Curtin is the Brooklyn-born rock duo of former Country Mice frontman and songwriter Jason Rueger and visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Austin Nelson. They have just finished mastering their debut record, with Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Darkside) in Brooklyn. Produced and recorded by the band at The Lowercase Capitol, a studio the two built in Charleston, SC, and mixed by Andrew Tracy at One Thousand Birds in Brooklyn. The album features ten tracks that occupy the slow-burning and hypnotic soundscapes not far from the worlds of Kurt Vile and Wilco. The album also features Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco on 4 of the tracks.
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While staying in Bar Harbor, Maine, for an extended period of time, Aylward would take long walks by the water or through the forest, the likes of which helped inspire “Self Destruct.” “Being outside all the time in Bar Harbor, it’s really pretty,” says Aylward, who’s a radio news producer by day. “I think the song is a reflection on nature or the absence of nature, being from D.C. and then living in Maine.”
Though Aylward’s recorded material exists within the realm of sparse, quiet indie-pop, his live setup, which currently includes a four-piece band, can get jammy and experimental. The reason? Aylward is a self-professed Grateful Dead lover. “The Dead opened me up to improvisation,” he says. “Every single moment every member of the band is improvising from the bass player to the drummer. And I’d like to think that [style] is having a bit of a renaissance within the fold of indie rock.”
Ned Oldham is a writer and musician who has published dozens of arts features for magazines including Baltimore and the Oxford American. He’s released seven albums with his band, The Anomoanon, and stars in the feature film, I Used to be Darker. He just released a new 7" called "Further Gone" via No Quarter Records.