Feature interview: Cursive

Category: Blog — @ 1:27 pm November 2, 2005

First, an apology for screwing up the location of yesterday’s Cracker show — I said Sokol when it was in Lincoln at Knickerbocker’s. I figured it out after I got back to work and wasn’t able to fix it until I got home. Hope no one got misdirected by my miscue. Speaking of Lincoln, tonight is the real “final show” for The Street Urchins at Duffy’s. Brimstone Howl will also play. $5, 10 p.m., if you’re in the Capitol City you won’t want to miss it.

This week’s feature is an interview with Matt Maginn from Cursive (read it here), where Matt talks about the band coming out of its hiatus, the sold-out $2 Sokol Underground shows, the “fake name” tour, their return to Junior’s Motel this winter, their new CD and how they’ll keep it together once they return to the road. It will appear in The Reader as my weekly Lazy-i column because I needed more than 400 words (the typical word-count limit) to tell it. Even with twice the real estate I didn’t have room in the article for everything Matt and I talked about. Among the stuff that got left out: Has marriage gotten in the way of being in the band? Apparently not. Maginn said he and his wife have been together the entire time he’s been in the band. “Obviously I don’t like to be away from her, but the situation’s the same for other members of the band. If anything, I’ll talk myself into going on longer tours, figuring if we’re going to go out, we might as well hit all the cities. Clint (Schnase) is married now, too. No one wants to live on the road.”

Will the “back-to-basics” approach be heard on the new CD as well? No again. “We may be returning to the oldies in our style and mind, but not in our music. We’re going to approach each song differently,” he said. Asked about whether it will be a collection of songs or a concept album, Maginn hmmed and hawed and deferred to Kasher. He knew, he just wasn’t gonna tell me.

Finally, the $2 shows were originally going to be free, but logistics made it impossible to not charge something. “Originally, since it marks 10 years that the band existed, we wanted to do something for free,” he said. “But it was explained to us why that wouldn’t work. If it was free, people might take more and more tickets and we’d have no idea if they used them or not. Also, we wanted the shows presold.” If you’re heartbroken that you can’t get a ticket, don’t sweat it, Maginn said there will be other Omaha shows. “That’s a guarantee, and they’ll be sooner rather than later.”

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