Biography: Chicago art-rockers The Curls don’t subscribe to any one notion of what their music should sound like. They have developed an innate ability to craft engaging, eclectic songs while maintaining true to their absurdist and experimental instincts.
The group has rapidly evolved and expanded since it’s two-piece inception in 2014. The current core lineup consists of husband/wife combo Mick Fansler and Jenny Marshall, Anna Holmquist, Carl Swoveland, Rami Atassi and Michael Macdonald. The band’s live performances now often incorporate a larger ensemble of 9 to 11 people with choreographed dance, reminiscent of a Stop Making Sense fever dream.
The group’s 2017 record, Super Unit, deftly wove post-punk, psych-pop, jazz, lounge and doo-wop into one delirious spree. The Curls recently announced they are working on a follow-up record to be released late 2018.
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