Mike Kinsella is Owen
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MIKE: I wish I could afford to take a "band" on the road with me. That would be ideal though--writing the songs myself and then making enough money to pay a band (i.e. group of friends) to go on tour with me.
TWEED: Are you looking to go back to recording any time soon? If so, are you working on some new songs you're excited about? How often do songs come about that you earmark for Owen?
MIKE: I've got a million parts I'm sitting on but, like I said, I don't know if they'll turn into "songs" or not until I try recording them and putting more to them.
TWEED: How has the relationship with Polyvinyl Records been? What brought you there to begin with?
MIKE: Polyvinyl is great. I knew Matt and Darcy from way back in the day when they were pressing 500 copies of comps with local bands. They were at all the shows in Urbana, Illinois (where I went to school) and so was I--so when American Football started playing together, they offered to put the songs out. And it's really been that laid back since. They tried to get me to sign a contract once but I just pretended I never got that email. Haha.
TWEED: Tell us how the touring has been. Any places you really like going especially?
MIKE: This last tour I did was great. I played with a few other pretty popular bands (mewithoutYou, The Snake The Cross The Crown, Despistado) and all around great guys, so the shows were crowded and fun. It's generally not all that enjoyable for me to get up in front of people. Most nights, I'd rather be in the crowd drinking with a friend as opposed to on stage "performing". But when the crowd's into it and it sounds good and I play good, it's actually pretty satisfying. I'll be out with The Snake and Decibully this April.
TWEED: Who are some of your songwriting influences? Are you more interested in ignoring them in the effort of treading entirely new water?
MIKE: I can definitely pick out the different influences in my music. So much so that I can go through a song and pick out the Red House Painters riff with the Dinosaur Jr. solo followed by the Oasis tambourine and bass line, which leads into the direct Morrissey quote. I don't really worry too much about trying to incorporate different things or not trying to incorporate different things. It's like, you know how, if you go out with your friend, and you both meet some girl and then she walks away and your friend's like "man, she was so cool!" and you were just thinking that she was totally lame? That's how I think people hear music. People focus on different elements of music so what I think sounds exactly like My Bloody Valentine someone else thinks sounds like Codeine.
TWEED: Finally, what do you want Tweed readers to know about Owen, and more specifically, Mike Kinsella? What are the goals for the project going forward?
My long-term goal is to write an entire record I like.
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William T Wallace contributed to this interview. Photographs by Chris Strong.
Friday, 04 February 2005
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