In a single lyric, Cursive's lead singer, Tim Kasher, can pen entire ideas with relatable ease. Yet while they might be better known for lyrics that muse things like "the darkness of mankind stirs in us all," their latest release, I Am Gemini, takes the word conceptual and pushes it to its full extent.
It's this trademark storytelling approach to music that makes Cursive such a unique band to experience, and their Houston stop brings them to Fitzgerald's on Friday, April 13.
Despite gaining a cult following in the indie world, Kasher and founding band members Matt Maginn and Ted Stevens have remained true to themselves, and they have a lot to show for it.
I Am Gemini, Cursive's seventh effort, revolves around the story of Cassius and Pollock, twins that were separated at birth. What unfolds in the 43 minutes between start and finish is a dark story of good versus evil.
Although the album makes most sense when heard in order, lyrics on tracks like "The Sun and Moon" and "Double Dead" still leave room for interpretation outside of the bounds of their background story. With help from drummer, Cully Symington, and multi-instrumentalist, Patrick Newberry, Kasher's unmistakably animated vocals flow over the composition of the album so well that it almost feels as though you're listening to a radio show in the 1940s.
However, music fiends aren't the only ones who will appreciate this album. Sure, there are the classic Cursive shoe-gaze guitar riffs that dance over tight bass-lines and spot-on drumming, but that's not the only reason to praise I Am Gemini. With album art that is styled around the format of a Playbill, English-lit nerds will find themselves smitten with how committed the group is to the experience of their records.
Still, the group remains faithful to the fans, and with a discography that dates back twelve years, there is no doubt that Cursive will wipe the dust off of their older tracks for the sake of having a good time. But if you're going to make a request, buy them a round of Jameson – we hear it might sway them.