Frequently Asked Questions
2. What's the history of Curve?
Dean Garcia's early career during the '80s was spent playing bass for several artists including Mick Jagger, Michael Kamen, Tom Petty and Eurythmics, The Blockheads and Sinead O'Connor. Toni Halliday started her music career singing in various bands (her first was called Incest back in 1978 but her first signed band was The Uncles in 1984). She was discovered by Dave Stewart after he saw her on a local TV programme saying she was a fan of The Tourists (his and Annie Lennox's current band before they split and formed Eurythmics). Through Stewart, Dean and Toni met backstage at a Eurythmics gig in 1983.
Curve : phase #1
Curve : phase #2
Curve later signed to Universal / Estupendo and in Winter 1997 released the Chinese Burn single - the track was also used on an advert to promote the new Sony MiniDisc format. Around the same time they returned to the live scene and were rapturously received by the press and fans alike.
"...Curve have established that they can still play the old songs with frightening intensity, that they can still make noises like coughing seagulls actually sound melodic, and that their new songs boast the grinding beats, morose basslines and atmospheric whooshings that made them so good years ago..."
Once again they toured the world to promote the album while another single Coming Up Roses was also released in the UK (though it failed to dent the charts). Afterwards, they vanished again leaving their official website untouched and many fans fearing the band had split again just as before... Dean released an internet-only CD under his Headcase alias in 1999. Finally, in mid-2000, Curve re-surfaced with a brand new official website (created by Dean himself) plus an update from Toni...
"Keep it together everyone, Dean is working as fast as his little hands will allow, yes some things are still not right but the main objective of this site is going to be to get music to our fans as quickly as possible... Dean and I are in long drawn out negotiations with the record label but we fully expect a release later this year of our new album "GIFT" . Until then we are quite happy to update this site and offer "you" free music that we love in the hope that you will too..."
The site featured the first of many exclusive MP3 tracks to be regularly released online plus a message forum where Toni and Dean responded to fan questions. In January 2001 another announcement was made...
"Finally we have some news regarding our recording commitment with Estupendo Records. As of this week we have been formally released from our contract without the last record we recorded for them being released. So sorry to all the fans out there that have been waiting for "Gift" but it seems unlikely that this record will ever see the light of day since they technically own the recordings and have no intention of allowing us to use them. Unfortunately the music business has changed to such a degree that it no longer feels the need to support bands like us, leaving you the consumer with limited access to the wealth of music that is made...
2001 was Curves' most prolific in years, though the year actually started with Dean releasing a second Headcase album - Crosseyedrabbit. On the Curve site, four tracks from Gift were tantalisingly released as MP3's, while a new CD - Open Day At The Hate Fest (a collection of the previous online tracks plus 3 new songs) - was released exclusively through the site. The biggest event of the year though was Gift finally being released in September - but in the US only.
In 2002, with their new found freedom, Toni and Dean recorded an entirely new album - The New Adventures Of Curve - and released it though the site... Also, Gift was finally released in the UK and Australia along with two singles - Perish in the UK and Want More Need Less in Australia. The band then rounded off the year with a remix of Gary Numan's "Down In The Park" which was released on his 25th anniversary album...
The Way Of Curve
In June 2003 a message was posted on the official site:
"We've been working on our own and more recently with Flood. The tracks are sounding good so we want to do more. Alan is mixing 4 new tracks to be cut in a few days time. QuickTime clips of todays recording are posted here and here of Alan playing some guitar and mixing one of the new songs...In Disguise. We hope to be able to post more footage as we've recently got a cool digicam...so you never know we may actually crop up here and there, better get the smoke and strobes out. Hope you like the clips and thanks for the continued support. love and all that."
The band were hoping for a September release of the new material but, apart from an MP3 of Some Good Some Bad nothing else materialised...
In July, the release of a compilation CD was announced and Curve asked their fans to choose tracks which they felt should be included. In October, the discovery of some old stock at the Church Studios finally allowed a few lucky fans to get hold of the Superblaster CD...
The Way Of Curve was released in May 2004. It featured re-mastered versions of material covering the whole of Curve's career and also included the new track In Disguise.