One of my favorite bands of all time is coming to The Turf Club on Saturday, November 17th. Cursive has been a staple in the daily playlist of my life for years and I truly can’t wait to catch them live again. Over the past two decades, Cursive has become known for writing smart, tightly woven concept albums where frontman Tim Kasher turns his unflinching gaze on specific, oftentimes challenging themes, and examines them with an incisively brutal honesty.
2000’s Domestica dealt with divorce; 2003’s The Ugly Organ tackled art, sex, and relationships; 2006’s Happy Hollow skewered organized religion; 2009’s Mama, I’m Swollen grappled with the human condition and social morality; and 2012’s I Am Gemini explored the battle between good and evil. But the band’s remarkable eighth full-length, Vitriola, required a different approach — one less rigidly themed and more reactionary as the band struggles with existentialism veering towards nihilism and despair; the ways in which society, much like a writer, creates and destroys; and an oncoming dystopia that feels eerily near at hand.
Cursive has naturally developed a pattern of releasing new music every three years, creating records not out of obligation, but need, with the mindset that each record could potentially be their last. 2015 came and went, however, and the band remained silent for their longest period to date. But the members of Cursive have remained busy with solo records, a movie (the Kasher-penned and directed No Resolution), and running businesses (the band collectively owns and operates hometown Omaha’s mainstay bar/venue, O’Leaver’s).
Meat Wave will be opening up the show. In late 2014, Meat Wave’s 24-year-old frontman Chris Sutter found himself facing the end of the relationship he had been in since he was 12 years old. “When you’re in something like that for so long, it doesn’t shield you from the world, but it softens your reality,” he explains. “A long relationship like that gives you confidence.” He likens the experience of being single for the first time in his adult life to being an Amish kid on Rumspringa. “I was just going nuts, making all the mistakes that you could make. It made for a really whack, fucked up time—very confused, always unsure—and that led to a bunch of shit,” Sutter laughs grimly.
Kicking the nigh off is Campdogzz. In Rounds, the latest album from Chicago-based Campdogzz, is centered around driving rhythms, insistent dual guitars set in intriguing arrangements, and the haunting, evocative voice of Tulsa, OK-native Jess Price. Her melodies take on the shape of a storm making its way in — and out just as soon. There’s a feeling of electricity, of winds shifting, a magical mix of both comfort and unease.
Tickets are still available here.
Remaining Tour Dates:
11/07 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
11/08 – Paradise – Boston, MA
11/09 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
11/10 – Tralf – Buffalo, NY
11/11 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/12 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
11/13 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
11/14 – El Club – Detroit, MI
11/16 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
11/17 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
11/18 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE