Beaches – Second Of Spring

I will admit that Beaches were only vaguely known to me until quite recently, their name jumbled together alongside Best Coast and Beach House and one or two other similar bands whose music would appear every so often in my streaming playlists and whom I had decided were at least listenable. Some will know of them from their 2013 album She Beats … [Read more...]

Ten Best Shoegaze-Related Events of 2014

A rundown of the 10 best shoegaze-related events of 2014 is better late than never, right?  Just like the reformation, continuation, or news of these original shoegaze-tagged bands some 20 years after their initial glory days during the 1990s U.K. music scene.  The (re)evaluation of the impact of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and … [Read more...]

Chatelaine – Take A Line For A Walk

Toni Halliday, best known as the glacially cool and menacingly seductive singer of U.K. dream-rock band Curve (alongside musical mastermind Dean Garcia) in the 1990s to 2000s, has resurfaced at long last in the form of Chatelaine.  The debut album Take a Line for a Walk was released this past June, capping off a 3-years-in-the-making musical … [Read more...]

Short Takes

Little Boots – Hands Warner Bros Step aside Lady Gaga, Kylie, and Annie while Little Boots (aka Victoria Hesketh, former lead singer in the band Dead Disco) delivers a big dance-pop kick on the album Hands, due Stateside on March 2nd.  Already out in the U.K., the platter is an ear-pleasing delight of supremely melodic, immediately appealing, … [Read more...]


Dean Garcia made a name for himself in the 1990's as one half of the atmospheric, electronic-rock band Curve (along with beguiling lead singer Toni Halliday), and after Curve split up in 2005, Dean focused on several collaborations with other artists, including KaRIN and Statik of Collide for The Secret Meeting and Lucia Cifarelli of KMFDM for The … [Read more...]

Interview with SPC ECO

Let me introduce you to the sonic splendor of Dean Garcia's (of Curve) latest band, SPC ECO, and while you read between the letters on the band's name, prepare to get lost in a reverie of hypnotic, deeply textured soundscapes of pulsing electronic rhythms, distorted guitar grind, and sweetly soft, airy vocals courtesy of Rose … [Read more...]

DOA’s Guide to the Recordings of…Curve

Curve was an electronic rock/guitar-rock band that formed in 1990 in England and disbanded in 2005. Curve was comprised of Toni Halliday (vocalist, songwriter) and Dean Garcia (programmer, guitarist). The band released three EPs in rapid succession in 1991 on Anxious Records to great acclaim from the British music press, and Curve was summarily … [Read more...]