Tim Kasher | Living The Good Life

prof_goodlife_sm.jpgTim Kasher, frontman of The Good Life and Cursive, broadens his horizons with a move to L.A., a screenplay, and a new album and tour with The Good Life.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Kasher, dynamic frontman of the prevalent indie-rock outfit Cursive, obviously needs a little something on the side. Like a split personality rock star, Kasher moves seamlessly between the hard rocking, oft politically inclined sound of Cursive and the honest, folkier group, The Good Life.

Shortly after starting an extensive tour with The Good Life last month, Kasher took some time to give me some insight into the inner workings of an indie-rocker in the Omaha/Saddle Creek records scene, his recent move to L.A., and the story behind The Good Life’s new album, Help Wanted Nights.

Apparently Kasher is simply a musical powerhouse. While most Good Life lyrics are deeply personal, the last Cursive seemed to have a broader, more political focus. Any thematic focus change as such between his projects is a product of his inclinations at the time of writing. “Hopefully, I would like to keep putting different records out whenever and however possible,” he stated point-blank. “The main dynamic shift has been age, along with some equation of amount of records I’ve already released, amounting to more personal pressure to put something new out.

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“I write one album at a time,” he explained, rather than writing songs for the specific band, he just focuses his energy toward whichever project he is advancing at the moment, which keeps a degree of stylistic variety in his work.

Kasher insists the two bands are “pretty much identical” to work with, although The Good Life was originally conceived as a solo project. For The Good Life, he had to take a lot of financial risks. “[I] spent a lot of my own money, taking cards out and stuff, and was also concerned people’s reactions,” he explains. While Cursive may his widespread sensation, but The Good Life is where Kasher’s personal investment lies.

Help Wanted Nights was conceived as a soundtrack to a screenplay Kasher has written, which brought him out to L.A. last year. As a Midwestern boy out in California, Kasher insists, “It’s been a nice experience thus far,” finding “a bit of solitude, which may sound surprising moving to the ‘big city.’”

Of course, Kasher has missed his longtime home. “The Omaha scene is really nice,” he asserted, emphasizing the good feelings between the Saddle Creek bands (think Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, and Two Gallants) although they’ve grown apart with their success and frequent tours.

While rumors have circulated about a Tim Kasher/Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes collaboration, Kasher vehemently denies them. “I would like to collaborate on having dinner and a drink with him,” he asserts.

So is a Tim Kasher movie in the works?

He provided us with little synopsis of what we might see:

“A young man’s car breaks down in a small dusty town in Southern California. After he drops his car off at the local auto shop he finds himself in the Sundowner bar, outside of which a sign reads Help Wanted Nights. Inside the bar, Cal orders a drink and strikes up a conversation with Berty, an attractive, older woman who has tended bar too long in the same town. Berty is instantly intrigued by Cal, and the two strike up a flirty friendship. Soon, though, we encounter Cliff; her rougher,older boyfriend who seems to be hiding something, something which Berty suspects has more than a little to do with the young, sparsely dressed patron Keely Amiee. Berty eventually offers Cal the night bartender job, and, despite his own intentions, he stirs up the buried passions and truths of the Sundowner's characters, all the while revealing little about himself. With Cal and Berty's burgeoning relationship stifled by Cliff's constant presence, Cal retaliates by misleading Keely into bed, an act which propels Berty to finally address her desires for Cal. Once Berty and Cal consummate their feelings, she is left with a crucial choice; leave town with Cal, or stay at the Sundowner forever. But just as Cal is ready to move on, his mysterious past comes calling, and the film descends into its surprising, final act.”

If we do end up seeing Kasher’s project in the theaters, we can only hope it will have some of the powerful feeling and sardonic wit that characterize his performance in both Cursive and The Good Life. | Leah Martin

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