Tim Kasher has returned to his art rock band, Cursive, with the release of “Life Savings”, the new single from their upcoming album, Vitriola. This marks their first release in six years, following 2012’s I Am Gemini.
Originating from Omaha, NE, Kasher has most recently been busy making music with his other band, The Good Life, and releasing solo material. Despite his continuous loyalty to Omaha-based Saddle Creek Records, which has also been home to Conor Oberst’s beloved indie band, Bright Eyes, Vitriola will be released on Cursive’s newly running 15 Passenger Records.
Kasher has stated that Vitriola is meant to be less intentionally conceptual as previous albums and more reflective of collective suffering, taking inspiration from the hopelessness of the current presidential administration and socio-political conditions. The record label’s website notes that Vitriola “finds the band struggling with existentialism veering towards nihilism and despair.” “Life Savings” is a scathing reflection on the disappointment of living in a capitalistic society as an average citizen, as Kasher sings, “There’s no future / only money, money.”
I started listening to Cursive in 2003 when they released The Ugly Organ, a breakthrough indie album, and soon enough, I found myself diving deep into their back catalog. I was shocked by what I was hearing, a little disturbed, and intrigued enough to listen to the record over and over again. I didn’t know how to absorb the gloomy, jaded, storytelling lyrics and Kasher’s grainy voice, but I liked being subjected to it. I loved their aggressive sound, their theatrical atmosphere highlighted by the use of the cello, the fuzzy energy their music exuded. With Vitriola, Cursive will be reigniting this biting style. The nostalgia of them revisiting that same sound is exciting beyond explanation.
Make sure you get an earful of Cursive’s Vitriola, set to be released on October 5th. Meanwhile, listen to “Life Savings” below.
Andrew Spiess's work has appeared in Lingerpost, Permafrost, Prairie Margins, The Miscreant, Gravel, The Hamilton Stone Review, Punch Drunk Press, and Birds Piled Loosely. He received a Louise C. Cooper Book Award from Bowling Green State University, where he studied, and a poem of his has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He works and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow him on Twitter: @andrewspiesss.