Tim Kasher vents in the age of Trump on new album ‘Vitriola’

The brand-new album from Cursive, Vitriola, is the band’s first since 2012’s I Am Gemini, and it’s also the first Cursive record to feature a cellist since 2003 emo-rock classic The Ugly Organ. Plus, Vitriola reunites bandleader Tim Kasher, guitarist/vocalist Ted Stevens and bassist Matt Maginn with founding drummer Clint Schnase.

Omaha co-producer Mike Mogis is also back in the fold, but Vitriola is anything but a rehash or a nostalgia trip. Where early records were bloodlettings in the wake of divorce and periods of self-loathing, Vitriola is a caustic dose of Kasher’s venting in the age of Trump, which is maybe even more nihilistic than you might expect. 

“So this is it/The world just fell to shit/And we’re left holding the bag/What do we do/With refuse we refuse/That no one’s taking credit for,” Kasher sings on “Pick up the Pieces,” then grimly concludes: “This civil war ain’t civil anymore/They thrive when we’re divided hordes.”

The album comes off less like a complaint and more like a simmering pot of rage that finally boiled over regardless of its useless lid. Sometimes people just want something to scream along to, and Vitriola is that. At least for one half of the divided hordes. (Safe bet)