"Whenever I see a band shortly after an album comes out, I hope it's too soon for them to play new songs live," a friend yelled to me as Cursive tore into the opening hooks of "This House Alive," the first track from its seventh album, I Am Gemini, which was released last week.
My friend isn't the only one who expressed those sentiments. At the Zia Records in-store performance before the show, frontman Tim Kasher said the new songs are hard to play in an acoustic setting. A fan all too eagerly suggested that the group play old songs, so they did, going through their catalog "chronologically" from Domestica to I Am Gemini. Kasher claimed the band was going to exclusively play songs for Zia in an attempt to persuade fans to go to the Crescent show, but "Retreat!" and "The Cat and the Mouse" ended up finding their way onto the full set.