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Every Corner of the Room

by The Curtain Society

Sparkling American Pop with UK Shoegazer Sensibilities.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. No Wonder
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2. Cave In
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3. Beautiful Song
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4. Slowberry
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5. Two Wonderful Stars
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6. Chemical
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7. Marigold Girl
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8. Diver
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9. Feather
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10. Every Corner of the Room
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11. Not Very Long
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12. Motorcycle Baby
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13. Anchor
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Album Notes
You could read through a bunch of hyphenated bullshit describing what neatly-bundled anti-scene sub-genre The Curtain Society wants to fit into. You could drown in a sea of dropped names of influences and wishful contemporaries. You could try to align them with their "up and coming" hometown scene.

We're not trying to make life difficult for you, but none of this will make a difference because the only thing that matters is that you listen to the CD. Please press play and read on.

Every Corner of the Room is the long-awaited new CD from The Curtain Society. Taking their time to record, recharge and reinvent, they've expanded on their signature mesh of swirling guitars, gnashing rhythms and sometimes sad, but always sweet melodies and harmonies. Compared to earlier releases (Life is Long, Still [Bedazzled, 1996] and Inertia [Bedazzled. 1995]), the music is exponentially more confident, powerful and punchy.

The Curtain Society worked for several years, using different methods, different gear and different headspaces, often retracking, rearranging and reworking songs sometimes to realize they preferred the original demo version. Despite this, it's safe to say that this is their most consistent and coherent release to date.

"After Life is Long, Still, we did a little re-assessing and felt that we needed to push ourselves to write the best songs that we could imagine," says singer/guitarist Roger Lavallee. "This probably started with "Beautiful Song" which was written in the car on the way to a gig in Boston."
"Roger basically told us the chord changes in the dressing room before we went on stage," recalls bassist, Ron Mominee.
That song, and later, "Two Wonderful Stars," and "Marigold Girl" became not only the nucleus of this new CD, but the standard to which they felt every new song had to live up to.

"Not that we didn't feel that way about any of our earlier material," says drummer, Duncan Arsenault. "We would never have released something that we didn't feel strongly about, but after so many years, I think we really hit at the core of something great, and I might even say unique when we started working on those songs in particular."

The period between the last full-length CD and the release of Every Corner of the Room might seem like an eternity to some bands. To The Curtain Society, it was time well spent.
"It's not like we stopped working, or took an extended hiatus," says Arsenault, who is much more than just "the drummer" for a rock band. He is a very talented multi-instrumentalist who is constantly exploring new music and adding spirit and color to The Curtain Society's sound. "We may have slowed down the tour schedule a little, but we were still always playing, not to mention working in the studio."

The band recorded in their semi-homebase of Tremolo Lounge, a recording studio where Roger Lavallee produces many other artists when The Curtain Society isn’t recording... "and it seems like we're always recording," says Mominee. "We've got tracks and tracks of snippets and ideas going back so far I don't even recognize that it's me playing on it!" he laughs. Arsenault continues, "that's where a lot of the seeds of the songs get planted. On the new CD, I'd say a good majority of the songs on the new CD had their beginnings in one of our random musical brainstorms that didn't seem like they were going anywhere at the time." In fact, "Motorcycle Baby" existed for a year as an instrumental track under a working title until one day, a vocal track appeared on it.
Having a studio at ones fingertips can lead to endless tweaking resulting in challenging edits and rearrangements, leaving the band to actually learn how to play a song after it’s been recorded. On the other hand, songs like "Diver" and the title track, "Every Corner of the Room" are basically live takes, with very little added beyond that.
"One thing we've gotten better at over the years," says Lavallee, "is being confident enough in the song itself, as well as our ability to convincingly play and sing it.” He adds, “we don't need to add unnecessary stuff just to add things. If it doesn’t serve the song, we don’t need it." This is probably a result of the many impromptu acoustic shows performed over the last few years in their hometown of Worcester, Mass. "There's no feedback or distortion to hide behind when you're just sitting there playing an acoustic guitar," laughs Mominee.

