It’s the late 1980s and early ?°»90s, and a group of high schoolers are crafting a style of post-punk that has little to do with anything else going on at the time. In hindsight, they’re looked at as proto-emo and post-hardcore visionaries, but back when Cap’n Jazz was playing to sparsely packed clubs in the region, the scene wasn’t nearly as welcoming.
In the post-Cap’n Jazz era, brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella have done anything but conform. Between the two of them, they’ve been in revered (and sometimes loathed) bands including Joan of Arc, American Football, Sky Corvair, Owls, Owen, Friend/Enemy, and Make Believe.
When the brothers write together, their sound doesn’t quite blur the line between melodicism and noise, instead, it collides the two together. And rather than being some calculated maneuver, it’s an art cultivated at the visceral level, playing out as a balance between the two. Where Mike provides a sense of rhythm and prettiness, Tim takes down the veil of how instruments and songs “should sound,” and revisions their roles entirely. And if you think it’s nothing but chaos, then you’ve entirely missed the point.
The Kinsella brothers join Chicago Public Radio’s Joe DeCeault for this month’s documentation of the local scene: chicagocore. Listen in for an in-depth look at these incredibly prolific and often misunderstood artists.