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Jason Quever of Papercuts

What You Want

Papercuts frontman Jason Quever spent his formative years in San Jose before settling in SF 10 years ago and launching his music career. The band released You Can Have What You Want, its dreamy organ-induced third LP, earlier this year and will perform at The Independent on June 25th. Quever, who once claimed skateboarding saved his life, spoke with SF Station about his new album and future projects.

SF Station (SFS): Did skateboarding really save your life in junior high?

Jason Quever (JQ): Everyone was sort of rich and arrogant in the Silicon Valley and skaters were sort of a group of people who werenít sporty kids or future businessmen. It was a lifesaver to find people who were completely different from the other people who, for whatever reason, I couldnít get along with. It was something positive to do. Most of the cliques in school were very aggressive. Skaters were a very open group of people and it wasnít all about being masculine.

SFS: What led you to San Francisco?

JQ: I donít know. My stepbrother was here, but I wasnít really planning on staying forever. Once I was here, I realized it was the best place, but I donít think I was aware of that at the time.

It seemed like a good middle ground. Itís a big city, but itís not like New York or wildly intimidating to try to live here. There is a lot going on and the music was really good here.

SFS: What are some of the venues here that helped you get started?

JQ: Hemlock and Cafť du Nord have always been really cool. Itís not hard to get shows there, especially Hemlock because it is so small. Hemlock is one of the first places where bands will play when they get started, and the booker Tony is really cool. Iíll always have a fondness for that place because of that.

SFS: What were you aiming for when you started working on You Can Have What You Want?

JQ: I wanted to make it as unique as possible so it would standout. I wanted the instruments to blend together to create a picture, more than just hearing guitar and drums separately. I wanted it to be atmospheric.

SFS: Are you happy with it?

JQ: I guess so. I havenít listened to it a lot. Iím really happy about it, but now Iím excited to do something different that is less washed out.

SFS: How will you next project sound?

JQ: Iím just writing right now, so itís hard to say. The last album was pretty reverb heavy and there are not too many things that jump out or sound aggressive, so I like the idea of making a record that is a little less droney and a little more rhythmic.

SFS: One of the few high-profile reviews of the album brought up a similar point. Do you read reviews of your music?

JQ: Generally, I donít. Sometimes I stumble onto them or someone will send one. I try not to, but itís kind of unavoidable.

SFS: Do you do a lot of writing, or does it take awhile for you to create new songs?

JQ: Itís kind of unpredictable. I usually try to work on music everyday so something will stick.

SFS: Is there a time or a place that is more conducive for you to write music?

JQ: For me, itís just being home and having a daily routine. Itís really hard when youíre on the road. Itís also just being inspired. You never know when itís going hit you.

Papercuts perform June 25th at The Independent. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm.