A Cursive Memory

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A Cursive Memory
Origin Rancho Palos Verdes, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Indie rock
Years active 2006–2012
Labels Vagrant
Past members Colin Baylen
Mark Borst-Smith
Shaun Profeta
Dillan Wheeler
Brian Bolen

A Cursive Memory was an American rock band, from Rancho Palos Verdes, California who released an EP and two albums in the period 2006 to 2012.


The band originally formed under the name 'Sincerely Me' in 2003 after members Colin Baylen (guitar/vocals) and Shaun Profeta (drums) met at a birthday party.[1] Mark Borst-Smith (bass/keyboards) and Brian Bolen (guitar) completed the fourpiece. 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.[1]

Over the course of the next few years, the band built up a small local fan base and self-released their first EP, A Cursive Memory, which was recorded in Bolen's home studio. It featured the original version of The Piano Song. In 2005 the band self-released the Lights, Camera, Action EP that included Profeta contributing a significant amount of vocals and a new version of The Piano Song. Although they did not tour outside of their local scene, as all of the members were still in high school, they were signed by Bunim/Murray Productions.[1] The song Club Revolution Remix was featured on an episode of The Real World.

The band spent 2006 and 2007 writing new material for their debut album, Changes. They were also featured in an episode of The Simple Life where a clip of their song "Perfect Company" was played.[1] Gradually 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 the song 'Perfect Company'. They also joined Hellogoodbye as support on some of their west coast tour dates.[2] Soon after, Bolen left the band to tart his own band Enter the Paradox.[3] Upon graduation, the remaining three-piece signed with Santa Monica-based Vagrant Records.[4] In October 2007, they put out the Respeck! EP, which featured four new songs and a remix of Perfect Company.[5] Eventually, the band recruited Dillan Wheeler on drums, while Profeta moved to rhythm guitar.[1]

The debut album, Changes, was released on Vagrant on February 19, 2008 and features reworked versions of previously released material. To promote the single 'Everything', the band shot a video while following paparazzi around Los Angeles and it featured appearances of a large number of celebrities. The video created an Internet buzz and appeared on Fox News, TMZ.com, E! Online, The N and in the top 10 of MTV's Total Request Live countdown.[6] A second video for the single 'Perfect Company' was filmed on the Alaskan frontier.

The band embarked on 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.[1] They also appeared on a leg of the Warped Tour in 2008 in 2008 and 2009.[7]

The band played the Bamboozle roadshow while spending much of the year recording their second album. In September 2010, they released their new album "Let Love In" preceded by the single "Wondering". The album was produced by Matt Mahaffey and self-released.[8]



  • A Cursive Memory (2005) self-released
  • Light Camera Action (2006) self-released
  • Respeck! EP (2007) Vagrant



  1. ^ a b c d e f Schwartz, Terri (February 2009). "A Cursive Memory". Blastmagazine.com. 
  2. ^ Review of the Wiltern, San Francisco (6 April 2007) show on Last.fm, (accessed December 8, 2014).
  3. ^ Biography section of the Enter the Paradox website, (accessed December 5, 2014).
  4. ^ Record company biography, (accessed December 5, 2014).
  5. ^ Listing of the EP on the Vagrant Records website, (accessed December 5, 2014).
  6. ^ Escudero, Nicki (April 2, 2008). "A Cursive Memory's 'Bandarazzi' video hit on MTV". azcentral.com. The Arizono Republic. 
  7. ^ Songkick Listing for the Vans Warp tour, (accessed December 5, 2014).
  8. ^ Lucy, Evan (September 27, 2010). "A Cursive Memory - Let Love In". altpress.com. Alternative Press. 

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