Make Believe

by Make Believe

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Tim Kinsella and Sam Zurick became friends at age fourteen when
Sam asked Tim to steal his mom's car so the two could go to
Missouri to look for a missing girl Sam had fallen in love with from
a milk carton. Tim said yes. Two years later, Tim refused to get in
the car Sam had stolen from a Grateful Dead show, which as it
turns out belonged to Owsley Stanley -- the original purveyor of
LSD to the hippies in Haight-Ashbury and creator of the Dead's
"Wall of Sound." Friendship's a fickle thing and bands formed in
friendship can be even more volatile, especially when some of
those friends have been making music together for over a decade.
With their first musical project CAP’N JAZZ they became pioneers
and protagonists of the sound that was called emo back then. Until
today CAP’N JAZZ are considered one of the most remarkable and
influential bands of that era.
The various other bands and projects Kinsella and Zurick played in
since then had a much less straight approach mostly. Equally great
and unique, bands like JOAN OF ARC were less loud, impetuous
and spontaneous. Except for one: In 2004 Kinsella and Zurick
released the first EP with their new band MAKE BELIEVE. Here it
was again – youthful energy that reminds of spring, of first and last
kisses. Exactly what made CAP’N JAZZ stand out. Tim Kinsella
screamed again and the music was as raw as it was back in the
1990ies. Yet everything was different. With Tim’s cousin Nate
Kinsella on keyboard and drums and Bobby Burg on bass MAKE
BELIEVE featured two new steady members and as much as the
bands early efforts reminded of CAP’N JAZZ the band felt too fresh
and real to be considered just as a retro thing.
Since then MAKE BELIEVE have grown, the enthusiasm of the
beginning is naturally gone. Improved and complex, almost
mathematic songwriting is their trademark nowadays and defines
their style. Nevertheless their first songs are still as beautiful as
they were in 2004. So far the first EP was only available on CD,
apart from a limited to 250 vinyl edition released by Robert Lowe
(90 Day Men) that was sold out right after its release and probably
never made it to Europe. The two german labels Coraille and
Expect Candy are now offering another chance for the vinyl lovers
out there to get this first MAKE BELIEVE EP on vinyl. Yet again, it’s
a limited edition. 500 copies were made.


released October 10, 2008



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