CURSIVE AND GOOD LIFE GUITARIST
Tim Kasher had plenty of indie street cred already,
but now the guy is fully independent with the
release of his first solo record, The Game of
Monogamy [Saddle Creek]. Although always
eclectic, Kasher is even eclectic-er on Monogamy,
pairing his guitar and voice with strings, woodwinds,
and brass instruments. —Matt Blackett
What can you do on a solo record that you can’t
do on a Cursive record?
Mostly there’s a freedom of songwriting.
In Cursive, we try to stay as “genreless” as
possible, but at the end of the day we still
recognize certain parameters involved and
it’s a more specific, stylistic approach to
songwriting. Under my own name, I feel
comfortable writing absolutely anything:
Cursive material, Good Life material, or
whatever else may come up.
Do you have a favorite guitar tone on this record?
I do—the electric guitar on “Cold Love”
was an experiment that worked out fairly
well. It was the first time I attempted to use
the “Nuke” function on the Empirical Labs
Distressor. I turned up my Princeton Reverb
pretty loud, then nuked it, so to speak. It
came out fairly crunchy.
Were the guitar and vocal on “Strays” tracked
at the same time or separately?
Those were tracked separately. I really
love how that guitar sounds. Brett [Allen,
engineer] recorded that, and I recall how
pleased we both were with the results. The
mic was really hot, I know that much.
The Game of Monogamy
What’s it like to be the only guy in history to
play a Gibson Corvus?
Correction: Me and the guy in the Buckaroo
Banzai movie! Unfortunately, I smashed
that thing in Dallas a few
years back. It had it coming.
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