Christopher Owens was the most adored San Francisco garage rocker until he decided to quit Girls in July. Then Ty Segall became all the rage. Now Owens is going solo with a new album out January 15th titled Lysandre, so maybe we should make room in our hearts for two SF grunge stars.
Named after a girl Owens met while playing a festival in France in 2008, Lysandre is not just a love story. As Owen tells it,
“Lysandre could easily be mistaken as an album about a love affair and the girl I fell in love with. But it’s much more then that. While love inspired me to write “Lysandre’s Theme”—and the album closes with this encounter—it also tells a story: the story of a writer in a band who suddenly finds himself facing the reality of a first tour and everything that entailed; from writing alone at home, to suddenly being in a band preparing for their first out of town shows. It’s a personal account. My account. Not that of a band or what the world might have seen. This is some of what I was feeling. A little window into my soul.”
Stream two songs from Owens’ first solo LP “Lysandre’s Theme” and “Here We Go Below” below and check out The Fader for a full song by song description from Owens himself.