When you think of ’80s rock and roll, a few great bands spring to mind; Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Kiss and Motley Crue. Well, now you can add Dangerous Curves to that list.
Inspired by the likes of those exact bands, Dangerous Curves formed in 2015 with only one goal in mind: to bring back the music of the infamous LA scene of the late ’80s, with a modern twist. These guys are the real deal, and now they are just about to release their long-awaited debut full length album, So Dirty Right (out as of tomorrow, April 6).
“We are definitely influenced by ’80s rock and roll… the big hair, big guitars, just the whole pretty boy image as well,” Dangerous Curves’ humble guitarist and backing vocalist Cammy Paul says of the debut album. “It’s just lots of fun, lots of sexy songs… I guess you could take it to a strip club and it would be pretty right there,” he laughs. “We just wanted to bring a lot of fun back to the scene.”
And that is exactly what they have done.
Cammy is joined by lead vocalist Kym Britten, bassist Ziggy Robertson and drummer Luke Chapman, and together these four Geelong rockers have created a ten-track album brimming with huge hooks, ballsy guitars and big drums that capture the wild spirit of rock’s glory days, while very much looking towards the future.
After coming together in 2015, the local glam rockers took 2016 by the balls playing gigs all over the state, laying down the blue print for the album and winning K-Rock’s ‘The Band’ competition, awarding them the chance to play to the masses at last years leg of Run Geelong. They also kicked that year off with the release of their debut self-titled EP, which received strong radio play and became hot property among venue owners and key industry figures.
With busy beginnings and non-stop touring, the guys took 2017 down a notch and focused whole-heartedly on the creation of the album.
“It’s been a big process but we’re pretty happy to finally get it out there. It’s probably been around a year at this point with a lot of trial and error,” he explains. “We’ve gone through a lot of different producers and haven’t really been happy with the end result. We ended up settling on the last guy and we were pretty stoked with how it came out.”
Produced by Chris Themelco (Harlott, Orpheus Omega, Espionage, Skarlet) at Monolith Studios, the album signifies the next stage in the evolution of Dangerous Curves, and according to Cammy, is an accurate reflection of their wild spirit, hard work and growth since their EP – both musically and personally.
“I think the overall vibe has just gotten better, we’ve all grown together over the last couple of years. We’re kind of like a gang in a way,” he laughs, “we’re not really like a band, we’re like brothers, so the songwriting now blends really well and it’s gotten stronger over time as well.
“I usually write a riff at home and then I bring it into the boys and basically they do what they want with it; rearrange it, dissect it, and then we all work on the vocal melodies. We’re all pretty knowledgeable in that department as we’re all pretty hardcore fans of this type of music; we know what it takes to write a good hook,” Cammy explains. “But Kym is the icing on the cake, his lyrics are pretty smart and well thought out, so he does that final bit,” he beams.
When people think of ’80s glam metal/rock, generally it’s sing-a-long choruses, screaming over the top of guitar solos, heavy back beats and catchy riffs – with a party hard and live life to the fullest attitude. This is the attitude that can be seen in the Curves’ recently released video for their track ‘Art of the Heart’ which was filmed at Oz Tenpin Geelong Bowling over two days during late last year.
“That was just us at band practice,” he laughs on how they came up with the idea. “We were just generally talking about what could be the most ’80s thing we could think of and that’s pretty much what came out; bowling and half naked women.”
With glam rock ’80s videos, punchy songs, catchy riffs, big drums and even bigger hair, it’s easy to understand what these guys are all about – and they are definitely a band you need to get around.
“Just come out and check us out – we’re lots of fun,” Cammy smirks. “If you enjoy fun rock and roll, we’re definitely worth checking out.”
Dangerous Curves will release their long awaited debut album, So Dirty Right on April 6.
When & Where: The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne – April 6, Mojo’s Pool Lounge & Bar – April 13, The Barwon Club, Geelong – April 20 & Music Man Megastore, Bendigo – April 27. Tix via moshtix.com.au.
Written by Talia Rinaldo