Frontman, Rick Grice, of local band, Speaking Cursive, recently sent me a link to the band’s first full-length, self-titled album. Although I had only heard a couple of the group’s previous tracks from 2012’s EP, What’s In A Name?, I could immediately tell that Grice and co. had been putting a lot of hard work into their new album.
Speaking Cursive is a bit hard to categorize into a specific genre, but Grice said, “Songdriven. I guess you could say it’s a bit like Thin Lizzy meets Shovels and Rope meets your favorite punk band? I try to let the songs write themselves … put myself in a place of inspiration and then pick the melodies out of the air.”
While you can’t hear the album just yet, on Tuesday, November 11, the band will release their new album to the public.
Unlike the first record, which was solely recorded by Grice, Speaking Cursive steers the band into much different waters. This change is largely due to the addition of local, well-skilled musicians Leroy Copeland, Jeremy Austin, and Eli Alexander Clark.
Not only did the new lineup help, but also the fact that Grice, who has been a producer for nearly a decade, worked tirelessly to polish the record to its fullest potential. “I’ve spent the last 10 years learning how to polish my productions to the nines, however, with this record, I pulled back on the reins a bit.” Grice said. “We did a lot of the tracks in one take and I tried to let the chips fall where they may for the most part. It’s still a clean recording, but it has some grit!”
Anyone looking to hear the album a bit early should check out Speaking Cursive’s CD-release party at Jack Rabbits this Saturday, November 8. The album will be available for free streaming one week leading up to the release on Bandcamp. There, you can pre-order the record and you’ll also get two bonus tracks and an instant download.
Check out the group’s single, “Rorshach Dress,” below.
For more info on Speaking Cursive, view the links below.