Tim Kasher was kind enough to talk with us briefly about the dichotomy of the new album, his ongoing screenwriting and if we would buy everyone a shot of Jameson this time around.
What made you decide to write an album about a fictional set up conjoined brothers?
It kind of evolved into that. I had loosely planned on writing about conflicting voices in one's heads, it spun out of control from there.
It’s the story of good v. evil from what I have read/heard. Is this something you see as a screenplay?
I had some daydreams of doing other things with this story, but set those ideas aside to ensure the story of the album was told completely. I didn't want it to be a companion piece to other proposed mediums, but rather a story in and of itself.
We had spoken before you had written a couple of more screenplays and were trying to film your first movie. Have you been able to do this?
I got tripped up a few times in the production aspect of film making, enough times to leave me exhausted. I still write plenty aside from songwriting, but continue to consider it a hobby.
How did writing the structures of these songs compare to your past albums? Was this a much different process from more of ‘personal’ albums?
It wasn't incredibly different, we approached the compiling of songs in the same fashion as we have in the past, the main difference was we sequenced the songs in their correct order before writing the lyrics or recording. This way I was able to write the story linearly from track one to the end of the album. It also gave us a lot more insight whilst recording, knowing in advance which songs went into which songs.
In the cd booklet there is narrative of the album with the twin brothers. Did you write this? And what made you decide to add it?
Ted suggested I write it out as a play - or, more technically, a 'libretto' - to help listeners follow the story we had created. Yes, I wrote it, essentially just a more stylized version of the outline I had written prior to writing the lyrics.
Are you going to be playing a full catalogue on this tour? Or playing this concept album for the most part to tell the entire story?
We have been playing the full catalogue. Or, mostly full, from Domestica on.
How do you feel about writing the solo album and then creating a Cursive LP? Was it a nice break? Is this something you will continue to do?
I will continue putting out albums in this fashion. Or, I hope to, anyway. Yes, it's great to get away from one set of ideas and tackle something a bit different.
The last time you were here touring behind your solo album, you bought everyone at the show a shot of Jameson. Any chance this will happen this time around? Was that a normal thing for you?
Only done it a rare few times when I'm in a rare mood!
You have always said Pittsburgh is a great town. What has been your favorite place when visiting?
I find Pittsburgh to be a gorgeous city, underrated. I have had some friends report great things about living there. I was so proud when I heard the latest Batman film was shooting there! That DID happen, correct? As for favorite places, I am fairly traditional about loving New York City. Also appreciate the out of the way locales - went all the way to Helsinki, Finland last year. That was a unique experience.
Yes, part of the new Batman was filmed here. The show is at Mr Smalls with doors at 7p and show at 8p. Tickets are $16 and can be found here. Cymbals Eat Guitar will be opening. We have an interview with them as well so check back soon.