Curve to start off the week. In session for John Peel, their first on March 10, 1991.
An electronica/shoe-gaze/Dream-Pop/alternative duo consisting of Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia. After several false starts, as a band and solo artists, Curve came into being in 1990. Their first few eps, released in 1991 were critical successes, prompting the duo to forge ahead and work on a debut album.
This session, from early 1991 marks their first for John Peel, and comes at a time when they are establishing themselves with their audience and securing rave notices on their material thus far.
They represented an interesting mashup of genres; weaving electronica with Dream Pop and Shoegaze, and arrived on the scene at just the right time. In addition, their collaboration with producer Alan Moulder, who was gaining a solid reputation at the time, working with the emerging Indie and Brit Pop movement, was an added dimension for them. Moulder was an essential ingredient in their successful sound, and it served the band well for all their five studio albums and mostly likely contributed greatly to their influence with up-and-coming bands in the later 90s.
They went on to achieve an international following and one of the highlights of their career was performing at the 1992 Glastonbury festival which became a standout appearance and further established them as a band to watch.
But sadly, success was fleeting – a second album didn’t repeat the success of the first. An intense touring schedule took its toll and by 1994, Halliday and Garcia decided to call it quits.
It only lasted two years before Curve was back together and recording. The resurgence didn’t last long, and Curve officially broke up in 2005.
If you’re just becoming familiar with Curve, this session represents their early, formative days with a lot of energy, and it makes for exciting listening.
if you are familiar, I don’t need to remind you.
just crank it up and enjoy it.