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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: John Phillips
06/18/2009 | Sacramento News Review | | Live Show Preview
The process of a band accepting the realities of adulthood equals so not rock 'n' roll?: Ted Stevens of Cursive is a conflicted man.

When he joined the band in 2000, for the album Domestica, Stevens had already found success playing with his group Lullaby for the Working Class. Then two years later, he began releasing albums with his side project, Mayday, on Cursive's Omaha, Neb., label Saddle Creek Records, which is famous for distributing work by such acts as Bright Eyes, the Faint and Rilo Kiley.

And now, Stevens is touring in support of Cursive's new album, Mama I'm Swollen, released on March 10 (the band will play June 26 at The Boardwalk).

But the side projects keep adding up. Stevens and Alex McManus of Lambchop have a project currently titled the Purples, which has been in the works for several years. "Every time I make a record by myself, I go about it in a weird way," Stevens explains. "I learn my lesson halfway through and I change courses. Normally it all works out for the best when it's done. But with this record, he and I just can't seem to finish."

In addition to the Purples, Stevens has rallied the Mayday troops back in the studio for another album. The only issue: Everyone in the band, like Stevens, has other obligations. "I just can't get everyone together on the same day. And I'm equally guilty at this point. My goal is to get a record at least written by December."

After 13 years of releasing records and constant touring and writing, Stevens and the rest of the Cursive members finally are seeing life as a musician in a more adult context. The days of late-night partying and shenanigans are long gone; a growing number of responsibilities are now priority.

"We're forced to take it more seriously. We still drink and we still party, but there is a limit to it. There is a magic number somewhere in the late 20s when you hit an age where you need bed rest in order to function well, and if you don't get it, you're kind of brain-dead," Stevens says.
Mama, I'm Swollen

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