Tim Kasher performing in the crowd with Cursive at the Concert for Equality
August 19, 1974 |
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Genres||Indie rock, emo, post-hardcore, alternative rock, folk rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, accordion, guitar, organ, keyboard, vuvuzela, bass|
|Associated acts||Cursive, The Good Life, Slowdown Virginia, Commander Venus|
|Gibson Corvus II, Gibson Les Paul|
Tim Kasher (born August 19, 1974) is a musician from Omaha, Nebraska, and is the frontman of indie rock groups Cursive and The Good Life, both of which are on the Omaha based record label Saddle Creek Records. Prior to those bands, Kasher was in a band called Slowdown Virginia. He also made a brief appearance with the Omaha band Commander Venus and The March Hares.
Kasher has a very close relationship with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. They grew up in Nebraska together, went to the same Catholic high school, Creighton Prep. In the Bright Eyes song "Nothing Gets Crossed Out," Oberst sings, "Tim, I've heard your album and it's better than good," referring to the album Black Out by Kasher's band, The Good Life, released in 2002 on Saddle Creek Records. Furthermore, Oberst later sang backup on the song "Staying Alive," from Cursive's 2003 effort The Ugly Organ.
Kasher temporarily disbanded Cursive after the departure of guitarist Steve Pedersen (who left to pursue a law degree at Duke University and now leads the Saddle Creek band Criteria). Kasher married and moved to Portland, Oregon. According to interviews, Kasher went through a bitter divorce in 2000, which led to the regrouping of Cursive, as well as providing the inspiration for The Good Life album Black Out and Cursive's Domestica.
The Good Life was originally planned to be a solo project. Kasher wanted to experiment with different types of lyrics and melodies. He released Novena on a Nocturn on Better Looking Records. He then recruited Ryan Fox, Roger Lewis and Stefanie Drootin into the band and released Black Out, Lovers Need Lawyers EP and Album of the Year.
In 2002, Kasher suffered a collapsed lung and was forced to cancel all US tour dates at the time. Because he lacked health insurance, Saddle Creek asked fans for donations to help pay for the cost of the operation. After healing, recording on The Ugly Organ began.
The Good Life's fourth full-length album, Help Wanted Nights, was an album which Kasher wrote as a soundtrack for a screenplay which he started writing in 2006 and has since finished. Help Wanted Nights was released on September 11, 2007.
In 2007, Kasher moved from Omaha to Los Angeles, California. While also working on new music with both Cursive and The Good Life, Kasher has recently taken up writing screenplays. In the fall of 2009, Kasher relocated to Montana to focus more explicitly on his writing.
During his years with Slowdown Virginia and early years with Cursive, Kasher played a silver Gibson Corvus II guitar. Once this guitar fell into disrepair he played a Gibson Les Paul, he has also used a Gibson RD in the past, but has recently been using a Gibson Melody Maker.
The follow-up to his first solo album, Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions, was released on August 16, 2011 on Saddle Creek Records. It includes songs he wrote while touring for The Game of Monogamy. The album is only available at tour venues and online through the Saddle Creek Records webstore.
Album appearances 
With Cursive 
- Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes (1997, Crank! Records)
- The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song (1998, Saddle Creek)
- Domestica (2000, Saddle Creek)
- Burst and Bloom (2001, Saddle Creek)
- 8 Teeth to Eat You (2002, Better Looking Records)
- The Ugly Organ (2003, Saddle Creek)
- Happy Hollow (2006, Saddle Creek)
- Mama, I'm Swollen (2009, Saddle Creek)
- I Am Gemini (2012, Saddle Creek)
With The Good Life 
- Novena on a Nocturn (2000, Better Looking Records)
- Black Out (2002, Saddle Creek Records)
- Album of the Year (2004, Saddle Creek Records)
- Help Wanted Nights (2007, Saddle Creek Records)
As Tim Kasher 
- The Game of Monogamy (2010, Saddle Creek)
- Bigamy: More Songs From the Monogamy Sessions (2011, Saddle Creek)
- Commander Venus - Do You Feel at Home? (1995, Saddle Creek)
- Commander Venus - The Uneventful Vacation (1997, Thick Records)
- Bright Eyes - Every Day and Every Night (1999, Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors (2000, Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002, Saddle Creek)
- Bright Eyes - Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998-2005) (2006, Saddle Creek)
- Head of Femur - Ringodom or Proctor (2003, Greyday Productions)
- Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things (2003, Saddle Creek Records)
- Planes Mistaken for Stars - Up in Them Guts (2004, No Idea Records)
- Son, Ambulance - Key (2004, Saddle Creek)
- Statistics - Leave Your Name (2004, Jade Tree Records)
- An Iris Pattern -Sod is Gold (2006)
- McCarthy Trenching - McCarthy Trenching (2006, Team Love Records)
- Thursday - Kill the House Lights (2007, Victory Records)
- Ambrose, Anthony. "inTuneMusic Online: Minus the Bear / Tim Kasher / Twin Tigers @ NYC 12/4/2010". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- Review of The Game of Monogamy
- Cursive official website
- Article with Tim Kasher from 2000 on Welcome to Flavor Country blog
- Cursive on MySpace.com
- The Good Life on MySpace.com
- Saddle Creek Records
- Interview by The Land Salmon Sept. 2007
- Tim Kasher interview on Robot40.com
- Review of The Game of Monogamy
- Tim Kasher performs and is interviewed on Radio Happy Hour