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.
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Oh where the hell is Robin when you need him? He knows emo. He knows what they shout. He knows why they get so emotional. I own one Cursive single which I actually really like but I have no idea about the ins and outs of their back catalogue.
After some time away they've come back to shout loudly presumably about Trump. It's a vicious affair. Guitars are set to the razorblade setting and drums pound as if the drummer had access to thump Trump's head repeatedly. Though it errs on the noisier side of their canon, Cursive continue to blend their rackateering with melody. They may spend most of their days finding new and complex time signatures to play their songs in but tracks like 'Pick Up The Pieces' blend the juggernaut riffing with melodious chord changes and beneath all the noisy guitars the twirling sound of a cello trying to get involved.
Who'd be the cello player in this band? Knowing that you are forever battling to be heard amidst the racket. The odd track falls into emo cliche - It's Gonna Hurt -in particular is full of 40 something teenage angst but more often or not they are inventive with their riffing. My ears could do with some of the softer sound of Cursive as on The Ugly Organ because they are very good at it. There's hints of it on the later tracks in particularly Everending where Tim Kasher forgets about the political landscape for a minute and returns to his themes of domestic minutiae but mostly this is loud, angry and relentless.
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