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Creative Pride Swells On Cursive's "Swollen"

Of the Oakland Press

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There’s one person in Tim Kasher’s life who’s not a big fan of his band Cursive’s new album, “Mama, I’m Swollen.” Or at least of what it’s called.

“My mom really hates the title,” as well as another song, “Mama, I’m Satan,” that’s on the album,” the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and guitarist says with a laugh. “It never really crossed my mind that it would be something she’d take offense to. It’s just so universal; it means so much more than your own mom, especially in rock ‘n’ roll.

“She ended up liking the record, so I think that helps a little.”

“Mama, I’m Swollen” is Cursive’s fourth album since 2000, but Kasher — who also operates a softer rocking side project called Good Life — says he still finds the record-making process “kind of terrifying” despite his experience.

“I feel that way about every record,” explains Kasher, 34. “You really don’t know what it’s going to do or how people are going to receive it. That’s scary, ‘cause ... you put a lot into these, and you want people to like it.

“(‘Mama...’) hasn’t been out too long, so it’s hard to tell what the longevity will be. But (the reaction) has been great so far, at least, so I’m optimistic.”

Cursive, Man Man and Andrew Wright perform Wednesday (May 6)at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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