Los Angeles based rock band David and the Curse, has been hard at work with their soon-to-be-released album Epitaph for Love! The band captures the essence of the singer-songwriter style set to a backdrop of memorable melodies. Front man David Stücken caught up with me to talk about the bands’ style and what’s in store for 2017!
Amanda: Hi David! Thank you so much for taking your time to talk with me.
David: Hello, it’s my pleasure.
Q: Tell me about David and The Curse. How would you describe the band’s sound.
A: The sound of David and The Curse has been a sonic revolution. In the 10+ years I’ve been making music professionally I have crafted something with David and The Curse that I believe is unique. The sound blends my roots rock ‘n roll influences with a modern dancey twist with integral lyrical content. To me as a writer and composer the substance and honesty to the lyrics are the most important elements to the music and sound.
Q: How did the band form?
A: After leading different bands over the years I felt it was time to make a departure from the usual formula and put together a lineup of friends and some of the most respected musicians in LA.
Q: Your debut album Epitaph for Love is being released in 2017. Do you plan to promote the album with any kind of tour (local or otherwise)?
A: We are definitely going to be hitting the road as well as playing meaningful local shows. In fact, we are playing on Friday, November 18th, at El Cid in Los Angeles, with more dates in the works.
Q: David and The Curse is an excellent rock band to come out of Los Angeles, if I do say so. In listening to Epitaph for Love I could hear that you’ve preserved a singer-songwriter style set to infectious chord progressions. The track “Figueroa Street” is very well crafted. Once again, I think the chord progressions drive that song home. There’s a sense of longing desperation in this track mixed with a teaspoon of U2. Tell me about your songwriting process.
A: Thank you. I appreciate the tall words. As a songwriter it’s very hard for me to force a song. Sometimes, the writing is either something that stews inside of me for months and other times I will write a song while sitting in LA traffic singing it into my voice recorder on my phone and then add music later. Then, everything gets refined. To put my writing into one word I would say it would have to be “refinement.”
Q: The band’s sound puts me in mind of a little bit Gavin DeGraw, a little bit Wallflowers, and a little bit Counting Crows. I like your songwriting style. If you had to compare yourself to another artist, who would you say and why?
A: I believe it’s hard to compare myself to anybody in particular but my favorite writers are Tom Petty, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Mike Ness, and The Ramones.
Q: The album’s opening track “She Loves The Night” immediately had me drawn into the sound. How did you select that song to be the lead single?
A: That song was selected as the single because of the strong sonic quality you speak of. It hits hard and grabs the listener so we felt that it was a perfect debut and introduction to David and The Curse.
Q: In what ways will this record change when performed live?
A: Live shows are spontaneous. Sometimes we will break into parts that are not on the record and sometimes we will throw a cover or two in, but for the most part we try our best to capture the sound of the recordings live as best as we can.
Q: What does the band have planned for 2016 and 2017?
A: We plan on releasing a video for “She Loves The Night” that was directed by our manager Craig Walker, and we plan on making a couple more videos and just continue to create content. I’m already in the process of writing the follow up to An Epitaph For Love. We want to play as many meaningful shows as possible. It would be an amazing opportunity to tour with a larger band to perform in front of audiences that would not otherwise have the chance to see us.
Q: Would you like to add anything else?
A: No, just thank you for the interview and hope to see everybody in 2017!
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Writer: Amanda Knight