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Craig Owens keeps his plate full in and outside of Chiodos

for Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Yes, Craig Owens has rejoined Davison's Chiodos and is moving forward with that band. But that's not at all keeping him from his predilection for juggling a variety of artistic endeavors at once.

"I can't stop; art is part of who I am," says Owens, 28, who resides in Rochester. "Being creative is part of what makes me happy, and music is my therapy. I go to it each and every day.

"Trust me; the last thing I want is one more thing for people to say I'm spreading myself thin or doing this and that. But it's easy because I love making music, and I don't have to make a record and then sell it for a year in order to be happy. I'd rather make a few records here and there and make music continuously just for the joy of doing it and not just for a product to sell to everyone."

Recently Owens recorded a cover of Coldplay's "Paradise" for the "Punk Goes Pop 5" compilation and contributed to a mixtape by Flint rapper John Connor. He also launched an acting career in the film "K-11," which premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Currently on hold, however, is Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.), an all-star group Owens co-founded in 2010, after he left Chiodos. The other D.R.U.G.S. members quite after Owens returned to Chiodos, and he's contemplating what he wants to do with the group name now.

"I never wanted to stop doing D.R.U.G.S.," Owens says. "I was pretty heartbroken when they called me and let me know they were going home and leaving the band. They had reasons; I'm sure it was hard for them to sit on the sidelines with all the news we were making (about the Chiodos reunion).

"Obviously they felt Chiodos and D.R.U.G.S. couldn't exist in the world together, but I'm not done with D.R.U.G.S. I still plan on being part of it and having it be an outlet. But now that there's no one else in the band with me, I have to see what's going to come next."

Craig Owens and Bearcat perform Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com. Owens and Bearcat also perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Hard Rock Cafe, 45 Monroe St., Detroit. Call 313-964-7625 or visit www.hardrock.com. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show for both concerts.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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