This band was founded by the multi-media artist Justin Curfman along with the very talented multi-instrumentalist Todd Caras and Danny Hunt on drums. They hail from Atlanta and got their start a few years ago and had their first release in 2007 with Wound In Wall. This album was introduced to an international group of followers that were lucky enough to pick it up and hear their vintage goth sound. Just a year later in 2008 they released their sophomore album Baby Teeth which seems like it has been available to a little wider audience, at least we finally heard of this band and eagerly snatched up the album for the Gothic Paradise radio waves. The band remained hard at work and despite a relocation from the US to Germany, they managed to put together their third studio album Detach Me From My Head.
The music from this band hearkens back to the early glory days of when gothic music was first become known as such, with innovators like The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. But now in the new millenium, the scene is saturated with mediocre knock-offs and so-called innovators that are only jumping on the bandwagon of the re-invention of the pop-culture adopting the post-punk music of the 80's. But this band is a true innovator, hearkening back to the true sound of these legendary bands, yet providing something new and true to the genre and scene. We're excited to present this band here as a new classic on the pages of Gothic Paradise and hope for many more albums to come.
Detach Me From My Head - Review
After just two years since their previous album and with a major relocation in the middle of it all, we have the latest work from this post-punk band. For those impressed with the band's excellent classic sound, this album is packed with this great style across eleven tracks.
The solid, dark, brooding style kicks off right from the start with the title track "Detach Me From My Head". This feeling of brooding is portrayed well with the classic guitar mixed with a heavy, moving bass and solid percussion. Justin's vocals are just slightly distorted with some reverb and it adds a sort of distant, dreamy quality to the sound. While these elements remain present across so many pieces, the overall mood and style varies quite a bit on this album as portrayed by "I Am A Brutal Little Boy" which has that sort of bouncy, "ska" feeling to it with the guitar and bouncy beat, a lot of classic 80's elements come out on this piece. Doing a full 180 on "My Imagined House", the tempo and mood goes through the floor, these abrupt changes while listening to the album all at once provide a definite emotional roller coaster. With some other bands I would feel lost, but with Feeding Fingers it just adds to the theatrical quality of it all. As the album moves along it shifts again through "Asleep on Softened Fists" to a more upbeat piece and then back down again on "Vestigial Life". The latter track has become a favorite along the softer ethereal side with the plucking acoustic guitar softly moving over the dark bass and slow, heaviness of the percussion and angst-ridden vocals.
At this point "One Year" becomes a sort of dark, yet beautiful interlude with somber piano reverberating throughout the piece and fading into "This World Starves for Lonely Girls". Just the titles of the tracks on this album are enough to keep me interested, there is so much character here in these pieces, in the vocals, the lyrics and the music. The dreary moods of this track are soon eclipsed by a definite favorite on this album, "I Promise to Build You a Machine". Maybe it's the minimalist style on this piece, or the faster-paced, somber, yet dance-friendly beat that makes it such a gem. Justin's vocals are clear and a bit more melodic, mixing well with these minimalistic elements and really help to portray the lyrics well as "goodbye every one" cuts through the air, accenting the typical somber moods of this musical style. After this piece "All of my Prisons" and "Unfinished Stories" don't quite measure up, but in their own light they are still unique and enjoyable. This brings us to the finale and another favorite in self-loathing "The Stupid Things We Did". Again we're graced with a simple bassline, bass and snare beat along with a few subtle extras just moving the music along. This is a somewhat mesmerizing mid-tempo piece, again accented by the creative lyrics "I am not smart, I am not handsome enough..." Any true fan of The Cure, The Smiths or Morrissey will love and relate to this album and this track in particular.
Baby Teeth - Review
This is the band's second album in which they dig deeper into the somber melancholy style reminiscent of early music from The Cure and similar bands. This album features nine of these excellent pieces that will have fans of these classic goth bands swooning.
This album is full of great material. As a die-hard fan of the early music from The Cure up through the release of Wish, when I heard the music from this album, I was immediately sold. I don't consider this band to be a carbon copy of these great bands from the past, but with this style of music they're able to build on a solid foundation that seems to be lacking with the onslaught of pop music and it's various incarnations today. The album starts off with "Neverlight" which has all of the great elements of this type of music, piano, a solid bass and percussion and vocals that are out of the norm, but full of emotional feeling. This piece is moving and dance friendly as with other pieces that could most likely be enjoyed at the club mixed with a classic or two. The title track is also along these lines with a dance friendly beat, a little more guitar and all the intensity in the vocals and music that we can hope for. Later in the album we're treated with something that in my mind is a great dedication to The Cure and their solid style, as the percussion kicks in I felt like I was taken right back to a track from Faith or even Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and the lyrics to "Like Cockatoos" would start, but to the band's credit they take it from there and turn it into their own unique piece and something new for fans to really enjoy.
Just a little more than half of the album is full of this faster-paced music, but the other half is full of some great somber, soft pieces that should be just as enjoyable to these fans of the past great music. Immediately following the opening track, we're presented with the first of these with "She Hides Disease". While still including some great percussion, it's slow and brooding, beautiful and haunting with piano and bass providing the backdrop for the melancholy vocals. "Is Heaven All That You Hear" is the next piece that again presents us with a beat, even at a mid-tempo pace, but the music and beat is subtle and not overbearing, so it provides a nice dreamy background for the equally haunting vocals. Dark ambience kicks in on "This Isn't Enough" which pretty much completely breaks the mold from the other pieces for some nice variety and another dark, dreamy, emotional track. And finally, to end the album, we're brought to "Your Name in a Stolen Book" that takes on a style much like the classic track "Faith", the strumming guitar, somber beat and slow, background electronics move the quiet, lost and forlorn vocals.
With that we wrap up the album and we have a new masterpiece that after listening to it for a dozen times has grown more on me rather than the other way around. That is usually a good indication of how well the album will stand the test of time. For now we highly recommend it to all fans of that great classic gothic sound.
Label: Stick Figure Records