Curse The Fall Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CTF: We are an American metal ensemble from Oklahoma City. Our name is derived from the circumstances under which we formed. Our previous band had disintegrated after gaining some momentum, our personal lives were in the collective toilet and we seemed to be cursed. Since it was October, we felt Curse the Fall was an apt moniker. Also, this was the era of the double cheeseburger and our inevitable decline into our own horizontal expansion of self thereby making us a pretty heavy act…literally.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CTF: Once there were four turds that got together and said, “Let’s not suck.” Whether or not that objective has been realized is, of course, subjective. In all seriousness though, we formed in Oct of 2013 from the ashes of a previous incarnation of the band. We had just returned from playing at the Whiskey-a-go-go in LA when the final original member of said previous incarnation decided to bolt. We opted to change the name and move on in a slightly heavier direction. Since then we’ve played multiple shows with national acts including, Flaw, Gemini Syndrome, Drowning Pool, Terror Universal, Once Human, Dope and HEP PE. Our first album came out in April 2015 and is called Aphelion. Our newest offering, an EP entitled Symbiosis, just came out on 11-21-17.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CTF: We draw influences from Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, Sevendust, Lamb of God, Alice in Chains and our bassist’s hail-damaged looking distended man tits. I (Brian) am seriously into pop music including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Shakira (not joking), and our bassist is influenced by country fried steak dinners with all the fixins.
PD:What are your dreams and goals?
CTF: Our dreams are to be thin and beautiful; a dream which shall evade us throughout our time and toil on this miserable, noxious shitball called Earth. Also, we’d like to build CTF as big as we can make it. My personal goal is to grow the band a little each day whether it’s through interviews, promoting on social media or putting out content. We are currently setting up a tour for late spring that will take us to the West Coast.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CTF: I (Brian) conjure the riffs and arrange the songs whilst eating pie in the middle of a pentagram made with Comet Bleach Cleaner. After that, I use the power of my mind to program the drums and record the demo astrally from the other room. The conclusion of this process is another incantation that involves magic plus quantum entanglement to upload the song into the psyches of my band mates, who in turn use the same process of esotericism to send back additional ideas including arrangements, melodies and drum parts.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CTF: We usually dress Nick up in a fuck-costume that looks like a big walking slice of pizza and have him dance a Scottish jig around Main St. holding a sign that has our logo. This method has proven to be highly efficient as evidenced by our show attendances and perpetually increasing guarantees. We also utilize the standard methods of posting flyers on social media outlets and via word of mouth.
PD:What do you think about downloading music online?
CTF: We love the availability of music on the internet as fans and as musicians. It doesn’t actually pay enough to get merch printed and on the table as much as selling opium-based suppositories, but it helps to grow the base quicker than the method previously mentioned concerning the promotion of shows.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
CTF: It’s a tough place for sure. Everyone that plays four bar chords on a Squire is in a touring band, thinks they’re Guns N’ Roses, and putting out albums, so making a name for a band has become increasingly difficult.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CTF: The song that I wish I’d written is “The End” from the Doors. That song contains one of the most hauntingly mesmerizing melodies / riffs I’ve ever heard and it affects me in ways the English language cannot describe.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CTF: Bands who play two shows and think they are Metallica and are entitled to be dicks to everyone within arm’s reach. National bands who treat locals like the lowest of low in the city-sewer scumswamp. Don’t get me wrong, not all are like that. Some of them are very cool and so are their crews.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CTF: Probably opening for Sick Puppies in front of a nearly sold-out house at The Diamond Ballroom in July 2013 when we were still Lock Seventeen. That or being fortunate enough to play the Whiskey on the same stage that Jim Morrison frequented on a Friday.
PD:Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
CTF: Our next show will probably be in DFW in Jan. I recommend our shows because we bring the maximum smashism and we have a blast playing live. I think it shows too from our interactions onstage.
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