Author: David Yockel Jr
Tim Kasher has been an innovative force in indie rock since the mid-90's through his work with bands Cursive and The Good Life. Last winter he released his first solo album, "The Game of Monogamy," and on Monday, August 22, he will bring this new material to Rochester for a show at the Bug Jar. I recently had the chance to catch up with him while he was tripping over corn stalks in his backyard in Omaha. An edited transcription of the discussion follows.David Yockel: The tour starts in Chicago on August 18. What are you doing now? Is there some kind of pre-tour protocol?Tim Kasher: I have actually been doing a Cursive record this summer. I have been trying to cram most of it in before the solo tour starts. We started recording a few weeks ago here in Omaha, but we brought in [record producer] Matt Bayles from Seattle.Is the writing process done?Most of it. I actually have to finish some of the lyrics on this upcoming tour.What was the general concept going into the recording of "The Game of Monogamy"? Did you feel any pressure do adhere to the Cursive model or The Good Life model?I didn't feel any pressure to sound similar. I think a better way to answer that is that I didn't feel any pressure to make it sound different,either -- I didn't go under my own name to carve some new path. I just see this as continuing in the same direction; a natural progression.The new album sounds special and new. It really fits together perfectly.Yeah. There is a bunch of stuff that didn't make it onto the album. I think there is something to say about editing. I believe it is really important.Do other artistic media impact your song writing? Photography? Literature?I am actually pretty careful about what I am reading when I am writing a given record. Depending on what the content is, I don't want it to be misinformed.What kind of musichave you been listening to lately?Well, just today I've been having a good time looking at old records. I've been listening to a lot of Urge Overkill lately. I haven't listened to them in ages. And there is a band called Hospital Ships that I wanted to take out on this tour initially.I saw Cursive at the Bug Jar a couple of years ago.How does it compare to the rest of the venues on this tour?They are all about the same. I really like the Bug Jar. I have been playing there since as far back as 1997. If I was in Rochester, I would be psyched to have the Bug Jar.What's the set-up going to be like? Horns? Band? Just you and a guitar?It's a band. During the tour last fall I tried to stay more true to the album. I brought a cello player and a violin. But this time around we wanted to go with a more straightforward rock-and-roll setup. Bass, guitar, drums, a trumpet player. We want it to be an upbeat show. We are bringing a rock band out to open up for us, Aficionado. I think it should be a good time.Tim Kasher performs Monday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $12-$14, 18+.