Mama, I'm Swollen
Author: Lauren Harris
Little known fact: For all the guy-lined wailing bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco traffic in, emo – in its truest sense – was perfected by Nebraskan OGs Cursive. Since their mid-'90s inception, lead singer Tim Kasher and his evolving line-up have brought a depth of emotion so visceral their music would be uncomfortable to listen to, were it not so damn catchy. The band's latest finds Kasher in new environs (Los Angeles), struggling with the difficult emotional terrain of his self-diagnosed Peter Pan Syndrome, managing to sound both swaggering and vulnerable at the same time. But the band's expansive sound and emotional cross-examinations aren't the only ways they're innovating. They also adopted a Radiohead-esque pricing policy, starting at $1 and upping the album's cost a dollar a day for the ten days prior to release.