At the other extreme, the band has grown as a powerful and raw rock band. They've even played as a backing band with legendary New York writer/poet/musician Jim Carroll. "That's a totally different animal than playing in The Curtain Society," says Lavallee. "I was really inspired by Jim’s book, The Basketball Diaries when I was first starting the band, back in high school, and I'd say Jim was a big influence on my lyrics." The Curtain Society even covered Carroll's "It's Too Late" at their first show. "It's a physical workout to play with Jim, for sure," laughs Arsenault. "Most of his tempos are about twice as fast as Curtain Society songs." The synergy within the band is the one thing that is constant. "It doesn't really matter what we're playing, at this point. We're so locked into playing off of each other that we know we can always rely on that."

With the release of Every Corner of the Room, the band plans to get back out and play the many cities that have been good to them in the past. "We made a lot of great friends when we toured with the other Bedazzled bands a few years back," says Mominee, speaking of the “Caravan” tours The Curtain Society did with label-mates Mistle Thrush, An April March, Siddal and Viola Peacock. "We've been getting emails from people asking us to come back to this town or that town, so that makes us feel good. We're definitely eager to get these new songs out there. It's been a long time coming."

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Brian Adkins

This album is insane
As a musician, its humiliating listening to this album...I seriously cant think of better songs in the world today. How this may not get world wide distribution is beyond me...Cave in is ridiculous. Simply as a piece of songwriting, (ignoring perfect vocals, perfect production, perfect everything) theres nothing that touches it. Anchor, Marigold Girl, and Every corner of the room owns every song released by any band now. These guys create the standard for pop music, case closed...

-Brian
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Oliver

Sad Lovers and Chameleons United!
Loved your record and hear it all day long. Please come to Hamburg and do a gig here! All the best to you lads.
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Michael Thibodeau

A must have record for fans of Brit pop, swirlcore
The Curtain Society is simply one of the finest, most professional outfits playing out today. "Every Corner of the Room" is the culmination of their talent (which they have in bounds) and their hardwork. You can hear the labor that was poured into the album; the attention to detail and the painstaking process of creating subtle moments, trying not to lose them in the mix and at the same time not making them too obvious. What really gets me about this record are the songs. They have created masterpieces; not from nothing, but with the sturdy backbone of great songs- the melodic beauty of Two Wonderful Stars; the conviction of Beautiful Song; the simplistic, yet hook-filled title track. This album is not perfect, not for everyone at least. Straight pop/rock fans may get lost in some of the more ambient tracks, but they will find more than redemption in the driving pop behind the majority of the record. Those fans of swirling guitars and lilting melodyies may struggle to find an errant note, let alone a weak a track.
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Rob LeDoux

TCS Cd creates an atmospheric and textural mood.
The TCS Cd creates an atmospheric and textural mood. If I had heard this Cd without knowing who recorded it, I would have bought it and wanted to know more about the band. It is a first rate recording. TCS should be proud.
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Scott Mclennan - Telegram & Gazette

The masters of dreamscape pop pulled the trigger, and on Tuesday the full-length
Society raises the curtains on the long-awaited album

Before Tuesday, The Curtain Society’s “Every Corner of the Room” was something of a myth among those tuned into the Worcester music scene.

The band’s formidable fan base has been waiting ... and waiting ... and waited some more, teased here and there since 2000 by the release of songs on EPs and compilation CDs.

But the masters of dreamscape pop pulled the trigger, and on Tuesday the full-length “Every Corner of the Room” came out on Orcaphat Records. The album is available through various online sources and at record shops, with details available at the band’s Web site, www.curtainsociety.com.

Guitarist Roger Lavallee, bass player Ron Mominee and drummer Duncan Arsenault built upon the familiar fare of “Two Wonderful Stars” and “Motorcycle Baby” to create a seamless flow of 13 songs that blend melancholy and hope. The contrast of moods is well reflected in the band’s sound, which patiently lures and cajoles the listener with methodically built melodies and hooks. Yet, such patience does not lead to restraint, as the music spikes and bursts every so often amid the otherwise lush headiness of the arrangements.

Moreso than previous efforts, “Every Corner of the Room” works best when consumed whole. Though any one of the songs sounds great on its own, the record cumulatively builds, or rather unwinds as songs go from the propulsive opening tracks “No Wonder” and “Cave In” to the more psychedelic turns of “Motorcycle Baby” and “Anchor.” Drum-stoked tunes in the middle of the record — “Chemical” and “Marigold Girl”— supply a nice bridge between the different moods at the beginning and ending of the album.
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