Biography

"Driven by inspirations such as Prince, Laurie Anderson, Gilberto Gil and Todd Rundgren -- among many, many others [even some current musicians! -ed.] -- Spencer Owen (b. Los Angeles/1984, r. Oakland) interprets his interests and influences with careful, passionate abandon. Unafraid of eclecticism both sonic and stylistic (not to mention his own voice), he supplements his particular approach to melody and arrangement with restless aesthetic creativity in action.

Spencer Owen Timeshare is the current manner by which Owen's songs are being presented to the world. Since before the new millennium began, Owen has been writing and arranging songs by himself, experimenting collaboratively, and recording material in various, increasingly high-fidelity circumstances. Owen's songs are, as a body, an attempt to meld tuneful headiness with stately, minimal fervor and soulful, falsetto-dappled hubris. Previously, he would play all of the basic rock instruments on his albums, but not as well as the members of his band play theirs respectively. For this reason, Spencer Owen Timeshare is recording their debut album in 2017, to feature the as-yet-ultimate renditions of some of the finest selections from his songbook.

Over the years, he and/or Timeshare have shared stages with the aforementioned Ariel Pink, Wooden Wand, Raven Fenbahn, Josephine Foster, Whysp, SAFE, Ava Mendoza, Dominique Leone, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Emma Ruth Rundle (the Nocturnes; the Headless Prince of Zolpidem), Foxtails Brigade, Bells Atlas, Once & Future Band, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Denny Denny Breakfast, Jackie-O Motherfucker, and, needless to say, more. His live shows are not, in any respect, to be missed.

Owen's music has also made its way into a number of video and film projects over the years, much of it specifically composed and scored for those projects. Notably, he has co-scored and provided several original songs for the comedy-horror feature film Dude Bro Party Massacre III, produced by 5-Second Films, starring his brother Alec Owen, and featuring cameos from Patton Oswalt and Andrew W.K. (among others)."

The original and current members of Spencer Owen Timeshare are:

  • Richard Caceres: keyboard, backing vocals
  • Ryan Fitzgerald: guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Genco: drums
  • Eugene Marder: bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Spencer Owen: lead vocals, 2nd keyboard, percussion
  • Joel Reber: saxophone, percussion
Spencer Owen Timeshare at the Cafe du Nord on 3/30/13. Photo by Nikki Collister.

Spencer Owen Timeshare at the Cafe du Nord on 3/30/13. Photo by Nikki Collister.