Benjamin Curtis (musician)
|Origin||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, Dream pop|
|Associated acts||Tripping Daisy
School of Seven Bells
Benjamin Curtis is an American guitarist and drummer who is currently a member of the dream pop duo School of Seven Bells. He is a former and founding member of the bands Tripping Daisy, The Secret Machines, and UFOFU.
Currently, Curtis is a member of School of Seven Bells, in which he sings and plays instruments in addition to guitar. Benjamin was the guitarist and backing vocalist for the rock band The Secret Machines until March 2007, when, according to the band's website, he left to pursue a career in School of Seven Bells, previously his side project. Before the Secret Machines, he was the drummer for the Dallas alternative rock band Tripping Daisy, from 1997 to their disbandment in 1999. Prior to that, he was the drummer for UFOFU from 1993 to 1997, with his brother Brandon Curtis, who plays bass guitar and keyboards, also later for the The Secret Machines. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Benjamin currently resides in New York City.
Curtis cites guitarists such as Michael Rother, Yoshimi P-We, and The Edge of U2 as some of his primary influences on guitar. He plays a heavily effects-laden spacy style of guitar, reminiscent of late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic rock.
Benjamin announced in late February 2013 that he has developed T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. "It developed pretty aggressively, and the chemotherapy to treat it will be pretty aggressive, but the good news is that it's TREATABLE.". A benefit concert called 'Put Your Sad Down' has been scheduled for August 22, 2013, to aid in Benjamin's cost for treatment. At this time, he is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
- Tim Sendra, "Now Here is Nowhere Review, Allmusic.com
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