The Curls have made a name for themselves, thanks to their fun, nostalgic sound whose genre fluidity necessitates a string of hyphenated descriptors — and where art-funk-jazz-psycho-punk-pop-rock doesn’t even cover all the bases. Nothing captures this odd and wild amalganation as their latest offering “Lemon Lime.”
The Curls hail from Chicago but seem to mentally reside in outer space or perhaps the lush palm tree lined hills of Hollyweird. An all-star cast of accomplished Chicago musicians led by songwriter Mick Fansler, the group blends genres like these health nuts blend their smoothies. As such, their music has been labeled Psych Pop, Art Rock, Nu-Angular Guitar and even Hardcore Experimental Power Adult Contemporary.
An impressive and widely praised performance at Pitchfork Music Festival in 2018 has led to a growing and unstable fanbase. The Curls have shared stages with popular music greats like Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Maps and Atlases, Post Animal and Texas Fred. The group’s 2017 record SUPER UNIT received approval from legendary guitar rocker Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Talking Heads). Belew raved typing in all caps via Facebook Messenger, “I LIKE IT!”
The Curls’ forthcoming album Bounce House will be out June 7th on Diversion Records. Pre-order here