Blue Light Curtain formed in the fall of 2002. The band consists of Paul Groth (Baritone Guitar, Vocals), Laura Bratton (Synth, Vocals) and Michael Sterling (Drums).
The band released their first EP in 2006 and supported it with a West Coast tour. In June of 2012, BLC released their first full-length release, Clouds in Our Hair, recorded by Scott Colburn (Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, et al.). Album available on vinyl and CD.
Groth and Bratton have been singing together in different projects for over 18 years, taking their vocal influences from duos like Sparhawk/Parker (Low), Shields/Butcher (My Bloody Valentine) and Kaplan/Hubley (Yo La Tengo). The lyrics are simplistic and repetitive adding to the hypnotic musical drone. Sterling drives the group’s dynamics by playing with and against synthetic pulses.
Blue Light Curtain has been playing in and around Seattle for the past ten years, appearing at the following venues: The Sunset Tavern, The Crocodile, The Chop Suey, The Comet, et al. Over the years, the band has played with national touring acts like Asobi Seksu, The Black Ryder, Blood Red Shoes (UK), Freezepop, and Fog
WHAT OTHER’S ARE SAYING
“The sound's lush and gauzy, but there's still robust rhythmic propulsion bolstering the shoegazey tunes. A windswept grandeur courses through the album's 10 tracks, as keyboardist Laura Bratton and guitarist Paul Groth's dual vocals converge to add a rich layer to the dramatic, anglophiliac rock action here.” –DAVE SEGAL, The Stranger
“Blue Light Curtain takes Velvet Underground’s drone and makes it their own, it’s application in the finest fashion.” – TRENT MOORMAN, The Stranger
“Blue Light Curtain goes for the wall of sound approach, offering shimmering guitars, dense percussion and reverb-drenched vocals singing vague, repetitive lyrics.” Molly Templeton, Eugene Weekly
“dreamy dronesters” – The Seattle Weekly
“…shoegazers Blue Light Curtain are creating a tech-infused wave that will have A&R reps salivating.” MA’CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR, The Stranger
“Laura Bratton, the primary vocalist, sings in a style that would be readily familiar to fans of the aformentioned 4AD Records and dreampop music; ethereal and somewhat detached, but in spite of that aloof sound, she manages to really engage the crowd. There’s a warmth there often lacking in the genre that’s very comforting and more than a little sexy.” – ThreeImaginaryGirls.com