Cursive Vinyl, CD & tapes by Cursive at Norman Records
Emo punks Cursive have passed the time since their inception writing about the difficulties of settling down and keeping the love you've found. Tim Kasher has effectively made it his life's work to expose, via shouting, the stresses of domestic living, and has also made some great, weird concept albums about relationships like The Ugly Organ. After a pithy dud in I Am Gemini, their 2012 rock 'n' roll monodrama, they return with Vitriola. An absolute classic Cursive album name, the record promises a return from founding drummer Clint Schnase, and considers (what else) the dystopia hellscape we're living in. It will no doubt be melodic, brash and all at once.
- Vinyl LP (BSM239V)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Last copy
Back when the emo revival didn't exist yet, and writing concept albums about break-ups and domestic struggles was the done thing, there was Cursive, and there was Tim Kasher. Released after the potent and disturbing 'Domestica', with its mathier approach to heartbreak and its stark, violent lyricism, 'The Ugly Organ' saw Kasher's band transition from emotionally raw punks to an almost delicate indie rock band. The added orchestral elements to Cursive's sound were as sharp as you'd expect from the band, though, with cellos sounding like heart attacks and violins played like they were pushing the listener to the floor. And Kasher's lyrics were still miserable, ruined and wrecked. 'The Ugly Organ' might be Saddle Creek's high watermark, and reminds us that what we like listening to best is often someone else's turmoil. Here's a deluxe version of the pity party, with lots of additional songs.
Cursive have always been a band driven by themes and policies, but Tim Kasher upped the ante on Happy Hollow, crafting a majestic concept album about the failed application of the American dream. It's a change up from the sinister romances of Domestica and The Ugly Organ, and the result is a more musically diverse record with a few new directions to shoot off into. Kasher's still miserable as shit, though.
Cursive/ Eastern Youth