Cursty is an indie-rock band that consists of five parts which consist of Austin Knecht, Crystal Napoles, Kai Dodson, Tamara Simons, and Jonathan Palmquist. The band was formed from an audition by Austin Knecht who was looking for a place in a country - folk band fronted by Crystal Napoles. Bonding over their love of 80s pop/90s shoegaze the two started writing together. Eventually Tamara, Jonathan and Kai would join the two bringing on a full sounding rhythm section. Cursty captures indie pop upbeat rhythms, haunting harmonies and a catchy hook.
The track “A Better Pet” has a fun music video to go with it so make sure to check it out. The listener is met with a an upbeat instrumental of guitar riffs and a leading bass accompanied by a cool drum beat. It is a blend of soft indie alternative rock and pop meeting an eclectic sound. Very nostalgic and has a very distinctive sound of vocals harmonizing both male and female voices leaving it with a more raw feeling. So much talent in one track it has hard to absorb it all. Each part is well delivered, and each one helps tie this into a great track! Definitely a song for your playlist!
We had the pleasure of talking to Curtsy! Check out the exclusive interview below!
Care to introduce yourselves to our readers?
Hi! I’m Kai (bass), Crystal (vocals/keys), Jonathan (drums), Austin (guitar/vocals), and Tamara (guitar). We are Curtsy.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We’ve all known each other for about five years, except for our drummer, Jonathan, whom we met in December of 2017 and fell in love with. Austin (vocals, guitar) and Crystal (vocals, keys) go the farthest back, having met when Austin auditioned as a lap steel player for Crystal’s country-folk band in 2012. We bonded over our mutual love of 80s pop and 90s shoegaze, and became friends, bandmates, and songwriting partners. The songs we wrote together started sounding more like rock and pop than country or folk. We began the project that evolved into the band we are today. Kai (bass) joined us along the way after attending a show in Ventura, CA. Austin met Tamara (guitar) in 2014 from being involved in the music scene in LA. She had heard of Curtsy through the local-band grapevine, so when Austin invited her to jam with the band, she fully accepted his invitation. Tamara met Jonathan in 2016 through class mates in college, all of whom seemed to be in different bands with him at the same time. When the band needed a new drummer in 2017, he was first on her list.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together a band?
Austin: We try to make the music more of a journey and less of a loop or a verse/chorus thing
Jonathan: I’ve put my own spin on the drum parts for our live shows, and enjoying adding my creative contributions into the songwriting process.
Tamara: It’s all about the process of just growing together as a band and seeing what limits we can reach.
Crystal: It was a bit more folky back then when we first started.
We absolutely love your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it and the writing process behind it?
Everyone: Thanks! It’s about the tendency toward self sabotage and the difficulty of being in a healthy relationship when all you’ve known is unhealthy relationships.
Where did the inspiration behind this song come from?
Really just started with a Emaj7 chord and how it is sort of sad and happy at the same time.
Do you prefer the digital or more traditional way (cd, lp etc) of getting your music to your fans, why?
Austin: Digital is great because of how easy it is for fans to connect. It’s all there at your fingertips in any corner of the world. We have listeners everywhere because of it.
Tamara: Digital is awesome! if I want someone to check out a song right now, they can because it’s true, it’s right at your fingertips. I love traditional way as well of course. Owning a fantastic record and being able to play it in its purest form is one of the great feelings in the world.
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
Yes! We have a few upcoming dates in October with Seattle based band, The Purrs. We’ll be playing Silverlake Lounge with them on 10/24 and City Pub in San Diego on 10/26 with them.
I would think a sound that incorporates lush indie pop with dreamy guitars over driving rhythms and haunting boy/girl harmonies wrapped around perfect pop hooks—a sound that creates something both familiar and unique.
What’s next for the band?
Making new music and touring!!! That’s definitely the next goal.
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