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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone was Owen Ashworth. Owen Ashworth is a large gentle man who, from behind beard and keyboards, creates quietly loud electronic music about the most intimate and vulnerable moments of human interaction.

From 1997-2011, Ashworth released numerous albums and EPs to a core of dedicated fans, under the name that was originally conceived as a self-effacing jab at his own depressive musical tendencies.

Now, he does much of the same under the name Advance Base.



Bandega Interview with Owen Ashworth of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (April 2007)

Owen Ashworth set down his keyboards for a moment and chatted with Bandega about Kraftwerk, Bruce Springsteen and crazy-ass Swedes.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Is your perspective on performing live different now?
A: I don't get as nervous as I used to. There was a directness to the early shows that I don't think is there anymore. There's more playfulness and experimentation in the shows these days. I'm willing to take more chances with the arrangements and try different sounds as I get bored with the old ones. I like the way songs can mutate over the course of a tour. I used to be terrified of mistakes, but now I think the mistakes can be the most interesting moments. They keep me on my toes.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: I played a weird show with The Dead Science in Gothenberg, Sweden last fall. The show was in an old theatre with a huge stage and creaky old red upholstered seats. I had some really intense conversations with some show-goers who were really insistent that it was absolutely imperative that I play really well and not disappoint them. It was scary. The audience reaction was so nuts that we were sort of afraid for our lives. Lots of screaming and wild dancing. There were three drunken teenagers in matching Casiotone shirts who kept jumping on stage and did really unnerving zombie dances all through the set. They wouldn't let us stop playing and it ended up being an embarrassingly long show. After they finally let us stop, some great guy in suspenders DJ'd really fantastic music and we danced all night with Swedes until we were sweaty and exhausted and then slept on the stage. The end.

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: Atlas Clothing in Seattle, WA is a highlight of the last tour, but I've only played there once. A venue never really feels like the same place twice in a row. It's always different people and different circumstances. That being said, pretty much every time I've played in San Francisco for the last few years has felt pretty special. I have lots of good friends there, and there's always something extra sweet about coming back to my home town.

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A:I saw Kraftwerk at the Warfield in San Francisco when I was 20 or so and it was kind of unbelievable. I was moved. I also saw Buckethead on Halloween maybe ten years ago and there was a very impressive dance sequence. Pure showmanship.

Q: What song have you most enjoyed covering live and why (and is there a particular story behind your excellent cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia")?
A: Caralee McElroy from Xiu Xiu and I were covering Prince's "When You Were Mine" for the East Coast dates we played together, and it was a lot of fun singing that song together, knowing that it was kind of a special circumstance. I always love singing "Graceland" by Paul Simon. I'm glad you liked "Streets of Philadelphia." My brother Gordon and I are collaborating on a 7" of Bruce Springsteen covers. They were a real pleasure to record, and I was especially happy with the arrangement of "Streets of Philadelphia." I've always loved that song. The Casiotone song "Cold Shoulder" is almost a direct rip-off of it. It has always felt like an obvious reference point, so it only seems right to honor the influence.

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