BRAT CURSE DELIVER HOOKY, MEMORABLE ROCK
By Tim Anderl
Columbus, Ohio indie rock trio Brat Curse came together by chance. They stay together by sharing their significant (and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek) interests: drinking, “Terminator 2,” Tecmo Bowl, swimming pools, smoking bowls, popping ollies and mollies … and making memorable rock music. Their latest, self-titled record is a fuzzy, melodic, poppy album that shows off their propensity for creating noisy rock music that straddles the borders of punk, indie and rock ‘n’ roll in familiar and fantastic ways.
Dayton City Paper recently caught up with guitarist/vocalist Brian Baker, also of Astro Fang and Smug Brothers, to discuss the hooky record, which shows the band has as much in common with Baker’s self-admitted vocal hero Lou Reed as they do Superchunk, Pavement and The Pixies.
What are the major differences between being in a band in Dayton, and being in a band in a larger city like Columbus? Has the change in scenery worked to your advantage artistically?
There are many more places to play in Columbus. There are also a lot more bands, and just a bigger audience. Dayton is always really fun to play. I enjoyed it last time when people were slinging beers everywhere. The change in scenery has definitely had an impact on all of us. Columbus is a pretty creative environment, which makes it easier to write and be productive. – Brian Baker
When did you begin writing the material for Brat Curse?
Most of the songs were written in early 2013. Some of them were older demos of mine that were written in 2012. – BB
Are there some predominant influences present in your singing?
Lou Reed has always been my biggest influence when it comes to singing. It is because of him I can’t sing for shit. – BB
Read the rest of this interview here:
I smell a Brat | Dayton City Paper
Brat Curse will perform on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Blind Bob’s, 430 E. Fifth St. Cover is $5 for patrons 21 and up. Doors at 9 p.m. For more information, please visit bratcurse.bandcamp.com.
Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Anderl at TimAnderl@DaytonCityPaper.com.