Interview with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Before seeing the band perform for the last time ever at Sneaky Pete’s last week, I had the chance to sit down for a chat with Owen Ashworth from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.  This is his last tour as Casiotone, but this is not for the purposes of retiring from music, more so that he can put to bed a project which has dominated the last thirteen years of his life and start work on new projects with relative freedom.

It was interesting listening to him talk about it, because for all he repeated the reasons he’s given about not being the same person anymore, and it feeling a little false to sing songs in his thirties which were written when he was in his twenties and in a completely different place emotionally, it seemed that the actual constrictions and demands generated by the success of the band played an equally important role in his deciding it was time to move on to new projects.

Have a watch of the video above for edited highlights from the interview, and below we have a couple of live videos from the performance.  I’d forgotten, I have to confess, just how much I love the Casiotone material, until I heard about this tour and went back to listen to it all over again.  It really is incredibly intimate and organic for music made entirely on machines, and I ended up buying three of his records on 12″ before end of the show.  When the live element is being retired, all we’ll be left with will be the artifacts.

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