Tim Kasher’s musical ventures can get pretty depressing at times. With lyrics about heartbreak and dying, the mood is often rather heavy, but last night when he took the stage at the Knitting Factory, the room was anything but sad.
Kasher came out a little after 10:30 p.m., apologizing for his lateness by explaining that he was hanging out by himself, joking that he’s had all day and “pretty much my entire life” to be ready, and still came on stage late. He opened the set with a new song slated to appear on his soon-to-be-recorded album, followed by “The Jessica” from Bigamy. As the night progressed, Kasher played a handful of songs both new and old with funny stories and jokes in between. After a heartfelt rendition of some Good Life songs, including “Some Bullshit Escape,” he was joined by opener Nate Kinsella to “play some real rock and roll music.” Though, for a moment Kinsella was nowhere to be found.
“I wonder if there’s a Nate Kinsella around,” Kasher said to the eager crowd. “I actually don’t know if he’s around.” Upon his appearance, the two soon launched into The Game Of Monogamy’s “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here,” filled with many interruptions. Kasher would stop and say hilarious things, including, “No, really, keep it up!” to a burly sounding man attempting to fill in on female backing vocals from the crowd. It seemed as though with every note Kasher had another thing to say, and nobody seemed to mind one bit.
He eventually got back on track midway through the song but not before telling the crowd that he was confident in his next lyric: “When the orderlies steal our wedding rings/Do they even care what stories our bands of gold can tell?” He finished the song with only one more interruption, asking the crowd members if they were laughing because he talks too much. He was met with an eruption of giggles, which caused him to laugh and yell, “Fuck all of you,” before ending “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here” for good.
The set continued with a few more new songs, some solo album favorites like “Cold Love” and “Bad, Bad Dreams,” and a nice selection of Cursive tracks. Fanboys all around the room went wild for the Cursive classic “Sierra,” though Kasher wasn’t too keen on his rendition. “I apologize,” he said. “That was bad.”
The night came to a close with a warming performance of “No Harmony,” with Kasher’s vocals echoing through a mostly silent room. His voice was on point, making the song twice as chilling as usual. Instead of playing an encore after, he calmly climbed off the stage to talk to the crowd, greeting fans like old friends and laughing with whoever wanted to say hello.