The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered]
Out 11/24/14 via Saddle Creek
Cursive is set to release an expanded, deluxe reissue of their 2003 breakthrough album The Ugly Organ on November 24, 2014 via Saddle Creek. 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 8 Teeth To Eat You split with Eastern Youth, their ‘Art Is Hard’ and ‘The Recluse’ singles, and the Saddle Creek 50 compilation.
The packaging for both The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] 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: http://saddle-creek.
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 the Omaha, NE-based band 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. 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.
Cursive is the longtime trio of Tim Kasher (vocals, guitar), Matt Maginn (bass), and Ted Stevens (guitar, vocals), with Patrick Newbery (keys) and Cully Symington (drums). Cursive has released seven full-length albums – including the heralded Cursive’s Domestica (2000), The Ugly Organ (2003), Happy Hollow (2006), Mama, I’m Swollen (2009), and I Am Gemini (2012) – two EPs, a disc of rarities, and numerous singles since the band’s 1995 inception.
The band is also known for their vital, magnetic live show, earning rave reviews from outlets including the Cleveland Scene’s C-Note music blog (“[Tim Kasher’s] effect on the crowd was chilling last night…Cursive was focused and on-spot, composed and gripping”), Nuvo Weekly (“…the five-piece slashed through a near-perfect set of songs from their last nine years of albums”), and the Orlando Sentinel’s Soundboard blog (“…the band still knows how to rock on stage…[Cursive] thrashed away with an abandon that heightened the passion of Kasher’s dense, emotionally charged wordplay.”). Thus, Cursive has also announced a new run of tour dates early next year. 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 The Ugly Organ-era songs.