Genre: Acoustic / Alternative / Pop Punk
Location Arizona, US
Kurtis Curfew has been playing in Arizona local bands since the ripe old age of 13. He started out as the drummer for an anti government punk/alt. rock/grunge band called Mass Illusion. (when you’re 13 and listen too far too much Pennywise… being anti your government is cool even if you‘re not quite sure what that means.) He then became the lead singer for the band Long Shot formed his sophomore year of high school after he broke his leg in a fateful skateboarding accident. “ Well Kurtis wasn’t much of a drummer anyway and we figured… what the heck the dude’s not tone def let‘s give the little dork a shot” - Clint Moet (former bassist). The pop punk/ska band later changed it’s name to “Vern’s Pennies” and did rather well in the local Arizona punk scene playing shows with not only local favorites at the time like Mustard Seed Clan, Free Sample and American Made but also sharing the stage with national acts such as Slick Shoes, Hangnail, Dogwood, Noise Ratchet, and Value Pac. After adding a second guitarist to the band, the original lead guitarist Justin’s move out to Chandler, AZ and the bassist Clint’s new born baby son the band found it hard keeping things together. With ego’s flaring and schedules conflicting the band called it quits after just 3 years. It was then that Kurtis decided to pick up a guitar (not yet knowing how to play it) and write songs for himself. He proved a fast learner and creativity flowed. He soon became a favorite at local open microphone nights all over the valley and has played many shows. Kurtis has continued to learn and grow over the years and has now not only continued drumming and playing guitar but began to learn piano as well. He continues to stay active in the local scene playing in bands like Hiller on keys and later in Borachio as singer/guitarist/pianist but despite being able to play multiple instruments proficiently Kurtis feels his true strength lies in his ability to write a “good pop song”. Kurtis’ lyrics are hopeful and sarcastic. Sometimes juvenile always witty and above all… honest. His melodies are simple, deep and somewhat complex but not at the risk of being pretentious. Both easily accessible and hard to classify Kurtis’ eclectic style of acoustic alternative pop punk is above all else… infectious.