[Aysegul Dogan/Baris Yarsel]That voice of yours had been resembled to Johny Cash’s, Nick Cave’s, Micheal Gira’s and Mark Lanegan’s. Clear but dark, takes the listener’s full attention. You studied classical music and your albums’ genres vary from country to psychedelic (not being specific). We would like to know the way you embrace music.
[Tim Larson] I will listen to anything once, and I usually gravitate towards darker music for sure, but it’s not the only quality I listen for. It’s usually the lyrics that grab me first or the melodies in the particular music. If what I’m listening to can make me think about myself and how I relate to it, I’ll usually give it repeated listens. I also like to listen for bizarre sounds, or unique chord progressions.
Vargar is not a happy album, which has dark tales (as if a wise guy from the family is whispering them at night, telling that “the end is near”) about the end(s). Do you have some specific interest in any prose or poem?
I’m not really into prose or poetry as I used to be. All the lyrical inspiration comes from my life. I tend to write lyrics about what I’m thinking about a certain person, or a subject and try to make it universal. Sometimes it’s very specific, like the song “I Follow Death”. It’s about a reporter named Peter Nickeas who covers the overnight shift for The Chicago Tribune. That being said, I do keep a copy of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet and Jens Peter Jacobsen’s Niels Lyhne with me most of the time.
We have heard that you played solo some while ago with Mark Eitzel. One of the great guys, eh? How was that night and how did you feel?
Mark Eitzel is one of my favorite singers and songwriters and I was very glad to have the chance to open the show for him. It was a great night. He was performing just himself and a piano. It was a very intimate and personal performance. I just hope I was entertaining, ha ha ha.
Which musicians do you listen? Any recent album you have been playing on and on?
This list could change daily, as I listen to a lot of music. I really like old Blues and Country : John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Sr., Sammi Smith.
For Classical Music, I like: Beethoven, Debussy, Mahler and Shostakovich. I also listen to a lot of Goth and Death Rock from the ’80’s and 90’s