Locals: Times New Viking guitarist Jared Phillips returns with Counter Intuits

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From the October 24, 2013 edition

Jared Phillips never envisioned Counter Intuits would become an actual band.

The guitarist, best known for his time in beloved local noisemakers Times New Viking, initially conceived the project with singer Ron House (PSandwich, Great Plains) as a one-off recording experiment, and the pair never intended to play any shows following the release of its self-titled debut earlier this year.

Even now that the two have invited other musicians to perform alongside them (the group will play here as a five-piece) and booked a small handful of shows, including their first-ever Columbus performance at the Summit on Saturday, Oct. 26, Phillips, 31, sounds non-committal, pointing to the distance (he makes his home in Cleveland these days) and scheduling difficulties (he works long hours bartending in an Irish pub) as primary reasons for keeping things open-ended.

Furthermore, he said there’s a good bit of artistic freedom in not making firm plans, and after years spent touring and promoting records on a strict schedule with TNV he enjoyed making music on his own terms again.

“I didn’t have to finish [an album] then be like, ‘Well I have to do this and this and then go tour for a month,’” he said. “There’s no publicity, no distribution, no nothing. You just make something and if it sucks or it’s a failure, whatever, at least you did it. I like that. I think I’m going to do that from now on and I’m not going to worry about any of the other bullshit that goes along with it.”

Phillips, who left Columbus in 2012 to move closer to his girlfriend, said music has taken a back seat to other responsibilities this past year, but these shows have acted as something of a springboard, and he imagines he’ll do more recording (Another Counter Intuits album? A to-be-determined solo project?) at some point in the near future. One thing fans likely won’t see, however, is a Times New Viking reunion — at least not in the coming months.

“We’re waiting on our big, Pavement-style reunion tour … [but] we might have to hold out for a while,” he said, and laughed. “It’d be fun, but I’m not in any hurry to do anything. We called it quits at the right time, and I think it was the best decision. We went out, well, not really on top, but on a plateau. We had some good luck and got to do some fun things. So call it a day. There’s no point in beating a dead horse.”