Mama, I'm Swollen
Author: Jon Wheelock
Cursive has been making music for well over a decade now, which almost seems unbelievable considering the shelf life of so many indie bands. But Cursive hasn't experienced a creative drop off; in fact, they're at their lyrical and musical best. Hats off to singer Tim Kasher, too, whose voice remains as volatile and strained as it was when the band started 15 years ago. It's Kasher's voice, after all, that is the rallying point, taking songs that start out subtle and transforming them into something chaotic in what seems like one breath. The lyrics themselves are deliberately crafted, placing characters against the ever present, crippling backdrop of society in typical Kasher form. In the song "From the Hips," off the bands newest album Mama, I'm Swollen (Saddle Creek), Kasher muses on this conflict between man and machine: "We're all just trying to play our roles/In a play that runs ad nauseum/I hate this damn enlightenment/We were better off as animals." A scary but rewarding prospect. Joining Cursive on Sunday (March 7) at Mohawk Place are local bands All of Them Witches and Paul's Grandfather.