A Cursive Memory
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|A Cursive Memory|
|Origin||Rancho Palos Verdes, California, U.S.|
|Past members||Colin Baylen
Sincerely Me (2003-2005)
A Cursive Memory was a Pop Rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band originally formed as Sincerely Me in 2003 after members Colin Baylen and Shaun Profeta had met at a birthday party. Mark Borst-Smith and Brian Bolen completed the foursome. This original lineup featured Baylen on rhythm guitar and vocals; Bolen on lead guitar and vocals, Borst-Smith on keyboards, bass guitar, and vocals; and Profeta behind the drums. They started off playing covers of some of their favorite bands, such as blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World, but eventually grew to write their own original songs and adopted the name A Cursive Memory.
First EPs (2005-2007)
Over the course of the next few years, ACM(A cursive Memory) had built up a small local fan base and self-released their self-titled EP. which was recorded in Bolen's home studio and featured the original version of The Piano Song. In 2005 the band self-released another EP; this time calling it Lights, Camera, Action EP. Lights, Camera, Action showcased a much more refined sound with Profeta contributing a significant amount of vocals this time around; as well as a new version of The Piano Song. Although ACM wasn't able to tour outside of their local scene, mostly because all of the members were still in high school, they were able to catch the attention of Bunim/Murray Productions (The Real World/Road Rules). The song Club Revolution Remix was featured on an episode of The Real World.
"Changes", Bandarazzi and Band vs Wild (2008-2009)
The band spent 2006 and 2007 writing and recording tons of new material; much of which would eventually become their debut album, Changes. It was at this time that the song Changes was written and played for the first time at the reunion show for Shaun's brother's old band A Cutthroat Kiss. The band was also featured on an episode of The Simple Life where they played a clip of Changes. In the course of time, the band saw Profeta move to lead guitar and Bolen to drums. In the spring of 2007, the band was featured on the season finale of The Simple Life where they played Perfect Company. At the same time, they joined Hellogoodbye for several of their west coast tour dates and soon after, Bolen had left the band to pursue his side project Fibonacci. Upon graduation, the band had finally gotten their major break and signed with Santa Monica based Vagrant Records (The Get Up Kids, Dashboard Confessional). They put out the RESPECK! EP which featured four songs from the soon-to-be released debut album and Baylen's remix of Perfect Company. Good friend, and Los Angeles based session guitarist, Mishka Bier, filled in Bolen's spot for several shows before another good friend, Dillan Wheeler, took over the drumming duties; moving Profeta to rhythm guitar. The band toured relentlessly across the United States that summer, and their debut album, Changes, was released on Vagrant on February 19, 2008. Changes features remasters of three older songs: Figure Out, Changes, and The Piano Song.
To help promote the single Everything, the band developed the project "Bandarazzi"—half band, half paparazzi. After an entire summer of filming, they debuted with a music video for their song "Everything" on the social networking website MySpace. The video was shot while following paparazzi around Los Angeles and featured cameo appearances from celebrities, including Britney Spears, Masi Oka, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Hayden Panettiere, Tobey Maguire, Jenna Fischer, Perez Hilton, Hilary Duff, Nick Carter, Dr. Dre, Rick Ross, Alfonso Ribeiro, Criss Angel, Kim Kardashian, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Madonna, David Spade, Aly & AJ, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jerry Springer, David Archuleta and will.i.am. The video created an Internet buzz and set the record for Most Watched Rock Video In One Week on MySpace, after having been viewed more than 500,000 times. The video has since appeared on Fox News, TMZ.com, E! Online, The N and in the top 10 of MTV's Total Request Live countdown.
In support of the album's second single, Perfect Company, the band traveled to the Alaskan frontier to shoot their music video for it featuring many different Alaskan animals. The Band v. Wild project is similar to the Bandarazzi project with the animals in Band v. Wild taking over the position of the Bandarazzi celebrities.
The band has played alongside bands including Saves the Day, New Found Glory, Hellogoodbye, and Jimmy Eat World. They did a co-headlining tour with The Medic Droid across the United States in support of their debut album, Changes, including an appearance at The Bamboozle Left festival. A Cursive Memory appeared on a leg of the Warped Tour 2008.
"Let Love In" (2010-2012)
Along 2010, ACM released a few new songs on their Myspace profile. In September 2010, they released their new album "Let Love In" including all those songs and preceded by the single "Wondering". The album was produced by Matt Mahaffey. Shortly after having to cancel tour dates due to insufficient ticket sales, the band disbanded in 2012.
- A Cursive Memory (2005) self released
- Light Camera Action (2006) self released
- Respeck! EP (2007) Vagrant
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