Monday, September 17, 2012

Show Preview - Cursive - 9.21.12 - Stage AE - Concert Preview

One of our favorite acts is making another stop in the burgh, this time at Stage AE. Cursive will be opening for Minus the Bear this Friday, 9.21. They are still touring behind their seventh album I Am Gemini which was released earliest this year via Saddle Creek Records. The album tells the story of twin brothers Cassius and Pollock, one good and one evil. An unexpected reunion at a house that is not a home ignites a classic struggle for the soul, played out with a cast of supporting characters that includes a chorus of angels and devils, and twin sisters conjoined at the head. This will be Cursive's second appearance in Pittsburgh, most recently at Mr Smalls this past March.

From our previous interview with Tim Kasher:

What made you decide to write an album about a fictional set up conjoined brothers?

It kind of evolved into that. I had loosely planned on writing about conflicting voices in one's heads, it spun out of control from there.

It’s the story of good v. evil from what I have read/heard. Is this something you see as a screenplay?

I had some daydreams of doing other things with this story, but set those ideas aside to ensure the story of the album was told completely. I didn't want it to be a companion piece to other proposed mediums, but rather a story in and of itself.

We had spoken before you had written a couple of more screenplays and were trying to film your first movie. Have you been able to do this? 

I got tripped up a few times in the production aspect of film making, enough times to leave me exhausted. I still write plenty aside from songwriting, but continue to consider it a hobby.

How did writing the structures of these songs compare to your past albums? Was this a much different process from more of ‘personal’ albums?

It wasn't incredibly different, we approached the compiling of songs in the same fashion as we have in the past, the main difference was we sequenced the songs in their correct order before writing the lyrics or recording. This way I was able to write the story linearly from track one to the end of the album. It also gave us a lot more insight whilst recording, knowing in advance which songs went into which songs.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $22 and can be found here.