I was reading an interview from a few months after the release of He Poos Clouds and saw this re: a couple of Owen's side projects:
Q: What’s the status of King Tut and Tenderizer? A: Tenderizer is just waiting to happen. The songs are ready. I had to cut off my nails because I wasn’t playing guitar so much. It’s been put on hold, because frankly, the music is kinda crappy. It will be a fun record to make eventually, but at this point I’d rather schedule a week of relaxation than spend time making a Tenderizer record. It might be interesting to have these songs written but record them 20 years from now.
Not holding my breath since we've still got 7 years to go! I don't really know about any of Owen's side projects except Les Mouches, though. Does anyone have a favorite?
Post by Owen from Final Fantasy on Sept 8, 2019 16:14:20 GMT -5
I had a handful of songs that were kind of too bucolic for Les Mouches and I toyed with the idea of recording them as a separate project. I still know all of them, can play them all from memory. At the time that I wrote them-- 2004-2005-- I was still refining my lyrical voice, which I think became fully-formed around "Spectrum". The Tenderizer songs were fine, but decidedly unspecial-- kind of slightly ironic takes on traditional folk sentiments that ultimately I found more simpering and annoying than beautiful/useful. I will not ever record them.
Around the time of the recording of Young Canadian Mothers, Leon and I recorded "The Sea" in the style that we thought would be appropriate to the Tenderizer songs, which is why it is titled "The Sea (Tenderizer)". But I never felt compelled enough by the other songs to actually follow up on recording them.
Funnily enough, I liked the name "Tenderizer" as a band name enough that I played a couple of shows when I was farting around with synthesizers, ~2008-2009, with Leon playing drums. I played two shows like this-- one at Sneaky Dee's, one at The Boat. Neither show was nearly as compelling as a typical OP/FF show, so I kind of stopped wasting my time on it.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine, Matt Otto (ex-Majical Cloudz) asked for a band name for his project with his then-girlfriend. I told him he could use Tenderizer as his band name, as I was fond of the name, and hoped that an active project might sometime make use of it. They only played one or two shows before that project also retired.