Cursive has shared their new song “It’s Gonna Hurt,” the third and final early single from their forthcoming new album, Vitriola. Of the moody, foreboding track – a heady mix of angular guitars, haunting cello and synths, pulsating bass, and forceful drums – singer/guitarist Tim Kasher says, “This song is about watching those closest to you as they seem to deliberately self-destruct. How we find it hard to forgive them for it, but also how we carry the blame for it”; listen below.
“It’s Gonna Hurt” follows lead single “Life Savings” (“It’s classic Cursive, with psychic nails of sound and Kasher’s righteously spit anger, enriched by a guitar melody that breaks apart the rage.” – NPR Music) and second single “Under The Rainbow” (“a heavy hitter” – NYLON). Vitriola marks the band’s first new album since 2012, as well as their debut release on their own label, 15 Passenger, and will arrive in stores next Friday, October 5th. Pre-order it now here.
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Cursive will head out on tour mid-next month, beginning on October 18th in Kansas City, MO. The first, eastern leg of the tour will wrap up on November 18th in hometown Omaha, NE and the band will then begin their western run on January 19th in Boulder, CO. A current itinerary is below and includes a November 7th show at New York’s Irving Plaza and a January 31st show at Los Angeles’ Regent Theater.
Recorded at Omaha’s ARC Studios with Mike Mogis – who last co-produced with Cursive on Happy Hollow – Vitriola takes a different approach than the tightly woven conceptual albums of the band’s past. It is less rigidly themed and more responsive, and finds the band struggling 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. There’s a palpable unease that wells beneath Vitriola’s simmering requiems and fist-shakers: at its core, the album is about a search for meaning that keeps coming up empty, and finding the will to keep going despite the fear of a dark future. The album directs frustration and anger not only at the universe at large and a modern society that seems to grow more confusing, unstable, and chaotic with each passing day, but also inwardly towards ourselves – illustrating an uncommon self-awareness that’s become a hallmark of Kasher’s songwriting.
Vitriola reunites Kasher, guitarist/singer Ted Stevens and bassist Matt Maginn with founding drummer Clint Schnase – also for the first time since Happy Hollow. They’re joined by Patrick Newbery on keys (who’s been a full-time member for years) and touring mainstay Megan Siebe on cello. Schnase and Maginn are in rare form, picking up right where they left off with a rhythmic lockstep of viscera-vibrating bass and toms, providing a foundation for Kasher and Stevens’ intertwining guitars and Newbery and Siebe’s cinematic flourishes. Sonically, Vitriola runs the gamut between rich, resonant melodicism, Hitchcockian anxiety, and powerful dynamics – and no Cursive album would be complete without scream-along lyrics that make for unlikely anthems.
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