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Black Out

Author: Kyle
08/16/2002 | 30music.com | www.30music.com | Feature
30: How long has the Good Life been a band?

Kasher: We have been touring for about a year and a half, something like that.

30: You are also in Cursive and between the two groups, which would you say is your main focus at this point?

Kasher: For a while as it started, I was being very serious of both being equal priority, but Cursive is becoming more demanding for me, so as just the obvious result of getting more offers and more work. That's really the only reason. It is not like I am any less interested in doing Good life. I think we still tour equally to Cursive. For every Cursive tour, we go out.

30: You guys [Cursive] were just out with Appleseed Cast over in Europe. How did that go?

Kasher: It was cool. Appleseed Cast were great hosts. They had been over there you know a couple times already, so they had this built in fan base. We were very comfortable knowing that people were going to be at the shows every nite, because we were really new over there ourselves. But yeah, it was fun.

30: Would you consider your recent LP Black Out to be a sort of concept album? Any intentions there for that?

Kasher: I don't really think it is conceptual so much as that I just write songs in groups. I know what's going on this record and it's like I kind of like them to be not so heavily paralleled. This one I didn't want to be so heavily joined together. But you know I like the lyrics to have a similar theme.

30: Your music is more dark lyrically and musically. Do you care to elaborate at all on that?

Kasher: I'm not really much of a pessimist, but I have a lot to say about the way people work. I have a lot to say about the way I work myself. I'm a pretty hard critic on myself as far as that. I think a lot of that comes out in music and that's why it tends to come out. It's kind a self-abusive diary type of thing. I don't say I think people are bad. I say people are bad and that includes me.

30: Any reason for the switch from Better Looking to Saddle Creek?

Kasher: Not much of one. I was working on the Cursive record and was out on tour with Cursive and I happened to talk to the Better Looking label. They said they were starting this label and I mentioned I was starting another band. They said they just wanted to put it out. I said yeah, I'll send something to you. They were really cool about it. At the time Saddle Creek was listening to it as well. Really rough demos. They wanted the best and since Better Looking was willing and really excited about it, we went with them. I got to know Paul from Better Looking really well, which is cool. It was kind of an experiment. But we are back on Saddle Creek now.

30: Would you ever sign to a major label if it came up?

Kasher: I'm not offended by it nor am I against it. I see it as business practice. Sometimes people want to go that route. Get the whole nine yards. For me it is not as simple as yes or no. If I was ever at a level where I was just completely bursting at the seams of whatever label I was on, where I could go out and have drinks with them or go out and work with them. If it was good friendship and trusted them and they liked what I was doing and wanted to get it out to more people, then yes.

30: What fills up your time when not on tour?

Kasher: This last time after the Europe tour, which was a lot more work then what we have been used to lately. So, I had a week off and then I started recording the next Cursive record for another week and I had another two weeks off where I did almost nothing, but drank and went to dollar movies. It was really a blast. I wasn't so unproductive since I got a lot of the basic tracks for the next Cursive record.

30: When is that coming out?

Kasher: First week of February, 2003.

30: What were you listening to at age 17?

Kasher: You caught me at one of the uglier times. I listened to a lot of good British pop in grade school. In high school, besides stuff like the Smiths and whatnot, I liked Primus, which is still fun to listen to, especially with your friends that used to listen to it. We went and saw them a Lollapalooza, Primus and Tool. That was high school.
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