interview: Mike Kinsella of Owen (Polyvinyl Records)
Owen is the solo project of Chicago’s Mike Kinsella. As a departure from over a decade of work playing in a variety of bands – Cap’n Jazz, American Football, Owls and Their / They’re / There to name a few – Owen became Kinsella’s way of finally exercising complete creative control over all aspects of a project, including songwriting, recording, and overall artistic direction.
Owen’s musical output as evolved from sparse acoustic offerings to lush, string-filled arrangements. Kinsella often exposes family relationships and personal experiences with lyrics that are at times clever, witty, raw, and biting.