Owen is Mike Kinsella. For almost a decade, Kinsella has been known for his important role in some of Chicago's most revered bands: Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls, and American Football. All of the projects with the exception of American Football were bands in which Kinsella played with his older brother, Tim, a well-known Chicago musician in his own right. In the projects in which the Kinsella brothers played together, Mike was relegated to the role of drums while his brother handled guitar work. American Football marked a turning point for Mike, as he was able to allow his guitar-playing abilities to finally show, and the band quickly became an indie darling, respected in their own right and seen by many as the best project either Kinsella had played a role in. Although releasing only one proper full-length, American Football made an impressive mark on many indie fans' hearts and souls, and showed the indie world that Mike Kinsella was as good a songwriter and guitarist as he was a drummer. There is no doubt that Owen picks up where American Football left off both musically and lyrically.