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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Matthew
03/09/2009 | | | Live Show Preview
After a few times of seeing Cursive live, I've figured out that are three different bands that can show up at one of their gigs. There is the really drunk one - which is mostly fueled by lead singer Tim Kasher's famous, belligerent rants. There is also the really god awful one. Back in the salad days of LNWF, I wrote a review (which, I am not going to link here because I'm sure it's god awful) saying how I thought they might break up after a truly horrid show at Webster Hall. Yeah, it can get that bad sometimes. Finally, there is the super pro version, where the band blazes through their back catalog with little to no talking or ranting from Tim. Monday's show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was the latter.

The band played a bunch of songs off their brilliant new record Mama, I'm Swollen, including "From The Hips," "I Couldn't Love You," "Donkeys" and "What Have I Done" (which seriously might be one of the best songs the band has ever written). The usual crowd pleasers like "Some Red Handed Slight Of Hand," "Art is Hard," "Bad Sects" and set-closer "The Marytr" were all thrown in the mix as well. It was definitely the longest I've ever seen them play.

For some reason, drummer Cornbread Compton was not on stage with the band that night, which is a bummer because I think he adds a whole other dimension to their live show. Although, the replacement did a pretty awesome job though so kudos go out to him for sure.

In the end, a part of me wanted a mix of the two Cursive bands (of course, the drunk and pro one) but I settled for a super long set from the band and soaked it all in.

Our buddies The King Left opened up the show. Despite a few hecklers, the band carried on and played a bunch of excellent new songs, which will be on their forthcoming full-length. Be on the lookout for that record because it's sure to freakin' great.
Mama, I'm Swollen

Mama, I'm Swollen

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