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The Game of Monogamy

Author: Adam Barnett
12/09/2010 | | | Live Show Preview
Tim Kasher is considered one of those staples in indie-rock music that you just can't help but notice. His very dynamic, distinct vocal style and his wide range of styles started with experimental emo bands like Slowdown Virginia, evolved into the post-hardcore power-house Cursive and branched off into his folkier but equally intriguing side project, The Good Life. But now, Kasher is going solo, and he's supporting Minus The Bear at Canopy Club Dec. 11. at 8:30 p.m.

"I always figured there would be a point when I got older where I'd start a catalog under my own name," said Kasher.

Kasher's debut album, The Game of Monogamy, offers him more freedom with regards to his music and overall instrumentation. Thus, his music under the project "Tim Kasher" is much more personal and definitive of who Tim Kasher is as an artist as well as a person. Kasher said his lyrical themes don't differ much from his previous ten albums under Cursive and The Good Life. However, the fact that he's 36 provides him a "fresh perspective."

"The album, it's one of those conversations people are having in their 30s," Kasher said. "I wanted to explore it now that I'm older."

Since the record's release, Kasher has been touring all over the United States headlining shows and has recently started supporting Minus The Bear.

According to Kasher, the performances under his name don't differ too much. "It's still rock 'n' roll," he said. But this project, he said, "is more dynamic than the others."

The Game of Monogamy is filled with hushed, swelling moments; sweeping, orchestral, melancholy tunes; fiery, in-your-face dark songs and pretty much everything in between. This project is definitely a "more dynamic" representation of the monotony of cultural standards (specifically marriage) associated with a society focused on two different colors of collars.

Along for the ride is fellow Cursive member, Patrick Newbery, on keyboards and trumpet, whom Kasher said has helped him "every step of the way" in his musical career. Also touring with Kasher is Chicago drummer Dylan Ryan and bassist/cellist Lewis Patzner.

Cursive toured with Minus The Bear in 2003, and Kasher said that he's maintained his connection with the band. The drummer, Erin Tate, even contributed to a few tracks on The Game of Monogamy. Now, Kasher is back touring with Minus The Bear in what will definitely be an incredible concert experience for everyone involved. Doors open at 7:30 p.m
The Game of Monogamy

The Game of Monogamy

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