When: 03/24/12 @ 9:30pm
Cost: $15 (ages 18+)
with special guests
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Saturday, March 24, 9:30pm
High Noon Saloon
CURSIVE: EXCLUSIVE I AM GEMINI FULL ALBUM STREAM PREMIERE
WINTER/SPRING TOUR UNDERWAY
I AM GEMINI IN STORES FEBRUARY 21ST, 2012
"...Cursive's noisiest, most sonically inventive release in years." - Alternative Press
Cursive premiered a full stream of their new album I Am Gemini today exclusively on RollingStone.com. The album, which won't be available in stores until February 21st via Saddle Creek, can now be heard in its entirety here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-stream-cursives-schizoid-concept-album-i-am-gemini-20120213. Earlier this month, Cursive premiered the second free MP3 download of album track "Wowowow" on Stereogum, while first single and free MP3 download "The Sun and Moon" premiered on RollingStone.com in early January.
Cursive kicked off their winter/spring North American headlining tour last night with a sold out show at the Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO, of which Westword's Backbeat blog wrote, "...the sound was frantic, the lyrics were ambitious and the reaction was devout." The dates continue tomorrow night at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT, and run through April 21st at Mojos in Columbia, MO. The tour also includes already sold out shows at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, on February 24th and The Casbah in San Diego, CA, on February 26th.
I Am Gemini is the surreal and powerful musical tale of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth. One good and one evil, their unexpected reunion in a house that is not a home ignites a classic struggle for the soul, played out with a cast of supporting characters that includes a chorus of angels and devils, and twin sisters conjoined at the head - who make an appearance in "Wowowow". Recorded at Omaha, NE's ARC Studios and mixed at Red Room in Seattle, WA with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus The Bear, Isis), the album marks the first time front man Tim Kasher, with the completed story already in mind, wrote album lyrics in a linear fashion, in order, from song 1 to song 13. The result is thirteen singularly cohesive song chapters that blend effortlessly into one unique narrative to create a dynamic, mind-bending, and imaginative ride.
Cursive is the longtime trio of Kasher (vocals, guitar), Matt Maginn (bass), and Ted Stevens (guitar, vocals), with Patrick Newbery (keys) and Cully Symington (drums).
Cymbals Eat Guitars:
"Old-school indie purists could use a modern hero, and while it may be unfair to peg Cymbals Eat Guitars as '90s revivalists, their second album will speak to fans of Built to Spill's squall, Superchunk's chug, and Modest Mouse's string-bending strangeness." - SPIN
"(D’Agostino’s)... designs are musically shifty, producing songs that slacken and snap back, or swerve around unexpected corners." - New York Times
"... Cymbals has its own calibration of the beautiful and the grinding, one that leaves room for plenty of tunefulness amid the yowls. Over the past two years, the mix has vaulted the group to a rank among the city's most celebrated young bands."
- New York Daily News
"Joseph D'Agostino takes an enormous leap of faith by doubling down on his brick-thick verbiage during a lyrics-first record that puts more confidence in the listener's attention span than pretty much anything else I've heard this year." - Pitchfork
"Despite the fact that they’re really young, Staten Island indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars are already the masters of grandiose, guitar-driven rock. On their new LP, Lenses Alien, they push it a little further into a bigger, bolder direction." - Stereogum
"Joe D’Agostino brings a particular Millenial sensibility to the task of ’10s guitar rock. He takes the energy (and Adderall) that his peers have expended on LSATs and recession-proof resumes, and channels it into picking up right where (good late-’90s) Built to Spill left off." - KCRW
"What Cymbals Eat Guitars does best is to constantly toy with the highs and lows of song construction: soft, loud, acoustic, reverb, shout, cymbal or guitar." - Filter
"The sound recalls ’90s indie rock, and like Cymbals Eat Guitars’ debut, Why There Are Mountains, Lenses Alien bears traces of Modest Mouse, Superchunk, Cap’n Jazz, Slint, and others, but the songs exude a craftsmanship that simple re-appropriation couldn’t achieve" - AV Club
The music scribes and bloggers that have already caught on to the band Conduits have all enjoyed bandying about the word "shoegaze" like a ball of yarn when talking about the band.
It's an understandable and easy shorthand for a group that prefers darker, dreamier sounds carried to the apex by a female vocalist who sounds haunted and enraptured. And it's a descriptor that this Omaha-based sextet wouldn't necessarily mind as they do list Jason Spaceman (Spiritualized, Spacemen 3), Beth Gibbons (Portishead), and Slowdive among their varied musical inspirations.
Truth be told, though, shoegaze only scratches the surface of what's behind the music of Conduits. These aren't affected youth staring at their guitar pedals and hoping that the audience in front of them would just go away. This is music that pulses and crackles with energy and incident.
But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. Let's talk about how this all started.
The original Conduits demos were the creation of JJ Idt and Nate Mickish, two guitarists already busy in the Omaha music scene with their anxious pop and rock outfits. Working together, the pair found much more to express than just inner angst. They were aiming for soundscapes that embraced drones, psychedelia, and a fervent rhythmic punch. And the more they played the more they heard a female voice filling in the empty spaces in these songs.
Enter Jenna Morrison. Best known for her work as a member of indie rockers Son, Ambulance, Morrison brought that rare combination of attainability and remoteness (think: Gibbons, Hope Sandoval, Trish Keenan, Sandy Denny) to her vocal performances. It was the perfect element to help spark these already tempestuous creations into full-blown blazes.
The band - rounded out by bassist Mike Overfield, keyboardist Patrick Newbery, and drummer Roger Lewis - has taken off like a shot since those first demos. They've secured a number of amazing support slots in their hometown, sharing the stage with acts like The Hold Steady and The Appleseed Cast, as well as doing a short, well-received jaunt opening for Bright Eyes.
Now, Conduits is looking to take on the rest of the U.S. and beyond with the release of their debut self-titled album. The eight-song dreamscape flows with a cinematic ambition. Songs like "Top of the Hill" and "Limbs and Leaves" provide the soundtrack for slow motion dance scenes, while "Last Dirge" and "Misery Train" are all fast edits and racing hearts.
The point here is for you to stop starting at your own feet, and cast your eyes towards Conduits. Enjoy the spectacle. Get caught in the whirlwind of sound and ideas. Move with them.
Cost: $15 (ages 18+)
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