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Cursive ‎– Vitriola - New LP Record 2018 USA 15 Passenger Indie Exclusive Black & Gold Marbled Vinyl & Download - Indie Rock / Emo / Post-Hardcore

Cursive ‎– Vitriola - New LP Record 2018 USA 15 Passenger Indie Exclusive Black & Gold Marbled Vinyl & Download - Indie Rock / Emo / Post-Hardcore

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Cursive – Vitriola

Label: 15 Passenger – 15P-004
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive
Country: US
Genre: Rock
Style: Emo, Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore


1 Free To Be Or Not To Be You And Me 3:27
2 Pick Up The Pieces 3:25
3 It’s Gonna Hurt 5:31
4 Under The Rainbow 3:19
5 Remorse 3:24
6 Ouroboros 6:00
7 Everending 4:12
8 Ghost Writer 3:07
9 Life Savings 4:40
10 Noble Soldier / Dystopian Lament 7:28


Indie Exclusive Variant - black/gold translucent - Limited to 1,000

Album releases October 5, 2018

For the first time since Happy Hollow, the album reunites Kasher, guitarist/singer Ted Stevens and bassist Matt Maginn with founding drummer Clint Schnase, as well as co-producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Jenny Lewis) at ARC Studios in Omaha. They’re joined by Patrick Newbery on keys (who’s been a full-time member for years) and touring mainstay Megan Siebe on cello. Schnase and Maginn are in rare form, picking up right where they left off with a rhythmic lockstep of viscera-vibrating bass and toms, providing a foundation for Kasher and Stevens’ intertwining guitars and Newbery and Siebe’s cinematic flourishes. 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.

There’s a palpable unease that wells beneath Vitriola’s simmering requiems and fist-shakers. Fiery opener “Free To Be or Not To Be You and Me” reflects the album’s core: a search for meaning that keeps coming up empty, and finding the will to keep going despite the fear of a dark future. The album directs frustration and anger at not only modern society and the universe at large, but also inward towards ourselves. On “Under the Rainbow,” disquiet boils into rage that indicts the complacency of the privileged classes; “Ghost Writer” has a catchy pulse that belies Kasher chastising himself for writing about writing; and “Noble Soldier/Dystopian Lament” is a haunting look at potential societal collapse that provides little in the way of hope but balances beauty and horror on the head of a pin.

Vitriola raises a stark question: is this it? Is everything simply broken, leaving us hopeless and nihilistic? Maybe not. There can be reassurance in commiseration, and the album is deeply relatable: Cursive may not be offering the answers, but there is hope in knowing you're not alone in the chaos.

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