Highlight of set: As lead singer Tim Kasher explained it, CURSIVE was going to, “play old shit and new shit and weird shit.” The older tracks really got the crowd excited, especially when the band played, “The Martyr,” off CURSIVE’s Domestica album which debuted in 2000. It didn’t matter if you were a girl still in love with Kasher, or a bearded guy that had several Lonestars, just about everyone belted out the chorus to that song. Right when they started to play, “The Martyr,” all the lights on the stage went dark except for a small yellow glimmer at the back which gave the concert a cool, eerie look that reminded me of times I saw CURSIVE ten years ago when they were practically playing in basements.
Favorite Moment: There’s nothing better than seeing musicians who really enjoy playing a particular song. Seeing Matt Maginn on bass, Cully Symington on drums and the rest rocking out during, “Big Bang,” made me smile and want to jump on stage. With heavy cymbal clashes, blasting trumpet and grungie guitars they acted like a metal band, their entire bodies swinging up and down to each note. Kasher later made a comment about getting too old, but their actions spoke differently.
FYI: Kasher could easily do stand-up comedy as long as his audience appreciates dry, sarcastic humor. At one point in the show he meandered through several topics included his appreciation for Austin’s music venues (used to get too drunk at Emo’s East apparently).
We had the opportunity to chat with Jenna Morrison of Conduits, who have been opening for CURSIVE on their tour. Conduits are an Omaha-based band who have been creating a ton of buzz lately.
How’s the tour progressing along? Really well! The crowd reaction has been really good, and we have been selling a ton of merch, which I guess for an opening band we are doing better than what is normally expected.
It seems like you guys are on the brink of blowing up! Well I don’t like to speculate but I guess that’s what people are saying!
What’s it been like playing with CURSIVE? Great! Watching their set every night does not get old and the crowds are really great, nothing but positive things to be said about them.
We caught their set at Larimer Lounge in Denver, that was a rowdy show! What have the crowds been like? Yeah, they get wild! Obviously for CURSIVE they are a little more rowdy than they are for us. But yeah, when cursive hits the stage, they definitely go a little nuts!
What’s the music scene in Omaha like? Obviously on the national scale, Omaha is known for singers and songwriters and what not, it’s a pretty thriving scene and there are a lot of really good bands that people may not know on a national level. I’m definitely proud to be a proud part of the music scene there.
What other cities are you hitting on tour? Dallas, Little Rock, Memphis, Lexington, Covington, St. Louis, Columbia, and then Lincoln to close out.
After you’re done touring, what are your immediate plans? Well, we already have quite a bit of material for the upcoming album, and we would like to start recording some of it as a soon as possible. We want to have the next album out within the next year. Besides that, we will just be touring to support Conduits but we are definitely ready to start recording the next album.