I was a big fan of his two-piece Cherry Cola Champions and remember when he pulled me aside at some local show telling me he had something new he was working on and could not wait to share it with me.
Mind you that was a year or two ago, but I was intrigued the moment he told me of what he was working on. My curiosity was finally satisfied when he told me about Curtail, a new band featuring some other familiar names in acts I adore including Eric Sandt (The Ground is Lava), Dan Corby (Bethesda), and Ben Hendricks (Annabel).
Cleveland’s Curtail dropped their debut All Your Luck at the end of May on Skeletal Lightning Records. A supergroup of sorts with all angles of talent combined resulted in a hell of a listen. I hate that I am just getting around to talking about it when it has been on regular rotation since it dropped over a month ago. Still, it needs to be noted.
“Rush Hour” started the album off a bit reserved but with good measure. Half way in, the song kicked it up a notch and made for a great listen overall. “Smile” continued with the trend and the group vocals mad it so much more fun to nod my head to. I especially loved Sloan’s erupted singing style throughout.
“The Lesson” is the track that completely won me over. Taking queues from 90s alt- rock past, this song ruled in so many ways. This is what New Radicals would have sounded like if they were an emo band. Please note that I adore the 90s one hit wonder Gregg Alexander band so this is not a diss at all. This song was catchy, emotional and perfect for summer listening.
I loved hearing “Good Year” as I felt I really related pertaining to the ups and downs throughout life. This emo jam intermittently erupted into a grudge track this former flannel wearing teenager approved of.
“Come Around” was an uppity, fuzzy jam that reminded me some of The Promise Ring. Clearly the content was about overcoming, but brought forth in a positive way – at least musically. This was one of my other favorite tracks on the album.
“Sleight of Hand” was another favorable song for me. You could just head the fun Sloan was having singing this song. I loved the many references only Northeast Ohioans would appreciate.
“Glow” completely moved into more of a chilled out that probably would have faired well to a crowd in a smoky, cramped venue in the 90s full of thrift store cardigans and Doc Martins.
“Skyscraper” easily could have been a Sense Field track that never was released. This post-hardcore closing track was good on so many levels from the singing, the drumming, and of course the guitar playing that eventually faded out in a fuzzy departure.
For someone like me who grew up in the 90s and was obsessed with indie and alternative rock, All Your Luck really brought me back some. Sloan and crew really dropped something special that deserves all of the attention of music fans. Give it a listen, I highly doubt you will be disappointed if you still think music from the 90s was the best.
Check Curtail out on BandCamp and support the living daylights out of them by downloading All Your Luck. I hope I can check them out live so I can give them all hi-fives for dropping one of my favorite releases of 2018.