Mike Kinsella is Owen
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MIKE: Yeah, I just bought a Digi001 with the recording budget so I could teach myself how to record and take my time doing it. I always hated having to rush things in a studio. Like I dropped my drumstick once while Cap'n Jazz was recording but we finished the song and were like "eh, doesn't sound that bad" and ended up using that take. Which is fine, and it didn't sound that bad, but every time I heard that song, that's all I'd think about and it put (still puts) a knot in my stomach--not that listening to Owen doesn't put a knot in my stomach...
TWEED: Tell us about your approach to lyric writing. No Good for No One seems to have a more "narrative" feel than the previous records. Are you ever writing with an objective, lyrically, or is it something that is spontaneous entirely? Is there ever a theme you attempt to weave through a record?
MIKE: I don't think I have a "theme" necessarily for an entire record but the songs are primarily written as they're recorded so if they're all recorded at about the same time, then the same themes are going to keep resurfacing. I was actually just complaining to my girlfriend about how all my songs are about girls, sleeping, or my teeth. I'm not sure why those three things keep coming up. I'm not a particularly ignorant guy and have a number of interests other than those three things--but you wouldn't know it from my lyrics.
TWEED: How about lyrics political? That seems to be a very polarizing artistic choice--to politicize or not to politicize. Where do you stand? Does it have a place, explicitly stated, in rock lyrics, or is it too didactic? Have you ever worked to achieving an expressly political idea, be that as a political issue or the "personal-as-political" aesthetic?
MIKE: You know, I've tried to put my political slant into some songs but it always seems so forced. Like I said, they all come out (for better or for worse) as love songs so it's hard to slip the word "impeach" into them. But I definitely wish I could. I'd sleep better at night thinking I made someone listening think critically about being misled into a war rather than some boy/girl that broke their heart in high school.
TWEED: To dig a little deeper--politically, what is your stance, interpretation, etc, on the homosexual culture in America? In other words--between gay marriage, the past election being something of a referendum on gay culture, the attempts to change the Constitution to ban gay marriage--how does that strike you? What was your ultimate response to Bush's clear agenda on modern homosexuality in America?
MIKE: I think it's pretty scary the way Bush and the Right feel it's their right/duty to impose their moral code upon everyone, not only in our country but around the world.
TWEED: In 2004, I see you allowed for some collaboration resulting in (ep). Why didn't you take the collaborators on the road? You also collaborated with your cousin Nate on I Do Perceive. Do you see that as the new direction of Owen--Mike Kinsella being the constant with new and ex
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