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Cursive

As early as 1995, the original members of Cursive -- Tim Kasher on guitar and vocals, Clint Schnase on drums, Matt Maginn on bass, and Stephen Pederson on guitar -- began work on their newly christened project, experimenting with elements of indie rock and eclectic post-hardcore to fashion a unique sound. The Omaha, Nebraska-based four-piece came out of existing friendships and some of the members' previous work together in Slowdown Virginia, making the musical partnership a logical idea from the start. They debuted with the "Disruption" 7" on the local friend-run label Saddle Creek and shortly released a second 7", "Sucker and Dry," on New York-based Zero Hour. Both recordings spotlighted Kasher's uniquely powerful voice along with the group's consistently thundering rhythm section and jagged guitars. Cursive went even further on their debut full-length, Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes. Split-released by Crank! A Record Company and New York's Interplanetary Truckers Union in 1997, the LP received high acclaim and put the band on the musical map.

Over the next year, Cursive released both a split 10" with Austin's Silver Scooter (also on Crank!) and yet another 7" entitled "Disruption." The latter record began the band's extensive future with Saddle Creek, and in November of 1998, the label released the group's second full-length, The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song. The LP saw the band's first real attempt at incorporating linked lyrical concepts, as Kasher's lyrics told the tale of a man's complete breakdown over the aggressive song structures. Unfortunately for their growing fan base, the record didn't even yield a tour and instead saw the members disband to work on other projects, with no mention of a reunion at some later date.

After the temporary split, the members of Cursive explored a number of different outlets (including Commander Venus and Bright Eyes). After one failed marriage and some real introspection, however, the group decided to give things another shot, a fortunate conclusion that in June of 2000 resulted in the realization of Domestica. Full of fractured rhythms and lyrical examinations of a couple's crumbling relationship, the album spun a story that carried an odd familiarity to the real life experiences of Kasher. Domestica also introduced a new Cursive member, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Ted Stevens, formerly of Lullaby for the Working Class. (Pederson bowed out of the group to continue his education at Duke University; he later formed White Octave.)

Novena on a Nocturn, the debut of Kasher's solo project, the Good Life, was released in 2001. Also notable was the release of another Cursive EP, Burst and Bloom, which added cellist Gretta Cohn to the band's lineup. Meanwhile, Cursive were featured on the first 7" in Makato Recordings' year-long monthly 7" series, and the quintet returned in 2003 with The Ugly Organ. Their most ambitious album to date, The Ugly Organ was hailed for its challenging songwriting, obtuse conceptual scope, and serious lyrical turns. As the band readied a worthy follow-up album, Saddle Creek issued Difference Between Houses and Homes in August 2005, assembling Cursive's out of print 7"s (including two unreleased songs) into a stopgap compilation. Happy Hollow ultimately arrived in 2006, marking the departure of Cohn but also the inclusion of a brass section, which the band utilized to explore religious contradictions within the context of a fictional Western town. The following year, founding drummer Clint Schnase left Cursive on good terms and was replaced by touring drummer Cornbread Compton, and the band continued onward with its revised lineup, ringing in 2009 with the release of Mama, I'm Swollen. In 2012, they aimed for a heavy sound, choosing to work with Mastodon and Isis producer Matt Bayles on I Am Gemini, a concept album about two twins separated at birth. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi
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Comments

I don't believe I Am Gemini is literally a tale about twins separated at birth. I believe it is the story of one man, tormented by the duality of himself (or all of us for that matter). And despite his best efforts to ignore, and even to a degree, shun his moon, it's left him fractured. Catharsis leads him to a single truth, he only has himself, thus he accepts that they are one. They are the light and the dark, timid and arrogant, cautious and impulsive. To deny his moon is to deny himself.
Cursive is the best thing since well, Betty white. (She's older than sliced bread, seriously look it up)
<3 cursive!!!!
This kinda s**tty music is the reason why rock music is so lame and no one likes it anymore , anyone who disagrees or calls me mean homophobic words for this comment is WRONG!!!!
Extraordinar y !
Antony and the Johnsons serve up a less typical affect.
decal_12
I keep thinking I don't need to hear more Cursive records (do I really need to hear a cynic confirming his worst beliefs about human nature, over and over?). But then the next album comes out, I eventually give it a listen, and am completely won over. I still wish Kasher could get back to a less self-centere d writing style, but even so, these guys are just damn good.
Some of my favorite shows ever, in RI, Chicago, St. Louis several times. Often toured with The Appleseed Cast 8 or 10 years ago. Domestica has defined too many of my relationship s through the years.
It's pretty crazy when Similar Artists are given as "At the Drive-In", "Pixies" and "Arcade Fire". Man, there's not a lot of similarity there, except that they're all good. Kick a**.
melaniemikes e l l
Happy Hollow changed my life. Check out Tim Kasher's solo stuff too.
best band ever. hands down
I love "From the hips"
jean_albert_ g o n z a l e z
I must have listened to "Such Blinding Stars.." hundreds of times. I never get tired of it.....My roommates probably do....hahaha h a
This is a painfully under appreciated and unknown band. Great talent can be seen in the arrangements and rhythms, along with the fact that they make truly great songs.
saw 'em in chapel hill in '02, much better than that s**t band blood brothers they played with. great catalog of songs, i must say. not what i usually listen to, but good.
sero_amanda
some jerks thought it was a good idea to mosh at a cursive show. they broke my nose during my favorite song (gentleman caller)... i stood there & bled until the song was over: THAT'S how amazing they are! :)
their lead sucks
yummy caramel popcorn grooves
these guys are good, i jumped in on the ugly organ and some of whatever was before. i faded away after that. good band, saw them play and they put on one of the best shows as far as musicality and dimension in volume in their songs.
1985-1995 w/e
1997-2006 heard it before
1997-2003 awsome
2004-2009 good
indiemusicfa n 8 1
1997-2003 good
2004-2009 eh
ben.griffin6
"it keeps s**tting what i feed it."
"My ego is like my stomach it keeps s**tting everything"
Agreed with gws, FANTASTIC live show. VERY energetic. If you don't like and appreciate your music, then at least you can like and appreciate the energy they transfer to the audience. It's awesome to watch the audience get SO into it.
Cello > Horns. Still good though.
I'm not familiar with anything post Ugly Organ but Cursive is not artsy crap. And one of the best live shows I've ever seen.
bromide01
Pretentious artsy crap. But, they have some good songs. I have to admit that. Well, I didn't have to admit it, but I did.
great
f**king fantastic.
Hang on, where's the "8 teeth to eat you with" split in the discography?
thanks.
One of my favorite bands ever. Burst and Bloom EP all the way!
I wish they had all their cds on here....
F***** grease lightnin!!
the storms of early summer is my favorite album of theirs
I only ever heard one song of theirs I didn't love.
the more i listen to thos band the more i realise the complexity of it
burst and bloom is all i got to say about this
ronna_young
love my omaha bands!!!
ahhhhhhhhh yum delicious.
Hands down, the most amazing band I have ever heard.
theporzboy
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