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MUSIC | Vol. 11, No. 44, November 26, 2009
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Third Time's The Charm

by Hana Frenette

Cursive, the folk band from Omaha, Nebraska, not to be confused with the style of handwriting reserved for the elderly and the occasional third grade teacher, is coming to Pensacola. Although they've played two shows here beforefirst at the Handlebar in the late 90's and the second at Sluggo's last spring they've decided to come back to Sluggo's for more on Dec. 4.
Matt Maginn, bassist for Cursive, took the time to tell the IN why they are returning and what they have been up to since their last visit.

IN: You have come to Pensacola before, is there any special reason you are coming back?
Maginn: We have always tried to work Pensacola into our routing for years and last spring was the first time it worked in a long time. I think before last spring we had not played Pensacola since the late 90's at the Handle Bar. The opportunity presented itself again this time, so we jumped on it.   

IN: What was the show like the first time you came to Pensacola?
Maginn: It was funny. It was three touring bands (Compound Red, The Regrets and Cursive) and we played at the Handle Bar which was down the street from the old Sluggos. I think there were 20 people there. The Mephiskapheles show was at Sluggo's that night and way better attended than our show!

IN: Are you expecting a similar turn out?

Maginn: I hope we have more than 20, yes. 30 would be sweet. Actually last show was sold out but we also had the help of the awesome Man Man. Not sure what attendance will be but we will be playing a longer set then last time.  

IN: We've heard that you were selected by the Cure to go on tour with them. What was that like? Was it intimidating at all to tour with such an influential band?
Maginn: It was very intimidating. It was a huge honor. They were an extremely gracious band. All very nice and welcoming. My favorite memory is when our druMaginner Clint was getting his photo taken with Robert Smith and Robert leaned over to him and whispered "look depressed" in his ear right before the photo was taken.

IN: If you could collaborate with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Maginn: Tom Waits.

IN: If you guys were not in a band, what do you think you would be doing instead?
Maginn: Probably Carneys.

IN: Is there anywhere you haven't played that you would like to in the future?
Maginn: Thailand

IN: The band has broken up and gone on a hiatus or two, do you think you might be the male band version of the infamous Destiny's Child? Have any of these break ups/breaks ended in a catfight or knockout?
Maginn (laughing): Ha. They have all been very peaceful. Just trying to keep our heads clear creatively really.

IN: Do you feel pretty comfortable with where the band is now and where it is going?
Maginn: Yes, we are happy. We like this level we are at a lot.  It's at a point where you can feel like you are reaching people but at the same not well enough that there is still a lot of struggle. That keeps us working hard.

IN: Where is the band going? Any big plans for the next year?
Maginn: We are doing this tour and then maybe a couple of tours next year where we are either support or co-headlining. Other than that we are gonna see about some new cursive songs and Tim is working on a new project as well that will be recorded in the winter.

IN: Has the album of B-sides already been released or is that scheduled to come out soon?
Maginn: Most have been released individually. We have one left. There's a chance we will release some other demo versions of b-sides that we still like.

IN: I also heard that you recently had your television debut on the David Letterman show. What was that like?
Maginn: That was surreal. We were nervous as hell. Our plane was delayed in Chicago, so we showed up super late and were afraid we would get bumped off the show. The best part of the whole deal was that Will Ferrell was the guest and he is one of the few actors I would ever care about meeting. He is funny as hell and seems to be a real nice dude. No BS.

What:  Cursive with Capgun Coup
WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
WHERE: Sluggo's, 2403 W. Cervantes St.
COST: $14 , on sale now at