Owen Ashworth, the man behind music project Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, is a film-school dropout. But it's evident that Ashworth has held onto this passion, given his penchant for combining his musical creations with visually-stimulating animated features – all works that can be viewed on the band's Web site.
Formed by Ashworth in 1997 and changing with the tides ever since, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's music is electronically influenced, characterized by ultra-mellow beats, keyboards and complemented with Ashworth's ability to create soulfully-stirring lyrics.
"I mean, it sort of started as short stories," Ashworth said of his songwriting in an interview with Radio UTD. "That's interesting to me, making up an interesting good story, you know? I think that just came from being a fan of music and listening to like the Willie Nelson or Otis Redding records that my parents would play as a kid and listening to these songs and never occurring to me that they would be necessarily true stories, they just seemed like they were really well-written songs."
Though largely a one-man operation, Ashworth's artistic mindset makes him highly receptive to working with other talented musicians on his compilations; utilizing trombones, guitars and cornets to give his music depth and dimension.
Casiotone and the Painfully Alone is currently touring with Magical Beautiful across the U.S. to showcase music from the latest album, "Vs. Children." Boston's Pants Yell! round out the bill and play first.
Tickets for the Iron Horse show Friday April 30th at 10PM can be had here.