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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Tiffany Kaiser
05/01/2009 | Wayne State University South End | | Live Show Preview
Upon hearing the word 'cursive,' some are reminded of and most familiar with the style of writing known for its elegant appearance on paper. Coming from the Latin word cursivus, meaning "flowing," Cursive is no longer just a style of writing, but also a creator of music. And they're coming to Detroit.

Cursive is a three-piece indie rock band hailing from Omaha, Nebraska. Members Tim Kasher and Matt Maginn started the band in 1995. In 1999, Ted Stevens joined to replace guitarist Steve Pederson. Cornbread Compton joined in 2007 as the drummer and percussionist.

Cursive has had a busy year. They have been promoting their newest album, "Mama, I'm Swollen," which was released on March 10. Their tour for the album kicked off on April 24.

"Mama, I'm Swollen" is Cursive's seventh full-length album consisting of 10 tracks as well as a Bonus Material Download Card that came with CD and LP versions, allowing the customer to download five bonus tracks and 14 tour videos.

The reason behind the record's name stems from the band member's personal experiences, which, according to Stevens, was created by Kasher.

"Tim came up with it one day," Stevens said. "But I guess it hit home for me because my sister just had a baby."

According to Stevens, "Mama, I'm Swollen" has changed a number of ways since previous albums on several different levels.

"I think from a standpoint of writing, living experiences and touring it evolved, and musically, maybe because it was written with an organ and a piano alongside the guitars," he said.

"It has evolved in a way that people who've spent a long time writing music separately come together and put a lot of effort and energy into it, and I think it shows."

Reviews for "Mama, I'm Swollen" ranged from three out of five stars from "Rolling Stone" to one and half stars from "Spin." Even though critics gave mixed reviews, Stevens has an idea where longtime fans fall on the spectrum.

"I think long term fans are easy on us because they're in it for the long haul and they want to see us evolve and change," he said. "I'm surprised by a lot of the people who are into the early stuff that find similarities in this record."

Cursive's newest artistic and personal tour de force is by no means a record that only longtime fans will appreciate. These innovative indie rockers have provided a musical composite of folk-like tunes, heavy guitars and a diverse vocal range that offers variance for any new listeners.

"We love what we do, we love music, and I think it shows when you hear our records," Stevens said. "As far as the live show, you can tell we are just really excited about life."
Mama, I'm Swollen

Mama, I'm Swollen

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