Monday, December 19, 2011

THE CURSE - Tape - 1999

   I'm still upset that I never got to see THE CURSE. My band was on tour and we were running late getting to our show in Eugene, OR, due to breakdowns, mishaps and just plain ol' inertia. THE CURSE was at that show, playing for as long as they could to keep the show going until we made it there. They didn't have enough material though and the residents of the house cut them off and said the show was over. Then, we showed up 10 minutes later and they wouldn't let us play. It was frustrating after overcoming so many obstacles for 12 hours to get there, so THE CURSE'S drummer, Erin  suggested that we drive to her house in Portland and get drunk, which we did, CURSE-less but happy.
    THE CURSE got together in 1998 (maybe 1997) as a 4 piece, rising from the ashes of bands like PIMP SLAP and THINGS I HATE. They put their first demo tape and then their 2nd guitarist, Sarah ran off to greener pastures. They continued on as a 3 piece and put out this ruling 13 song tape. They are punk as hell in the yelling-three-chord-fuck-you-basement-punk kind of way and cover topics ranging from assault to self-esteem to reproductive rights to losing hope to (my favorite) yelling "Fuck You" about the things they hate. After releasing this tape, their singer/guitarist Molly had a back injury that put the band out of commission for about a year. They did a few tours of the West Coast (lots of small towns) and put out 4 tapes, one of which came out years after they broke up. The band went their separate ways in March 2003. This was Terrie's (bass player/singer) first real band and now she plays in WARCRY. Their drummer/singer, Erin "Whupass" Yanke went on to play in the amazing CHASED AND SMASHED and now plays drums in SOCIAL GRACES and LIGHT BRIGADE.
   If you missed it the first time, this week is dedicated entirely to awesome all-women bands.
Thanks to Erin Yanke for extra info about the band.
This tape is from the collection of Erick Lyle.


Anonymous said...

Can you post the Light Brigade demo? I'd love to hear it!

Harvester said...

Maybe so, "anonymous". I have their basement- recorded tape, but I'm not sure if it's their "official" demo or not. Somehow, I think they have another one that I don't have.