100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

September 10, 1992 - Image 19

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Michigan Daily, 1992-09-10

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition -Thursday, September 10, 1992- Page 19
Sensual Brit duo Curve go 'round the bend, live to tell, and relate what it's about

ideas that we really weren't happy
with," Halliday explains, "and then
we came up with this thing that we'd
be quite fascinated to see: what a
doll's graveyard would look like ...
There really isn't a great kind of
thing behind it. We just loved (the
photo) and that was enough."
If My Bloody Valentine have
captured the aural landscape of the
earth, Curve have mapped the terri-
tory bubbling below the crust.
Doppelganger isn't particularly sin-
ister, but brutish and cavernous.
Garcia builds noise that's harsh, but
not hard. And while Curve is basi-
cally guitar-based, their use of
techno and industrial elements con-
structs a wall of sound that sounds
like a distortion laden-Cocteau
Twins with a purpose.
The songs on Doppelganger that
work best - "Already Yor,
"Split into Fractions," and "Fait
Accompli" - convulse with the ten-
sion between the real and the unreal,
the guitars versus the synthesizers.
Though the striking verbal images
created by Halliday come from
mundane life, she ripens them to
fruition, matching the musical taut-
ness in robust words. Take for ex-
ample, this snippet from "Fait
Accompli:" "Everyday there is some
kind of darkness/ that just won't go
away no matter how hard I try ... it
becomes a ball that you drag around
to every party."
"I never get into the literal thing
of why a lyric exists," Halliday says.
"It just does exist. It just comes out
and I have no idea where it comes
from most of the time and I never
really get into a literal kind of expla-
nation. But it's observational really
... I'm a great people watcher ... I
like to see how they react to normal
situations, or what I consider a nor-
mal situation ... I could literally
write a song about a guy going into a
supermarket and pulling the change
out of his pocket and looking at it ...
I guess it just how you see things
and what you focus on really."
What some fans focus on is not
the potency of the music or the
words, but on Halliday's impressive
looks. A strong front-woman with a
style as distinctive as Siouxie or
Annie Lennox, Halliday risks falling
victim to the "face label."
"I don't think you can do it just
on that alone. I think there has to be
far more kinds of different elements.
"And some nights, I get up there
and if I'm in a bad mood, they (the
audience) knows about it ... I get on
stage and I feel really ugly. Inside,
as a person, and I react like that as

well and my whole face contorts ap-
parently, and I look really vicious
and nasty. (Laughs) So it's not like I
get up on stage and I grind my groin
into the mike stand or anything like
that ...
"But then when I see the pictures,
I think, 'God, I really look kind of
like, you know, in this certain type
of sexual way' and I can't believe its
me sometimes. Like in the video for
'Fait Acconpli,' I couldn't believe it
when I saw the footage. I went,
'That's not me,' and the girl said, the
video director, 'Yes it is.' And I
said, 'No it isn't, I don't do things
like that.' And she went, 'Oh yes
you do.'
"It's like a revelation to me really

because I never really saw it like
that. I think there's a way you put
things across and the way you try
and use your imagination to present
your music is important. But I don't
think necessarily that it has to be
sexual to sell more records as such. I
think it can be loads of things, look
at KISS for instance."
Like KISS's notorious live
shovs, Halliday promises Curve
concerts are a full-sensory experi-
ence. Reflecting the essences of the
band, the show is an exercise in
exorcism.
"It's like going to see Apocalypse
Now. It is. I'm not kidding. If we
don't make your ears bleed, you'll
be blind."

" t
4 ,

Lull~~~~M ~ l~~ F' Y i ii 14 ~

We know it's the first day back
for y'all, but we felt it our duty to
get you to go out and do something
fun - trust us, we've been here
before and this is your last chance.
From the Kafka-desk
Feel like someone's watching
you? Are those old feelings of
paranoia settling back in, now that
you've returned to Ann Arbor?
(There's just so many damn
people!) Well, we know just the
thing - someone a bit worse off
than you are. Jeremy Irons brings
the essence of Kafka in the
Soderbergh film of the same name.
We wouldn't miss it, but then
again, we'd keep an eye over our
shoulder on the way home, too. It's
showing at 7:15 tonight only at the
Michigan Theater. Call 668-8397
for more information.
Be Goobered at the Pig
Fresh off the release of their
new (and only) CD, Goober and

the Peas play the Blind Pig
tonight. If you've never seen
Goober and his pals before, you're
in for one hay-throwing rockin'
country good time. They're kind
of a grungified Garth Brooks,
only much more glamorous.
Catch them before they play the
Silverdome, with Ugly Stik
opening. Call 996-8555.
Allosauri debutantes
You know T.Rex, the Bronto-
saurus, and the Spoon-bill, but
how about the Allosaurus? Being
long-time advocates of the
Allosaurus and its ilk, we couldn't
have been more pleased when we
heard about "Allosaurus Revis-
ited" in room 1300 of the Chemis-
try Building. Dinosaur expert
James Madsen will discuss the
updated Allosaurus exhibit, and
other prehistoric topics. Drop by at
4 p.m., or call 764-0478 for the
scoop.

