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Mama, I'm Swollen

12/07/2009 | | | Live Show Preview
Omaha's Saddle Creek delivered yet another indie rock band but this is one has stood up against the muck of a scene that has at times become watered down, homogenized and otherwise boring. Cursive have constantly proven that you can be in a genre overwhelmed with repetitive themes of heart break, isolation, and the creation of art through it all.

Kasher's lyrics call out the repetition in ways that tug at the truth of it and maybe even poke a little fun at themselves with verses such as "Cut it out, your self-inflicted pain is getting too routine the crowds are catching on to the self-afflicted song."

During "Art is Hard" Kasher welcomed a crazy dancing hipster to the stage whom proceeded to strip down and offer his own version of the next verse. He almost got off stage with his pants still on but Kasher wasn't having it. Prompting him with a "you've gone this far!" Then off the boy went diving into the crowd in his boxers.

This is a decent representation of the crowd's enthusiasm during the 18-song set. As Cursive worked through song selects spanning their seven-album discography the crowd ate up the bands energy and gave it right back in full bloom.

The absence of Cohn on cello was filled in and more by an additional keyboardist who doubled on horns and pulled it off quite well.

Song selections from 2000's Domestic and its follow 2003 follow up The Ugly Organ drew the best crowd responses. The Recluse inspired not just your typical chorus sing-along but every word and nuance including the otherwise missing harmonies at the close of the song with "You're in my web now." Proof the crowd was definitely in Cursive's web.

Other crowd pleasers included set closer "Big Bang", "Great Decay", "Staying Alive", "Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand" and an amazing rendition of Bowie's "Modern Love."
Mama, I'm Swollen

Mama, I'm Swollen

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