Cursive Ties Up 'Loose Ends'
Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001."Nebraska-based indie rock outfit Cursive has rounded up 12 rare and unreleased tracks for "The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001." Due Aug. 23 via Saddle Creek, the set features all but one track with original guitarist Steve Pedersen, who was later replaced by Ted Stevens.
"Lost Songs" opens with the previously unreleased 1995 track "Dispenser" and includes tracks from such 7-inch singles as 1996's "The Disruption," 1997's "Zero Hour" and the following year's "The Icebreaker."
The set also includes "I Thought There'd Be More Than This," an unreleased cut from 1996 put to tape in Otho, Iowa, constituting the lone song here not recorded in Lincoln, Neb., with producers Mike and AJ Mogis.
The only song recorded by Cursive's present lineup (Stevens, guitarist/vocalist Tim Kasher, cellist Gretta Cohn, bassist Matt Maginn and drummer Clint Schnase) is 2001's "Nostalgia," released on a split single with Small Brown Bike.
Cursive reached a new level of visibility with 2003's "The Ugly Organ," which debuted at No. 9 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and has sold more than 114,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The band has been off the road since a stint on last summer's Cure-led Curiosa tour. "We needed a nice extended break in order to reinvigorate ourselves for writing new songs and to refocus on what we are doing musically and why," Maginn recently wrote on Cursive's Myspace.com page.
Stevens can be heard playing on fellow Saddle Creek act Mayday's upcoming album, "Bushido Karaoke," due June 21, and Cohn is a part of the band being utilized by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst on his in-progress North American tour.
Here is the track list for "Lost Songs and Loose Ends":
"Sucker & Dry"
"And the Bit Just Chokes Them"
"There's a Coldest Day in Every Year"
"Disruption in the Normal Swing of Things"
"Disruption in our Lines of Influence"
"I Thought There'd Be More Than This"