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Sometimes the most amazing albums are inspired by equally amazing source material. Such is the case with A Memories Chase, the first full-length by the Chicago-via-Miami band, Ohvaur.

In fact, the band’s main driving force, Timothy Den, has amassed plenty of experience to inspire a 10-disc box set of music. Over the past two decades, Tim has been the Assistant Editor of Lollipop magazine; founded his own website, Transform Online; fronted the Boston-based Kimone, a spacious and driving rock band whose work was produced by former Jawbox head J. Robbins and logged time onstage opening for the likes of Spoon and The Album Leaf; and scored numerous short films, including Bitch, which premiered at the 2007 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.

Through all that, Tim was constantly dogged by an unsettling truth: he was living here in the U.S. illegally.

Tim was born in Taiwan, but at the age of 10, legally moved to Miami with his mother and sister, where they lived for seven years (with a good chunk of that time also spent in Ecuador) before a legal mess ensued, forcing them to return to Taiwan. They managed to make their way to Canada, and then back into the U.S., but were forced to live in fear and anonymity for nearly 20 years.

Now a legal citizen, Tim is finally ready to open up about this harrowing period of his life, starting with A Memories Chase.

Mind you, the album isn’t about the details of these experiences (the full story is in a personal letter written by Tim – available in English, Spanish, and Chinese – accompanying this bio).

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  • wadeoftheodd

    Hey Tim. Glad to hear your still making music. Can't wait to hear the new stuff. Checking it out now.

    8 Mar 2009 Reply

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