Currls are a band on the ascent, with an exciting 2019 ahead of them.
Despite only having one single to their name – the ear-pricking ‘April Fool’, which you can hear below – there’s a bubble of excitement about the band in Brighton due to their sonic synthesis of influences that span glam rock, post-punk and new wave.
With the soul-tinged garage-rockers raring to support Hey Charlie for our second Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store on Saturday 2nd March, we spoke to raspy singer Holly Blake to get the lowdown on all things Currls.
How would you describe Currls to a stranger?
“Garage rock with lots of seasoning.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“There are so many things that influence our sound and it honestly changes all the time. I (Holly Blake, vocals/guitar) was fascinated by Blondie at one point and remember listening to ‘Parallel Lines’ on repeat for weeks thinking I would love to write songs like that. T. Rex, Joy Division and ESG were also big influences. I’m forever intrigued by the different ways of writing a good song, there are just so many. I also listen to a lot of new wave and post-punk music and can spend hours watching old Top of the Pops videos and researching album artwork – most of that becomes inspiration fuel for me.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“We had the opportunity to play so many fun shows last year. One of our favourites was a sold-out Gaffa Tape Sandy show at The Prince Albert in Brighton – everyone was going mad that night, in the best way possible!”
You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?
“There’s so much support in Brighton. People actually care about live music and going out to see it. It’s such a shame that recently there’s been such a battle to keep venues open, as music means a lot to people here.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“We’ve been so busy at the moment, so I don’t think I could name three. I did see Queen Zee support Dream Wife in Brighton – everything about them blew me away.”
And finally, what does 2019 hold for Currls?
“A lot more gigs, a lot more hard work and much more music.”