Half way through 2019 and we have released our greatest number of albums in a single period... thank you again for all of your interest and support.
Since our last newsletter that featured the upcoming albums by Pete Mancini and Wooden Arms front man Alexander Carson, we have had three more full-format releases. The first release in late spring/early summer was Fauvely's gorgeous and soaring dream pop EP This is What the Living Do that "Echos and Dust" described as "Haunting and beautiful.... Fauvely’s voice is quite extraordinary and the instrumentation is filled with vast and lush layers". In late May, we released Little Church's new EP Its Not You that "Kaltbult" described as "Showcasing lead singer Chelsea Foss-Ralston’s soaring voice... wanders in and out of complex melodies". Finally, leading into summer we released the long awaited, and thoroughly irreverent new album by The Curls, Bounce House.
Our new videos are Reliant Tom's glaring and playful performance video for "Bad Orange" and Fauvely's haunting video for "What the Living Do".
For our interview section, Lily Wellen has a talking to from Jenny and Mick of The Curls
Catharsis through loss and grief, rising with Sophie's haunting and soaring vocals.
Seamlessly merges rock, soul, layered psychedelia, and melody into a unique form of art pop.
Blends elements of soul, funk, and rock into something truly unique and from left field.
The debut album by Wooden Arms frontman, Alex Carson. A downtempo and haunting examination of existence.
Pete's storyteller portrait of modern American life, with a diverse group of musical collaborators.
The new avant-pop, trip-hop album from the NY based audio, visual, and dance duo.
"Playful musicality... with buzzing guitars, glitchy electronics and a catchy chorus." - MXDWN
Filmed and Edited by Scott Simon
"Haunting and beautiful.... Fauvely’s voice is quite extraordinary and the instrumentation is filled with vast and lush layers." - Echos and Dust
Filmed & Directed by Emulsion Lab + Rachel Winslow
Jenny and Mick of The Curls
How do The Curls get together?
Jenny: We have a pretty active group chat but scheduling is still pretty tough and a constant struggle.
Mick: Jan isn't very nostalgic. I believe the question was how DID The Curls get together. I've told this story a thousand times and I'm happy to tell it again. See, we met at this old mom and pop starbucks joint. We all ordered the same extra-fat hot chocolate Nutella truffle oil bacon latte at the exact same time! We looked at each other and of course laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed. We were in that line just laughing for maybe an hour. They had to call the police and they dragged us out laughing our heads off, just like in the movies. Later that day, we found out we also happen to share a unified musical vision and liked the same tv shows. The rest is history.
You have a big ensemble. How did you decide you all were a good fit for each other?
Jenny: The group used to be much larger before we instilled a strict death penalty for missed rehearsals.
Mick: I don't know anything about this death penalty stuff, definitely not something I would ever advocate for. The big ensemble has always simply been the wisdom and blessing of A: becoming close, personal friends with many of the great Chicago musicians and deviously tricking them into joining our band and B: knowing that if you want to stand out in this business, you have to get as many people on stage as possible at all times.
How do you collaborate as a group? What role does everyone play in songwriting?
Jenny: To be honest and fair no one person can claim songwriting credit. We are all mere mortal mouthpieces delivering divine messages from Chaz, our ancient immortal guru. Have you met Chaz yet? Oh you gotta. He will change your life.
Mick: Once again, I really have no idea what Jan is talking about. I've never met anyone in my life named Chaz. I do know we are beginning to write our songs as a cosmic unit. We usually jam for days on end, then all of a sudden it's like we have a record's worth of potential hits. This upcoming record for example, available everywhere June 7 from Diversion Records.
How did your latest album come together? Was it different from previous albums?
Jenny: Bit by bit. No.
Mick: It was magic. It's very interesting actually. As opposed to our last record, this was recorded in two different sessions, one year apart, with two different rhythm sections. We collaborated a little more too, handing over lead vox on hit single "Isn't it Funny?" to our pal Sophagus.
What can we expect from this new album?
Jenny: Several earnest requests for sponsorship but also plenty of references to the Earnest movie series.
Mick: Certainly all of those things. I also like to think of this record as the past, present and future of The Curls. It's like a retrospective of what we've been for the last two years or so, but also a glimpse into what we may become a year from now.
What inspired the new album and what inspires you in general? How do you combine the influences you all have?
Jenny: The new album like all art was inspired by the futile desire to create an emotionally appealing sense of permanence.
Mick: That sounds cool. I'm always inspired to create things that no one likes now, but perhaps down the line eventually becomes eternally appreciated and relevant.
What was your music festival life like? How has it shaped your music career?
Jenny: Yeah not everyone is cut out for the glamorous music fest lyfe. But for us it’s nice to immerse ourselves amongst the youth so we may absorb their life force.
Mick: The youth are very important. We've played some hot ones the past few years. Pitchfork, SXSW, the Bay City, MI International Film Festival, the Taste of Michigan City. It's been great for us. The fanbase is growing, the media attention is ravenous. I always dreamed to play music on a festival stage someday. Growing up, I loved to go to Rib Fest in the Summer and catch legendary groups like Blue Oyster Cult, REO Speedwagon, and Kansas.
Where do you hope The Curls go?
Jenny: TO HELL. Interview over.
Mick: I think Jan is being very existential with that answer. Many find fame, having a large engaged fanbase and touring the world to be "hell." But, my mother says she really thinks we should play on the Tonight Show, so eventually I'm hoping we can achieve that and not destroy my mother's dream.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Okay
Interview by Lily Wellen
BIO: Lily Wellen is a freelance journalist and graduate of Marquette University's Diederich College of Communication. She currently writes for Chirp Radio, OnMilwaukee, Chicago Music Guide and Diversion Records.