Make Believe (band)

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Make Believe
Make Believe.jpg
Make Believe live in 2006
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
Genresmath rock, indie rock
Years active2003-2008
LabelsFlameshovel Records
Associated actsJoan of Arc
The Promise Ring
Cap'n Jazz
MembersTim Kinsella
Sam Zurick
Bobby Burg
Nate Kinsella

Make Believe was an indie rock band, initially formed as a touring version of Joan of Arc. The band was initially composed of eccentric voiced singer Tim Kinsella,[1] guitarist Sam Zurick, bassist Bobby Burg, and drummer/keyboardist Nate Kinsella. After 3 months of touring as Joan Of Arc the quartet returned home and decided to begin writing new songs with a more aggressive approach.[2] Following a self-titled 5 track EP, their first full-length Shock of Being was released on October 4, 2005, followed by Of Course in 2006.

On June 20, 2007, Tim Kinsella announced on the Joan of Arc website that he was no longer a member of Make Believe. He attributed his departure to feeling a lessening connection to the "rock band lifestyle", and to a desire to spend more time with his wife.[3] The same announcement stated that Kinsella had "a pile of new songs to pull from for a new Joan of Arc record." The entry implied that the band would continue without Kinsella, but Kinsella returned to the band at the outset of their spring 2008 tour.[4] The band then disbanded the same year.



  • Shock of Being CD/LP (released on Flameshovel Records)
  • Of Course CD/LP (released on Flameshovel Records)
  • Going To The Bone Church CD/LP (released on Flameshovel Records)


  • The Association of Utopian Hologram Swallowers 2x7" (released on Polyvinyl Records)


  • Make Believe CD EP (released on Flameshovel Records)
  • The Pink 7" (released on Flameshovel Records)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-10-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Make Believe: Make Believe Album Review | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  3. ^ "Tim Kinsella". Talkhouse. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  4. ^ "Flameshovel Records". Retrieved 2018-06-03.