Cursive and mewithoutYou with Appleseed Cast
21+ $20 Doors 7pm/ Show 8pm
Over the past two decades, Cursive has become known for writing smart, tightly woven concept albums where frontman Tim Kasher turns his unflinching gaze on specific, oftentimes challenging themes, and examines them with an incisively brutal honesty. 2000s Domestica dealt with divorce; 2003s The Ugly Organ tackled art, sex, and relationships; 2006s Happy Hollow skewered organized religion; 2009s Mama, Im Swollen grappled with the human condition and social morality; and 2012s I Am Gemini explored the battle between good and evil. But the bands remarkable eighth full-length, Vitriola, required a different approach -- one less rigidly themed and more responsive as the band struggles 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.
For the first time since Happy Hollow, Vitriola reunites Kasher, guitarist/singer Ted Stevens and bassist Matt Maginn with founding drummer Clint Schnase, as well as co-producer Mike Mogis at ARC Studios in Omaha. Theyre joined by Patrick Newbery on keys (whos been a full-time member for years) and touring mainstay Megan Siebe on cello. The album runs the sonic gamut between rich, resonant melodicism, Hitchcockian anxiety, and explosive catharsis -- and no Cursive album would be complete without scream-along melodies and lyrics that, upon reflection, make for unlikely anthems. http://cursivearmy.com
It is no mistake that mewithoutYou have become one of todays most fascinating experimental rock acts. The last 15 years have borne witness to the Philadelphia five-piece exercising stylistic evolutions and aerial dynamics with humbling dexterity and untamed ambition. At their roots may be a theatrical progressive punk/post-hardcore band, but theyve never been content to remain comfortably within a familiar genre. Their continuous multi-directional movements have left them increasingly difficult to classify, the growth of their branches impossible to predict. http://mewithoutyou.com
The Appleseed Cast:
Change, as they say, is a good thing. And a lot has changed for Lawrence, Kansas, post-rock outfit The Appleseed Cast over the 14 years since their founding. With Illumination Ritual (out April 23rd), their first full-length since 2009s Sagamartha & first output since 2011s Middle States EP, theyve embraced not only a new line-up, but also hopscotching time signatures and a tumultuous anthemic energy that rivals anything else in their consistently impressive catalog.
With lyrics written over the course of three nights, between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., & music written over a 3 month period of time, Illumination Ritual reflects both a sense of urgency and unbridled creative energy. Many bands fizzle out after a few records but on this, their 8th full length, theyve hit a high mark that many will undoubtedly compare to their 2001 masterpiece, Low Level Owl. We here at Graveface feel this is easily their best record to date though.
Every album has come with line up changes for The Appleseed Cast. This one introduces Taylor Holenbeck on guitar and Nathan Wilder on drums. Both additions are outstanding on this record. Musical interplay between band members is something Appleseed Cast is known for, but the level of counterpoint and intricate yet chaotic energy is unmatched to anything they've done to date. The songs are energetic, sweeping, full of atmosphere, melancholy yet hopeful, driving, determined, and unabashed. Lyrically, Chris Crisci (founding member) is creating images to be pieced together. Much like Appleseed Cast's seminal work, every song has a feeling and theme, but nothing is forced or in your face. The lyrics frame perfectly the vision of the music. In songs like Great Lake Derelict and Cathedral Rings you can hear nods to some of their most recognizable work, but theres something new and fresh thats all encompassing.
With such a natural chemistry within the new line up, it makes sense that the songs themselves, while embracing chaos and a tuneful math-rock sensibility, eschew earlier recordings slick production for a more organic sound. The songwriting itself grew from collaborative explorations in the studio, with each player given time to riff on the parts that had been laid down before, their spontaneous contributions captured and cut together. Newly invigorated by their shared enthusiasm and the interplay of their individual talents, The Appleseed Cast enters their fourteenth year as a new band in the best sense, full of fresh ideas and the energy to bring them to both longtime fans and new converts alike.
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