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The Game of Monogamy

Author: Nick Freed
11/18/2010 | Consequenceofsound.net | www.consequenceofsound.net | Album Review
Tim Kasher has been a musical hero of mine since my freshman year of high school. When I first heard Cursive, I was instantly impressed with their sound, and when the Burst and Bloom EP and Domestica came around in 2001, I was blown away. "Mothership, Mothership" is still one of my favorite songs of all time. Then when someone introduced me to The Good Life, I couldn't believe that it was the same guy. The soft orchestrations and somber lyrics really hit home.

And now Kasher has delivered a fantastic debut solo album The Game of Monogamy. He previewed the new album at a small show at Chicago's Tonic Room back in March, which I was fortunate enough to attend. It was just Kasher and some friends playing some of his most personal and heartfelt songs to date. Since then, Kasher has kept busy by being on the road and promoting the new record. He took some time out to talk with me the morning after a show in San Francisco. I asked him about the album, his other projects, and his upcoming New Year's Eve Domestica anniversary celebration in Chicago.

So where are you now with the solo project? Is it something where you go into writing a song thinking, "I'm going to write a song for Cursive" or Good Life or now the solo project? Or is it just a matter of it developing into "Oh, this is a good song for Cursive or Good Life or solo"?

I just write things an album at a time. For now, I don't [write a song then decide]. I like writing specifically for each band.

You seem to have this confidence and freedom with the solo album to put it under your name and not have people expect a Good Life album or a Cursive album. It's freed you up to do whatever you want.

Oh, yeah. Absolutely. There are certain genres and styles that are expected, not just with the moniker and myself but with both bands. I'm hoping that over the years it'll be acceptable just to do absolutely anything because it's just a name and not a band or title. But I could be wrong.

So moving from the solo album, I just saw that Cursive will be playing a New Year's Eve show and will be playing the entirety of Domestica. How did that come about?

We had been playing around with certain ideas as far as revisiting those records in some way. And New Year's Eve was close to the anniversary date. It's not really a tour or anything. I have some family in Chicago and wanted to try and make it feel more special, not just another rock 'n' roll evening. It just kind of made sense.

It was kind of weird for me to think that it's the 10th anniversary of Domestica because I still remember it coming out. It's one of those things where I thought, "Really? It's been 10 years already?" Doesn't seem that long ago at all.

I think I felt the other way. I would've expected it to be the 20-year anniversary or something. For some reason, that record has gone over that hump where it just seems a lot older. But like The Ugly Organ, it's really strange to me that it's seven years old right now.

Are you thinking of doing the same for The Ugly Organ when that 10-year mark rolls around?

I wouldn't be surprised, I guess [laughs].

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Interview: Tim Kasher (of Cursive)

By Nick Freed on November 18th, 2010 in Hot, Interview
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So where are you now with the solo project? Is it something where you go into writing a song thinking, "I'm going to write a song for Cursive" or Good Life or now the solo project? Or is it just a matter of it developing into "Oh, this is a good song for Cursive or Good Life or solo"?

I just write things an album at a time. For now, I don't [write a song then decide]. I like writing specifically for each band.

You seem to have this confidence and freedom with the solo album to put it under your name and not have people expect a Good Life album or a Cursive album. It's freed you up to do whatever you want.

Oh, yeah. Absolutely. There are certain genres and styles that are expected, not just with the moniker and myself but with both bands. I'm hoping that over the years it'll be acceptable just to do absolutely anything because it's just a name and not a band or title. But I could be wrong.

So moving from the solo album, I just saw that Cursive will be playing a New Year's Eve show and will be playing the entirety of Domestica. How did that come about?

We had been playing around with certain ideas as far as revisiting those records in some way. And New Year's Eve was close to the anniversary date. It's not really a tour or anything. I have some family in Chicago and wanted to try and make it feel more special, not just another rock 'n' roll evening. It just kind of made sense.

It was kind of weird for me to think that it's the 10th anniversary of Domestica because I still remember it coming out. It's one of those things where I thought, "Really? It's been 10 years already?" Doesn't seem that long ago at all.

I think I felt the other way. I would've expected it to be the 20-year anniversary or something. For some reason, that record has gone over that hump where it just seems a lot older. But like The Ugly Organ, it's really strange to me that it's seven years old right now.

Are you thinking of doing the same for The Ugly Organ when that 10-year mark rolls around?

I wouldn't be surprised, I guess [laughs].

Because of the time you have spent in Chicago, is that why you chose it for the show rather than New York or Omaha?

We were commenting on that the other day. Chicago has really been a great city to us for a while, so I think it makes sense. Both bands have felt very welcome there. Which is great because while Omaha is a great city and a big enough city, Chicago has always been the Midwest metropolis. So, I love returning there.

Is that the same reason you picked it for your solo preview show?

You know a lot of those decisions tend to just be in some ways a coincidence, and in some ways they're not. I find myself in Chicago a lot. I mean, it's not that far from Omaha. I have family there.

You mentioned during the solo show that you had just gone to your sister's wedding right before the show.

Yeah, exactly, and I have cousins that live there, so I come there a lot. I love the city.

Check out Kasher's solo show at Schuba's in Chicago on November 20th and Cursive's New Year's Eve show at The Subterranean.
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