Cursive Announces Additional 2015 Tour Dates

Cursive has announced additional dates of their winter 2015 tour that begins on February 10th in Denver, CO. The Omaha, NE-based band has added seven new shows in Albuquerque, NM; Orlando, FL; Asbury Park, NJ; Amityville, NY; Cleveland, OH; Ferndale, MI; and Minneapolis, MN. The tour will follow the November 24, 2014, release of an expanded, deluxe edition reissue of Cursive’s 2003 breakthrough album The Ugly Organ via Saddle Creek, and each night’s setlist will feature songs culled from across the band’s seven albums – including their most recent, 2012’s I Am Gemini – in addition to drawing heavily from The Ugly Organ. A cellist will also accompany the band throughout the tour to perform on all songs from that album’s era.

The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] will be available on 2xCD and 2xLP 180-gram vinyl, with eight additional tracks on the accompanying disc. These tracks – written during the same sessions as and originally intended for The Ugly Organ – were previously found across the band’s 2002 split with Eastern Youth 8 Teeth To Eat You, their ‘Art Is Hard’ and ‘The Recluse’ singles, and the Saddle Creek 50 compilation. The packaging for both the 2xCD and 2xLP includes a booklet with extensive liner notes comprised of rare photos, original artwork drafts, handwritten lyrics, a list of all tour dates from the era, and an introduction written by Kyle Ryan of The AV Club. A pre-order is now available via the Saddle Creek webstore, while a stream of “Am I Not Yours? [Remastered],” first released on 8 Teeth To Eat You, can now be heard and shared via SoundCloud.

From the maniacal opening notes and carnival barker howl that launch the album, The Ugly Organ wasted no time searing itself into a listener’s ears and quickly established Cursive as a musical force with which to be reckoned. The album arrived three years after the underground success of their 2000 LP Cursive’s Domestica, which introduced frontman Tim Kasher’s particularly confessional and conceptual songwriting style, and saw him delving even further into and refining that craft. A self-aware examination of artistic constraints (or lack thereof), relationships, sex, and the intersection of all three, The Ugly Organ wowed critics and audiences alike with its cerebral, cathartic blend of songs that are alternately hushed and restrained, riotous and dissonant. Fiercely intelligent and cohesive – the liner notes laid the songs out like a play, complete with stage directions – across its diverse sonic landscape, the album landed Cursive on the Sunday Arts & Leisure section cover of The New York Times (which also called it “a marvelous collection of riddles and left turns, conceived as a single piece of musical theater”) and earned accolades from Rolling Stone (“a brilliant leap forward”), Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Alternative Press (★★★★★), MAGNET (“The best punk record you’ll hear all year”), Esquire, and SPIN, among many others, as well as a place on numerous year-end best lists.

The Ugly Organ feels as vibrant and vital today as it did upon release more than 10 years ago. A landmark album, it not only catapulted Cursive from the simmering indie underground to the forefront of a genre, and was the second Saddle Creek album to break the 100,000 sold mark, but also served to inspire a host of young bands in its wake.

Cursive tour dates:
FEB. 10 DENVER, CO BLUEBIRD THEATER
FEB. 12 SALT LAKE CTY, UT URBAN LOUNGE
FEB. 13 BOISE, ID NEUROLUX
FEB. 14 SEATTLE, WA NEUMOS
FEB. 15 PORTLAND, OR DOUG FIR LOUNGE
FEB. 17 SAN FRANCISCO, CA GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
FEB. 20 LOS ANGELES, CA ECHOPLEX
FEB. 21 POMONA, CA GLASSHOUSE
FEB. 22 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH
FEB. 23 PHOENIX, AZ CRESCENT BALLROOM
FEB. 24 ALBUQUERQUE, NM SISTER
FEB. 25 EL PASO, TX TRICKY FALLS
FEB. 27 AUSTIN, TX THE MOHAWK
FEB. 28 DALLAS, TX TREES
MAR. 1 HOUSTON, TX FITZGERALD’S
MAR. 3 ORLANDO, FL THE SOCIAL
MAR. 4 ATLANTA, GA THE EARL
MAR. 5 CARRBORO, NC CAT’S CRADLE
MAR. 6 WASHINGTON, DC BLACK CAT
MAR. 7 PHILADELPHIA, PA UNION TRANSFER
MAR. 8 ASBURY PARK, NJ ASBURY LANES
MAR. 10 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM
MAR. 11 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM
MAR. 13 AMITYVILLE, NY REVOLUTION BAR & MUSIC HALL
MAR. 14 CAMBRIDGE, MA THE SINCLAIR
MAR. 16 CLEVELAND, OH THE GROG SHOP
MAR. 17 FERNDALE, MI LOVING TOUCH
MAR. 18 CHICAGO, IL LINCOLN HALL
MAR. 20 MINNEAPOLIS, MN TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB
MAR. 21 OMAHA, NE THE WAITING ROOM

Photo by Daniel Muller

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