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"Boomerang & Roll"

After a nearly five-year hiatus, Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia have reformed
their partnership in CURVE. Chris Nickson gets 'round the rebound.

There are some things that shouldn't go away. Like Curve, for example. When they called a halt in 1994, it just seemed too soon. There was still too much music for Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia to make.

Fortunately, the duo realised that too, and teamed up again two years later. The result of that reunion, the recent Come Clean (Universal), covers a wide range of moods, taking in everything from drum & bass to dance to industrial to the odd ambient moment. In short, it's the Curve you knew and loved, taken even further.

And is it dark? Do you even have to ask?

"Well, it's always going to be dark," explains Halliday. "I don't think Dean and I are interested in making light pop records. Dean plays bass in a certain way - unlike anyone else - and I sing in a certain way, so that will automatically identify the record as being Curve, but it's quite dramatically different. There are hardly any guitars - there used to be about 25 tracks of guitars. But there are a couple of things on the record that are more optimistic, like 'Coming Up Roses' and 'Something Familiar.' They have this light-at-the-end-of-tunnel thing about them."

And, naturally, in keeping with the dance aspect of Curve's work, there will be plenty of remixes. The recent Chinese Burn EP offers six variations on the song. But, Halliday insists, there's no point in looking for big-name producers behind the mixing boards.

"We tend to work with people who are either in bands or who have their own thing they do," Halliday says. "We did one for 'Coming Up Roses' with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. We gave him the multitrack, and he went in and started picking out little bits that had been left over but hadn't been erased. All of it was there on tape, but we didn't know it; and he completely changed it. He said it's his favourite mix."

But there will also be plenty of chances to see Curve, as the band will spend much of the first half of this year touring the States. Augmenting Halliday and Garcia will be guitarist Rob Halliday (a coincidence, says the singer) and a drummer, Nikolaj "from Copenhagen" ("I can't pronounce his second name," Halliday admits).

"[The supporting musicians] are young and really brilliant," enthuses Halliday. "And I'd like to find a really cool girl DJ - we'd like to make our own white label [12-inches] and have more beats where the DJ looks over and clocks the drummer, and they drop in a really heavy beat.

"[Our music] has always been totally groove-based," insists Halliday. "When you think about the bands of that time - Chapterhouse, Slowdive, Ride - we were completely different. I think people expect more now; the ante's been upped by people like the Prodigy, who are crossing rock with dance and fronting it with pop stars. It's not faceless. But I don't think we can really take any credit for moving it on. All we were doing was listening to hip hop."

(article nicked from 'Alternative Press', 1998)

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