Early-emo, post-hardcore band Cursive will be at White Oak Music Hall on Sunday night, one of several Texas stops the Indie rock group is taking to showcase its first album in six years.
The group’s lead vocalist, Tim Kasher, made time for an interview as Cursive left El Paso for Lubbock. He noted despite the focus on their latest album, Vitriola, the nostalgia factor is alive and well with the older fans.
“When you’ve been doing something for 25 years, nostalgia is a part of it, but you also hope people are taking into consideration the relevance of what you’re currently doing,” he said. “It’s been a great tour as far as crowd reception for the new album.”
Cursive has existed long enough that Kasher notices, especially in smaller towns, the crowd can consist of older fans entirely, with a specific mission to scratch the itch for the good old days of angst and youthful melancholy. “And actually that’s pretty cool,” he said. “Doing a band for this long it can feel kind of funny that a lot of the crowd tends to be so much older. I feel like in general the average age is 33 instead of 23.”
This is hardly a surprise to Cursive fans, or anyone who has followed a specific band from the 90’s. Unless the group you love wrote an album or two before falling off the face of the Earth.
“I do wonder why so many bands come and go. Where do they go?” Kasher said. “Do they decide to stop writing, or do they decide to stop producing?” Kasher said that Cursive (himself included) continue producing music because they’re driven to it. “It’s a really good group of people,” he said. “We all really appreciate what we do.”
People don’t often actually enjoy what they do for a living, Kasher noted, describing the feeling as rare.
“I get noticeably depressed if I’m not getting stuff done, if I’m not accomplishing things,” he said. “If I slow down, I have a tendency to start thinking too much about why I’m here on earth. I have to keep working.”
It’s a bit ironic, given the emo-tinged lyrics that make up the band’s repertoire.
Cursive isn’t the first or only group whose lyrics talk about loneliness, depression, regret and every other human emotion you never asked for. But Kasher stressed that they all have a moral dilemma.
“I worry a lot about social responsibility, and whether what we’re doing is harming versus helping,” he said. “The hope is that if you’re writing something kind of heavy, people will find a catharsis in it, by relating to it.”
Don’t worry, the band’s feedback has been affirmative so far.
“We’ve had many people over the years come up after a show and say this record or that record actually helped get them through a certain time in their life,” he said. “That maybe they wouldn’t have otherwise survived.”
Cursive plays WOMH this Sunday.