Starting a new band as a duo seems like a pretty good option these days for anyone/anytwo contemplating such an act. They can be as musically diverse and proficient as those with quite frankly way too many members; you’ve got your singer-singwritery types (e.g. Big Deal); your heavy metal-turned-raver types (e.g. Sleigh Bells); your girl-group-popsicle types (e.g. Oh My!); your fuzzy-spiky lo-fi types (e.g. Japandroids); and, of course, your stalwarty-larger-than-life-now-turned-impressario types (e.g. The White Stripes). Perhaps the most likely rationality for pre-supposing precisely why there is a surge in such prolific pairs over the last couple of years making it big and having it large is that it might be a hell of a lot easier making music with just one other person’s input who seems to “get it”, rather than working with several others who might, at some point, make you do a “jazz odyssey” at some point. Maybe people find two people easier to work with than four. Maybe we’re talking crap. Regardless, we’re sure that Brighton boy/girl set up Curxes are next to follow suit in the successes of the aforementioned duos, with their Visions Of Trees-esque dance-trance beats coupled with Annie Lennox-style vocals delivered by vocalist Roberta. We asked. They talked…
Curxes – Creatures
Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Roberta & Adam. We’re Curxes (pronounced ‘curses’), a two-piece playing electronic music about Blade Runner, sexy robots and the preservation of romantic ideals. May or may not smell of moth balls.
KM: Sexy robots? SMELLY BALLS? A pair of libertines, that’s what you are. Funnily enough, we were telling Miss. Killing Moon all about Blade Runner this weekend, having just watched the guy-who-played-the-main-symbiont-dude in recent blood-fest Hobo With A Shotgun. While you think about that, have a look at this picture of Woody Allen in the film Sleeper who plays, what you may well consider to be, a “sexy robot”.
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
Roberta: You Are All I See by Active Child for it’s rich layering of vocals and ethereal beauty…and looking forward to the new Worship single, obviously.
Adam: Skying by The Horrors as it’s such an intelligent album both musically and lyrically. Very much looking forward to the new Sleigh Bells album early next year as well.
KM: Both very good selections with well-articulated reasonings. However, Adam, Roberta wins on account of flattering us and those bad-boys Worship, and also, of course, because we are completely biased.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3WdgBLFhD4] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJQk0jDZx8o]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
Roberta: The Cure at Bestival. Among the numerous reasons, sobbed my heart out to Lovesong dressed as a Pet Shop Boy, complete with orange-striped pointy hat and much shame.
Adam: Crystal Castles at Reading and especially their song Celestica. It was a real rave up with a creepy atmosphere and copious amounts of smoke.
Curxes – Once Upon A TimeCurxes – Jaws
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
Roberta: I wouldn’t frivolously bare my backside for anyone. I’m a nice young lady.
Adam: Without question, Simon Cowell. It would never rival the infamous Jarvis Cocker and Michael Jackson bottom exposing incident though.
KM: Kudos, Adam, Kudos. Roberta, don’t be a puss.
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
Roberta: Wichita Lineman. I’ve no idea why.
Adam: Agadoo by Black Lace. That way, I’d welcome my inevitable death.
KM: Point Team Adam. C’mon Roberta, you’re disappearing into a shame-spiral.
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Roberta: Dark Side Of The Moon.
Adam: Just to balance it out and for general riffage, Killing in the Name. I’m not adverse to a bit of Dark Side of the Moon though.
Curxes – Spires
Curxes – The Constructor