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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Micah McLain
12/10/2009 | | | Live Show Preview
Cursive took the stage Monday night at a surprisingly early 11:15 p.m. after opening sets from Winston Audio and Capgun Coups. I, however, had assumed that headliners at Lenny's still didn't start until after midnight - a mistake that I paid dearly for. While I only caught the tail end of their set, I can imagine how powerful and intense the rest of their time on stage was.

While playing to a disappointingly half-full room, Tim Kasher and company ripped through a variety of songs from their full catalog. The slowly building "From the Hips" off 2009's Mama, I'm Swollen had the entire crowd chanting and thrashing along with the band as Kasher escalated his lyrical delivery from speaking "I'm at my best when/I'm trying to look and think/And talk and sing and read/And write like all the rest," to screaming "And I wish that we had never talked/Our hips said it all" by songs end.
A cover of King Crimson's super jam "21st Century Schizoid Man" allowed the band, especially drummer Cully Symington, to show off the musicianship that the band continues to hone during their frequent touring. The band finished their set with a passionate, scream-filled performance of fan favorite "The Martyr," leaving everyone that was lucky enough to be in attendance wanting more of this increasingly legendary group.

It was a truly special opportunity to catch a band that has played the Tabernacle and Variety Playhouse in recent years at such an intimate, dirty, and loud venue like Lenny's. Cursive has been around for almost 15 years and it seems that Tim Kasher is enjoying the role that the band has settled into; no longer at the point where he feels the need to continue to reach for mainstream acceptance, but instead focus on playing the music that the band's true fans have loved all along at the venues where he can connect with his fans the most.
Mama, I'm Swollen

Mama, I'm Swollen

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