JUSTIN PETER KINKEL-SCHUSTER * SPENCER THOMAS
Age restrictions: No Minors.
Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205.
Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
What does a songwriter who has mined darkness do when he finds a measure of contentment?
This was the challenge that faced Fayetteville, AR songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster when writing his new album ‘Take Heart, Take Care.’ A songwriter who had success with Water Liars and Marie/Lepanto (his collaboration with Will Johnson of Centro-Matic) and has earned acclaim from NPR, Billboard, NY Times, and Paste Magazine now took time to reassess his writing process. Kinkel-Schuster, who everyone calls Pete, says, “I had, more than anything else, good things to say, and ironically I was unsure of how to say them. I’d spent so long yawping at perceived darkness both real and imagined, internal and external, that I was in a sense starting from scratch, learning to express something good in a way that didn’t feel cheap or silly or disingenuous to me.”
Jackson native Spencer Thomas, singer and drummer for local band Young Valley, says that his upcoming solo record, “Hangin’ Tough,” is built around the theme of perseverance in the face of issues such as depression and troubled relationships. “Hangin’ Tough” is both the name of the album and one of the songs, and Thomas says that for him, the theme of perseverance began with the effort of “saving up sock drawer money” to pay to record the album in the first place.
2500 West 7th St.
Little Rock, AR 72205