The Curtains

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The Curtains
The Curtains performing live in 2006
The Curtains performing live in 2006
Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
GenresExperimental rock, electronic rock, instrumental
Years active2000–2007
Associated actsDeerhoof, Cryptacize, Open City, Old Time Relijun, Nedelle Torrisi, Powerdove, Half-handed Cloud
MembersChris Cohen
Past membersAnnie Lewandowski
John Ringhofer
Nedelle Torrisi
Corey Fogel
Greg Saunier
Andrew Maxwell
Jamie Peterson
Trevor Shimizu
Satomi Matsuzaki
Jordan Dalrymple

The Curtains is an American band founded by Chris Cohen and visual artist Trevor Shimizu in San Francisco, California in 2000.[1]


Their first three albums are mostly instrumental music which uses electric guitar, Moog Concertmate MG-1 and drums.

Initially influenced by film soundtracks, TV jingles, West Coast jazz, and early electronic music, The Curtains have slowly gravitated towards melodic vocal-based pop music.


Since 2002, The Curtains have released four full-length albums, one split CD, and several 7-inches on various labels, including a limited-edition lathe cut. The band's lineup changes often, with principal songwriter Chris Cohen being the only continuous member.

The Curtains toured the Western U.S. with Maher Shalal Hash Baz[2] in 2004 and recorded as members of that band on the record Faux Depart.[3] They have also opened for such bands as Red Krayola,[4] Saccharine Trust,[5] Young People,[6] Joan of Arc,[6] Glass Candy,[6] The Dead C,[7] Burning Star Core,[8] Open City,[8] Final Fantasy,[9] and Beirut.[10]




  • "Athletes in the Stars" b/w "Watch for the Eliminator" (Snowy Visitor, 2000)
  • "Airplane Dives" b/w "Strive, Lifeforms, Strive" (Collective Jyrk, 2004) split with Ghost to Falco
  • "Go Lucky" b/w "World's Most Dangerous Woman" (Tomlab, 2006)


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  2. ^ "Domino | Releases | Maher Shalal Hash Baz/The Curtains: Make Us Two Crayons On The Floor". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  3. ^ "> foxy digitalis : reviews <". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles The Well Isn't Dry". LA Weekly. 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  5. ^ "Los Angeles All Gates Open". LA Weekly. 2002-12-26. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  6. ^ a b c "Thin Wrist Recordings". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  7. ^ "San Francisco Hear This". SF Weekly. 2002-03-13. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  8. ^ a b "Past Events". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  9. ^ Tonry, Andrew R. "Up & Coming | Up & Coming". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  10. ^ "Beirut playing Mercury Lounge | tix on sale". BrooklynVegan. 2006-06-21. Retrieved 2012-07-05.

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