Getting To Know: The Curve
April 24th, 2013 by admin
SunFest is just days away! In between shopping for fringe tank tops and training for the SunFest TGI5K, I’ve had the chance to chat with three rising acts: The Curve, the Jonnie Morgan Band, and the Living Daylights.
First allow me to introduce you to The Curve, a rock and roll band from our own West Palm Beach. Mike Sanchez (vocals), Biaggio Cangiano (lead guitar), Chris Cartrett (bass), Gary Morrocco (drums) and Daniel Dillion (guitar) came together in 2000 and have released 11 recordings together, an impressive feat for any group.
The local rock and roll band spoke to me about their impressive discography, getting pranked by “American Idol’s” Chris Daughtry, and what they love most about West Palm Beach.
How did the five of you come together to form The Curve?
We have all played in different bands in West Palm Beach over the years such as: Surreal, Manic, Doorway 27, Deasis, Fire Zuave, Trip Radio, and One.
The Curve formed in 2000 when Biaggio and Gary, who were in Surreal, replaced their current singer with Mike, who at the time was the singer of Manic. From there it began.
What can fans expect to see and hear from you at SunFest?
We are a true concert rock band with influences from some of the greatest rock bands to walk the face of the earth, such as Led Zeppelin, U2, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Radiohead. You can expect high energy, an engaging frontman and powerful guitars echoing off the buildings. [There will also be] singalongs and other forms of audience participation.
There may be a surprise or two in there as well!
You have released 11 recordings, the most recent being “Grove and Third” in 2012. Do you strive to make recording a priority? Will you be playing a variety of your music from the years, or will you focus on your more recent releases?
We will be performing songs from most of our releases, including the first song ever written by The Curve entitled “Still.”
Also included in the set is one of our newest tunes which was co-written with Chris Daughtry. Recording is more of a priority to us than most bands as it has become an integral part of our writing process. Our rehearsal studio is a commercial recording studio called Digital Tattoo Recording Studios.
The benefit of this situation is that every note we play gets recorded to ProTools in a multi-track format for later analyzing and isolation. We never miss a magical moment and we take the best of the best of these moments which later become the beginnings of new songs. Since the studio is owned by a member of the band there is no cost to record which enables us to spend as much time as needed to write, record, produce and perfect each song.
Three of our band members own recording studios which allows for [them] to work on their own time as well, and this makes the process that much more efficient.
What do you love most about West Palm Beach?
People pay money to vacation here. We live here! West Palm Beach has a city feel while maintaining the charm of a small town. It’s also home to Sunfest!
You’ve toured with and opened for some fantastic acts, including Chris Daughtry, Of Montreal, The Black Crows and Switchfoot. Is there a memorable artist encounter you’d like to share?
On Mike’s last show of the “Break the Spell” tour with Daughtry, [the crew] played a practical joke on Mike. Mike opened every show of the tour, just him and an acoustic guitar. During his last show, Daughtry had the tech crew project on the screen a message directing everyone in the audience not to clap or make a sound when Mike walked out, during, and after his first song.
Can you imagine walking in front of thousands of people and no one makes a sound? Not even a single clap or cheer after the song ends? Mike said you could hear a pin drop! Classic.
We are currently plotting payback for Daughtry!
What can we expect from The Curve in the rest of 2013?
As soon as SunFest is over, we will begin compiling, writing songs and recording the new album. The planned release is late 2013. It will coincide with the announcement of a new tour and the release of a full length documentary on the band with clips from SunFest. Look for the camera crew during our show and at the merch booth after our set. Scream loud enough and you may make it on our documentary!
Last question, when are you happiest?
Playing a great set, connecting with the crowd and meeting great people after the show.
We love our fans and have become good friends with many of them because they are the life blood of what we do.
Check back Thursday to read our interview with the Jonnie Morgan Band!