Cursive to Write Its Way Through Chicago
By Randy J. Klodz
The band name Cursive may first sound like something a lesson from the
educational “School House Rock” children’s series but the quintet from Omaha,
Neb. will once again unleash its brand of cello and organ-infused rock when
the band hits Chicago’s Metro on Sept. 12.
Cursive—which includes Tim Kasher (vocals, guitar, organ), Ted
Stevens (guitar, vocals), Matt Maginn (bass), Clint Schnase (drums) and Gretta
Cohn (cello)—is currently touring behind “The Ugly Organ” which was
released in March on Saddle Creek Records.
For this initial leg of the tour, the Seattle-based screamsters the
Blood Brothers will warm the stage for Cursive. This may seem like an odd
selection for a talented hardcore act such as the Blood Brothers to be opening
for a solid rock band that includes a cello in its strings section, but Stevens
can make the connection.
“We’re really trying to expand our fan base and they have a really good
draw amongst the younger crowd as well as we do,” said Stevens. “There is
some crossover, I think, in the crowd. They’ve kind of told us that, now that
they’ve been out on the road, that they are getting a great response from
their fans like, ‘Yeah it’s great you’re coming back with Cursive.’ Hopefully
it works both ways.’”
The band’s crafty instrumentation is the root of what makes Cursive stand
out in a crowd full of indie rockers and low-key rock all-stars. Songs such
as “Butcher the Song” and “A Gentleman Caller” glisten with heavy guitar rifts,
high and low vocals and sarcastic yet poignant lyrics.
“Butcher the Song” starts out heavy and then simmers to close with the
lyrics: “The organ’s playing my song / but this song’s gone on too long /
What a day to sever such ugly extremities / ‘What a lovely day,” says the
butcher as he raises his arm.”
Metro is at 3730 N. Clark St. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed
for $12 each. Show time is scheduled for a start at 6:30 p.m. For more information
on Cursive log on to www.cursivearmy.com.