Curve's Dean Garcia (right) and Toni Halliday (left) hold each other tight, common orphans of the world's harsher
side. They capture this polite anger and crushing frustration in their harsh-yer-haunting sound.

by Annette Petruso
h the devil is in me/Oh the
spirit is in me"
- "Doppelganger"
"I've just had one of those lives
so far," explains Curve vocal-
ist/lyricist Toni Halliday. "By the
time that I was eleven, I could have
written a book about my life. I think
(my strength comes) from growing
up in Europe, and never having any
money, and my father. Having to get
back from Greece when you're like
eight years old on your own. Living

in the northeast of England, which is
a really hard place to grow up and
carry on."
Such details of Halliday's life
only scratch the surface of an inner
brute force that Curve releases
within her. Above partner Dean
Garcia's machine-driven but guitar-
controlled musical vehemence,
Halliday's voice reigns supreme. On
their first LP, Doppelganger, Curve
seduces with its sounds, but the rest-
less lilt in Halliday's confident vo-
cals steals the show. As a package,
Doppelganger sounds like a docu-
mentary of the everyday life of a

(tormented) soul in the modern
world.
"I definitely think My Bloody
Valentine do that," Halliday says. "I
don't know if we do that. I hope that
one day we'll be able to do it really
really well."
Though Halliday modestly bows
to the Valentines, the cover lauds
what the album proclaims: some-
thing beautifully harrowing bubbles
within. Doppelganger's orange-
brown photo of broken, forgotten
dolls strewn en masse disturbs and
intrigues.
"We'd been through a couple of

Jeremy Irons looks mighty paranoid inside the Kafka desk.

U I

it
4
m
4'
,I
A
w
r
9
s
s
N
9
ra
a
7
i
3'

0
S
S
4
-b
4'
4
a
-4
a
I
- a
I
a
4'
4'

_ ,

F 13 riarwood

Mall

i,

Freshens'
the premium yogurt
Briarwood Mall
474 Brtarwood Circle
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(313) 663-1023

Enjoy Non-Fat and/or Sugar Free Products
Variety of Toppings
Formal Catering for Parties
Include: Sororities, Fratternities,
Special Occasions
Discount Rate for Parties
Delivery to Dorms and/or Houses

Located just three
miles south of
campus on State
Street

TENTSE
STUDENT DISCOUNT
PROGRAM
Looking for good furniture on a college student budget? Globe Furniture Rentals has the styles and
prices to get your apartment set up fast. Rental return sofas, dinettes, dressers, desks, and even
accessories are all marked down in our clearance center. Present the coupon below and receive an
additional student discount on your purchase! Now thru September 14, 1992.
We sell previously rented furniture at remarkably low prices!*

Mention this Ad and recieve 1i2 off your Purchase I
WHEN HUDSON'S
GIVES COLLEGE
STUDENTS CREDIT,
THEY ALSO GET
A BONUS.
Sign up for a Hudson's Credit Card, and receive a New Account Discount Coupon
good for a one-time 15% discount, up to a maximum purchase of $500. That can
be a $75 value. Unlike major bank cards, there's no annual fee to pay and it's a
great way to start your credit
rating. Stop into Hudson's at
Briarwood Mall and ask any
sales consultant for an
application. Your card will
be good in 9 states at any
Hudson's, Dayton's or

7

LIVING ROOM
Sofas.............from $
Loveseats ..........................from
Occasional Chairs ...........from
Sleep Sofas..............from
Coffee TablesC........from
End Tables ..............from
Entertainment Centers . .. from
Table Lamps............from
TV Stands..............from
Student Desks............from

119.00
89.00
59.00
199.00
29.00
29.00
89.00
19.00
29.00
69.00

DINING ROOM
3-piece Dinette..........from
5-piece Dinette .............from
BEDROOM
Headboards .................from
Dressers ................ from
Mirrors.................. from
Nightstands .................from
Twin Mattress & Box .. from
Full Mattress & Box ....from
Queen Mattress & Box from

$ 69.00
89.00
9.00
89.00
9.00
29.00
78.00
88.00
98.00
* *

7

*

* New Furniture also available for rent or sale.

Fuiture
Renta s

STUDENT
DISCOUNT

Ann Arbor
(I-94 & State Street)
680 State Circle
(313) 665-2500

I Name

EISENHOWER
94
GWOBE.. U
STATEcJ,
e ,jc

School
OFF

I

Back to Top

© 2020 Regents of the University of Michigan