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Cursive's Domestica

Author: Adam Gnade
06/01/2000 | signOnSanDiego | Feature
I learned to write using cursive in the second grade and totally despised it. Still do. Cursive...urgh! What a horribly moronic, antiquated form of communication. First off, its generaly pretty sloppy and looks like you were either really ragingly drunk or driving over potholes and speed bumps as you wrote it. Secondly, it gives big-time hand cramps with that lame, flowing, pauseless script and, finally, unless some major calligraphy training has gone down, it is absolutely impossible to read.
Yep, terrible stuff. Was my total arch-enemy back then. Fought it tooth 'n' nail every step of the freakin' way. It was my first step of rebellion, and my teacher, Mrs. Knudsen, and the rest of my class hated me for hating it. They all loved cursive. Adored it. Probably a buncha axe-murderers, car theives and crack fiends now.
This Cursive i do like. With its maniacally aggressive indie-punk guitar onslought, primal screaming vocals and savage drums, the band's music is so incredibly different than the handwriting style that is almost feels like a triumph against my old nemesis. And while the band disbanded a while back, it got back together in late July and has already returned to old fighting form. Cursive has recently released a split 10-inch record with the Austin-based indie-pop band Silver Scooter and is currently working on a new full-length album.
Other suggested Cursive listening includes: 1997's “Such Blinding Stars for Starving Eyes" (Crank! Records/ITU) and last year's “The Storms of Early Summer: Semantics of Song" (Saddle Creek Records).
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