Ian Fowles

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Ian Fowles
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Fowles performing with The Aquabats in December 2012.
Background information
Also known as Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk
EagleBones Falconhawk
Born 1979 (age 34–35)
Genres Rock, punk rock, hardcore punk, emo, new wave
Occupations Musician, author, actor
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Death By Stereo, The Aquabats

Ian Walton Fowles (born 1979) is an American musician, actor, and author, best known as the current guitarist for the Orange County rock band The Aquabats, in which he performs under the stage name and persona of Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk (alternately EagleBones Falconhawk). Prior to joining The Aquabats, Fowles was also one of the founding members of the hardcore punk band Death by Stereo.

Biography[edit]

Early life and Death by Stereo

Fowles grew up in Orange County, and started playing guitar in his early teen years, claiming to have been inspired by seeing the guitarist character of Marty McFly in the film Back to the Future.[1] By the age of 14, he was regularly playing in local punk bands, including one band called CleanX, who opened for The Aquabats in the late 1990s.[2] In 1996, Fowles became part of the original formation of Orange County hardcore punk band Death by Stereo, recording on the band's early demos and EPs. In late 1998, Fowles left the group to serve a two-year mission for the LDS Church in Ohio; though he didn't record on Death by Stereo's debut LP If Looks Could Kill, I'd Watch You Die, he was given writing credits on nine of the album's fourteen songs.[1]

The Aquabats

In 2006, Fowles joined the Huntington Beach superhero-themed comedy rock band The Aquabats as a full-time member, succeeding longtime guitarist Corey Pollock (aka "Chainsaw, the Prince of Karate"). His stage name was conceived in The Aquabats' van during his first tour with the band: "Bones" was derived from his slender stature, while the bird names were playing off his surname's similarity to "fowl".[3][4] Fowles first started writing recording with the band in 2007 on original songs for the children's television series Yo Gabba Gabba!, on which he also appeared onscreen with the band and played a guitar solo as part of the show's "Cool Tricks" segment. He later made his album debut with The Aquabats on their 2010 EP Radio Down!.

From 2012 to 2014, Fowles portrayed his fictional counterpart in two seasons of The Aquabats' live-action cable television series The Aquabats! Super Show!, on which he also worked composing original songs as well as bits of the series' score. Though Super Show! was officially cancelled by its network The Hub in 2014, the band has expressed plans to continue pitching it to other networks.

Other musical endeavors

Fowles has played live and/or recorded with a myriad of other projects, typically spanning the genres of pop punk and alternative rock. Among the groups he has collaborated with include Sense Field, Further Seems Forever, Brandon Saller, The D-Cons, Arthur Hatton, CleanX, Checkpoint Charley, Jacob Luttrell, Dead Sara and the 80's tribute bands The Electric Youth, IronHeart and Members Only.[5] Fowles also played bass for AFI member Hunter Burgan's side project Hunter Revenge, who accompanied The Aquabats on their 2007 holiday tour.[6]

More recently, Fowles played bass with Kepi Ghoulie's band when he accompanied The Aquabats on their 2013 holiday tour, performing in his trademark costume. In August 2014, Fowles was seen playing guitar for My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way's solo project Gerard Way and the Hormones.

Personal life

Fowles is left-handed, and currently plays a left-handed Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jazzmaster model guitar with The Aquabats. He had previously played a Dean Cadillac 1980 custom model.

Like fellow Aquabats bandmates Christian Jacobs and Chad Larson, Fowles is a practicing Latter-day Saint. He is also a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University, where he studies at the School of Religion. In November 2010, Fowles published his first book, an extension of his master's thesis entitled A Sound Salvation: Rock N' Roll as a Religion, a thesis which argues that rock music and culture satisfy an influential definition of "religion" in contemporary religious studies.[7] He has expressed further interest in writing, mentioning in a 2014 interview that he submitted a proposal to write an entry in the 33⅓ series of books about music albums.[1] Fowles currently lives in Fullerton, California.[1]

Discography[edit]

The Aquabats[edit]

Death By Stereo[edit]

  • Demo Cassette (1998) - guitar
  • Fooled By Your Smile EP (1998) - guitar
  • Devil's Night - Live Compilation 7" (1998) - guitar
  • If Looks Could Kill, I'd Watch You Die (1999) - writing credits on tracks 3,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,13

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