Five Questions with…Taylor Kirk

October 7th, 2009

Taylor Kirk

Taylor Kirk is a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, and his blues-folk band, Timber Timbre, sounds dark and ragged. He put out Timber Timbre’s first two albums on his own, and the third one, Timber Timbre—released in January by the indie record label Out of This Spark—has earned him much acclaim. In advance of Timber Timbre’s first ever show in NYC, at Mercury Lounge on Saturday, Kirk checked in with The House List to answer five questions.

Which band have you seen play live the most often (excluding bands you’ve toured with)?
I think it must be the Sadies, from Toronto. Although it’s been a long time since I saw them last, but for a few years I would see them every time I had a chance. They’re the only band I ever danced to.

Do you have any crutches when writing a song—are there certain words or styles you feel you lean on too much?
I think I rely too heavily on minor chords in my songwriting. Especially E minor.

What’s your favorite place in New York City to hang out? And do you ever feel like you could live here?
I don’t know the city well enough. I’ve only visited a few times. I don’t think I have the energy required to live in NYC—I couldn’t take the pace. But I like visiting.

Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?
I don’t think that songwriting needs to be so literal or earnest in order to be honest and or successful.

Your after-party is at Hi-Fi, the Avenue A bar known for its endless jukebox, and The House List gives you a buck. Which three songs are you playing?
“Real Talk” by R. Kelly, “I Put a Spell on You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. —R. Zizmor