Cursive at the Somerville Theatre on September 30
A Review of Cursive at the Somerville Theatre on September 30
Cursive was, to say the absolute least, perfect last Saturday night, September 30, at the Sommerville Theater in Davis Square. The line at the ticket booth was teeming with teens and young adults anxious to see Tim Kasher and his brutally melodic ensemble serenade them with twistedly anathematic songs about divorce, disintegration, and everything in between.
The Omaha-based indie rockers did not disappoint, playing songs from each of their three albums of most notoriety: Domestica, The Ugly Organ, and, their new release, Happy Hollow. Domestica, an album written about Kasher’s divorce, is arguably the band’s best effort, however the two aforementioned follow-ups have been impressive in their own right.
The Ugly Organ, an album covering a gammet of experience, including the nefarious actions of, well, most people in their mid twenties and the downfall of intelligent music, was covered at the show, first when the band played the angst filled “Some red Handed Slight of Hand,” and then when they closed their encore with “Art is Hard,” to which the audience sung the rally cry “You gotta sink to swim!”
Cursive played a number of songs off this fall’s Happy Hollow. “Dorothy at Forty,” “Big Bang,” “Bad Sects,” and “Flag and Family,” were played to exceptional audience reception. Kasher’s voice, one of strength and fragility, was in top form. From devilish screams to soft whispers, he made every teenaged girls heart melt and every teenaged boy wish they could sing as he can.
Kasher had fun with the audience too. At one point a parishioner yelled to Kasher, saying something along the lines of, “Where is your handle bar moustache?” Kasher replied by posing the same question back, while also saying that he must not have received the text message that it was handle bar moustache day. Everybody had a good laugh, and when the show continued, the audience once again exploded with excitement and angst.