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]

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 Death by Stereo, playing and recording with the band until late 1998, when he left to serve a two-year mission for the LDS Church in Ohio.[1]

In 2006, Fowles joined 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 group: "Bones" was derived from his slender stature, while the bird names were playing off his surname's similarity to "fowl".[3][4] Fowles appeared in character on a 2007 episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!, playing a guitar solo as part of the show's "Cool Tricks" segment, and as of 2012, he currently portrays his fictionalized counterpart on The Aquabats' cable television series The Aquabats! Super Show!, on which he has also served as a composer.

Among his many other musical endeavors, Fowles has also played live and/or recorded with Sense Field, Further Seems Forever, Brandon Saller, Kepi Ghoulie, The D-Cons, Arthur Hatton,[5] CleanX, Checkpoint Charley, Jacob Luttrell, Dead Sara and the 80's tribute bands The Electric Youth, IronHeart and Members Only. He was also the bassist for AFI member Hunter Burgan's side project Hunter Revenge, who accompanied The Aquabats on their 2007 holiday tour.[6]

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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