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Thursday, February 14, 2008

All Hail The Kinsella Brothers

There's no doubt in my mind that in 30 years the Kinsella duo will still have some street-cred. Each of the brothers has taken part in an array of musical groups throughout their careers and have produced some of the most memorable and underrated music of the 90's and 00's. Tim and Mike Kinsella began their careers at home in Illinois in the 90's with the start of Cap'n Jazz, a short-lived and relatively unknown project that basically developed the musical style of the mid-west emo craze of the 90's. Cap'n Jazz broke up in 1995 after their only release was basically ignored due to poor distribution from their label.

After the break up of Cap'n Jazz, the brothers went on to form American Football, an extremely influential and praised mid-west emo/ indie band. This time, Mike decided to take over on vocals, instead of his brother who had been the lead vocalist in their earlier project, Cap'n Jazz. American Football had a two releases, an EP and a self-titled release which is much more popular today than it was when it was released back in 1999. American Football broke up in early 2000 for reasons similar to Cap'n Jazz's break up.

Though both Cap'n Jazz and American Football's releases were barely blips on the radar in their infancy, they're worshiped by music fans today. However, the Kinsella brothers didn't give up after the failure of their first two projects. Today, Tim is the central member of the eccentric and highly experimental Joan of Arc. Mike has been working on his solo project, Owen for the past few years and has released some of the best acoustic records of this decade.

Mike Kinsella performing The Sad Waltzes of Pietro Crespi from his latest album, At Home With Owen.

Joan of Arc performing Eventually All At Once

Finally, here's a link to a live set of American Football. Thanks to TJ at Static And Sirens for the link.

Fireside Bowl, Chicago, 1999