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"It's Gonna Hurt"
We have released our new song “It’s Gonna Hurt,” the third and final early single from our forthcoming new album, Vitriola. Listen now HERE. “It’s Gonna Hurt” follows first 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 will arrive in stores next Friday, October 5th. Pre-order it now HERE.
We 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 we will then begin our 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. See all the upcoming tour dates here!
"Under The Rainbow"
We premiered our new song, Under The Rainbow via Stereogum alongside an interview with our very own Tim Kasher. Listen to the pummeling, anthemic track now HERE. Under The Rainbow is the second song released from the forthcoming album Vitriola, out October 5, 2018 via our own label, 15 Passenger -- marking their first self-release for the label, as well as our first album since 2012. Pre-order the album now HERE. First single Life Savings, which premiered via an NPR Music feature, can also be heard HERE.
We also announced a west coast headlining tour for early 2019, beginning January 18th in Denver, CO. The tour will follow the band’s fall run, which begins October 18th in Kansas City, MO and includes an October 26th stop at THE FEST 17 in Gainesville, FL and a November 7th show at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. See all the upcoming tour dates here!
Vitriola ~ "Life Savings"
- Free To Be Or Not To Be You And Me
- Pick Up The Pieces
- It’s Gonna Hurt
- Under The Rainbow
- Ghost Writer
- Life Savings
- Noble Soldier/Dystopian Lament
PRESS RELEASE: Cursive has announced their first new album in six years, Vitriola, will be released on October 5, 2018 via their own label, 15 Passenger and with their friends Big Scary Monsters in Europe. NPR Music premiered lead single “Life Savings” this morning alongside an interview with singer/guitarist Tim Kasher; listen to the song now HERE A foreboding track that carries a heavy weight despite its soaring bridge, “Life Savings” sets the tone for the rest of Vitriola and in many ways encapsulates all things Cursive: seething vocals, angular and intertwining guitars, bone-quaking bass, and pounding drums -- which are courtesy of founding member Clint Schnase for the first time since 2006’s Happy Hollow. Vitriola is Cursive’s debut self-release of a new album through 15 Passenger and can be pre-ordered now HERE (and HERE for Europe).
Recorded at hometown Omaha, NE’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 was written as a reaction to an ulcer I now live with as a result of all the ‘vitriol’ seeping into our daily lives,” explains Kasher. “Rather than contributing to the anger, hopefully this record can be witnessed as a reflection of our collective anxieties, and perhaps offer a little catharsis.”
Sonically, Vitriola runs the gamut between rich, resonant melodicism, Hitchcockian anxiety (frequently courtesy of Patrick Newbery’s keys and Megan Siebe’s cello, an instrument used here again for the first time since The Ugly Organ), and powerful dynamics -- and no Cursive album would be complete without scream-along lyrics that make for unlikely anthems.
Cursive -- joined by touring drummer Pat Oakes -- will head out on a month-long tour of the U.S. this fall, beginning October 18 in Kansas City, MO. The tour will wrap up on November 18th with an Omaha show and includes an October 26 stop at The Fest 17 in Gainesville, FL and a November 7 stop at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. Meat Wave and Campdogzz -- their first non-Cursive signing to 15 Passenger that released a new album, In Rounds, last week -- will support on most shows. A current itinerary is below and more dates will be announced soon. See all the upcoming tour dates here!