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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Kevin Coffey
12/10/2009 | Omaha World Herald | | Live Show Preview
It's been a busy year for Cursive.

After releasing a new disc, the group has kept an almost constant touring schedule.

The group released "Mama, I'm Swollen" on Saddle Creek Records in March. It has received arguably the most press and praise of any of Cursive's six albums, including the band's appearance on the "Late Show With David Letterman."

Cursive's rock and punk songs take on dark themes and topics, and some of the characters that inhabit lyrics aren't too friendly.

If you go

What: Toy Drive for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation featuring Cursive with Capgun Coup, Brad Hoshaw, Vago

When: 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.

$14 at

Information: or 884-5353

In fact, the band's music inspired the recent article, "Five Cursive characters you wouldn't want to invite to Thanksgiving dinner" from The Onion's AV Club.

Cursive frontman Tim Kasher said he read the article and laughed.

"They're people I wouldn't want at Thanksgiving dinner either," he said, calling in while driving to New Orleans. "But I don't feel like I'm filling the world with more pessimism or negativity. I think that writers like myself tackle those kind of subjects and become a kind of catharsis to people that can relate to that pessimism or darker characters."

He's not sure what is coming next for the band.

"I'm fully prepared to call it a day with every record that I do," Kasher said. "I'm always ready to be out of style."

Kasher said he's not sure if the band will record another album. The band wants to do another, but they don't have any ideas yet.

For now, Cursive is wrapping up a headlining tour with a show Sunday at the Waiting Room. A tour opening for Alkaline Trio has also just been announced.

Sunday's show in Omaha is a benefit for the Toy Drive for Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which brings toys to children in one of the poorest communities in the country.

Cursive recorded a song as part of an album of holiday music from local musicians. Sales of the album benefit the toy drive.

Larry Dunn, aka Lash LaRue, organizes the annual drive. Kasher has known him for years, so Cursive has left out an open offer to record a song since Dunn started the project. Dunn finally took the band up on it. Kasher said it was a positive experience.

"I'd love to do it every year," he said.

For the Christmas album, they did a "properly depressing version" of "Auld Lang Syne," Kasher said. He explained that he doesn't like holiday music at all, but added, "I actually really like that song."
Mama, I'm Swollen

Mama, I'm Swollen

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