve their publicity through re-vamping their Myspace music page and playing more live shows. Owls Stretching Time is also discussing the possibility of a mini California tour this summer.

For more information about Owls Stretching Time, check out their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/owlsstretchingtime.