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Mike Kinsella
MikeKinsella.jpgKinsella in May 2007
Background information
Born(1977-03-04) March 4, 1977 (age 40)
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
  • Emo[1]
  • indie rock
  • punk rock[2]
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • bass guitar
  • drums
Years active1989–present
  • Polyvinyl
  • Jade Tree
  • Green Linnet
  • Perishable
  • Man With Gun
Associated acts
  • The One Up Downstairs
  • Owls
  • Joan of Arc
  • Owen
  • Cap'n Jazz
  • American Football
  • Their / They're / There

Mike Kinsella (born March 4, 1977) is an American musician involved in many Illinois-based bands, such as Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Joan of Arc, The One Up Downstairs, American Football, and Owen. He was first recognized in the music scene in Cap'n Jazz[3] formed by his brother Tim in 1989 while at the age of 12. In 2001 Kinsella began his current solo project, Owen, in which he performs vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, loops, etc.[4] Kinsella was also in a band, called The Shirts and Skins, with his wife. In 2013, Kinsella released two EPs with his latest project, Their / They're / There, featuring Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. and Matthew Frank of Loose Lips Sink Ships.[5]

To this day, Kinsella continues to play with Joan of Arc, as well as Owen. Many of Kinsella's albums including Owen and No Good for No One Now were recorded in his mother's home.[6] He is one of three musicians in his family, along with brother Tim Kinsella and cousin Nate Kinsella.


  1. ^ Libman, K.C. (December 10, 2013). "How Mike Kinsella's Work Defined (and Continues To Redefine) Emo". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ Gormely, Ian (May 6, 2014). "Tim & Mike Kinsella - You Can't Miss What You Forget". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Press". Jade Tree. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived February 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Polyvinyl Record Co. - Their/They're/There". Polyvinylrecords.com. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Polyvinyl Record Co. - Owen". Polyvinylrecords.com. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 

External links

  • Official Owen site
  • 2001 interview about Owen and Owls
  • Biography in a Joan of Arc fan site
  • Owen live on The Current
  • Owen's Myspace
  • The Shirts and Skins' Myspace

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