The Chelsea Curve announce Singles Scene residency in Somerville
The Boston trio warm up winter with three shows at The Jungle, with Gene Dante, Muck and the Mires, The Shang Hi-Los, and a trio of resplendent DJs
Photo credit: Reuben
The Chelsea Curve’s debut album set for early 2022 release via Red On Red Records
The Chelsea Curve Singles Scene Residency Lineup:
Friday, December 17 with Gene Dante and the Future Starlets and Britpop Social Club
Friday, January 7 with Muck and the Mires and DJ Mike Gioscia
Friday, January 28 with The Shang Hi-Los and DJ Sherman
BOSTON, MA [November 26, 2021] -- The Chelsea Curve have spent most of the year releasing new music via a string of eight monthly singles dubbed The Singles Scene. Now the Boston mod-pop trio are bringing the songs to life, raising a glass to 2021 and warming up winter with three action-packed parties at The Jungle in Somerville.
Dubbed The Chelsea Curve Singles Scene Residency, the parties go down over three nights: Friday, December 17 with Gene Dante and the Future Starlets and Britpop Social Club; Friday, January 7 with Muck and the Mires and DJ Mike Gioscia; and Friday, January 28 with The Shang Hi-Los and DJ Sherman. And things get started early for the after-work crowd, with doors at 5 p.m. and wrapped by 8 p.m. -- giving plenty of time for Friday night revelry afterwards.
The Chelsea Curve kickstarted their Singles Scene back in March, and wrapped it up eight months and eight songs later in October. Now, as the trio gets ready to release their debut album on Red On Red Records in early 2022-- the aforementioned eight tracks, plus new songs! -- they’ve set their sights to partying under the bright holiday lights of Union Square to kick off the chilly season.
“It’s gonna feel so great to celebrate The Singles Scene and give these songs their time to shine,” says bassist and vocalist Linda Pardee. “It seems like we just got started with releasing our first single, ‘Girl Cavedog,’ back in March, and here we are now wrapped up and getting ready to party!”
Guitarist Tim Gillis says we can expect “a swingin’ vibe,” at all three parties, adding: “Cocktails and dancing, with amazing DJs, for a chill start. Then killer live music from some of the finest bands in the land (and us), for a sweaty finish.” Drummer Ron Belanger sums it up nicely, as well: “It’s a celebration... A different kind of show from the usual four bands assaulting your ears for four hours. DJ, conversations, mingling. A good way to hang with us and have a different kind of night out.”
Like the fashions rocked by The Chelsea Curve every time they hit the stage, each residency lineup has its own dedicated flash. From the the glam seduction of Gene Dante and the Future Starlets to the garage rock powderkeg that is Muck and the Mires (who promise “16 songs in 40 minutes on a six-foot-deep stage”) to infectious retro-pop of The Shang Hi-Los, to each party features its own distinct flavor. Add in the resident selectors -- Britpop Social Club throwing down Cool Britannia deep cuts; WFNX’s DJ Mike Gioscia makes us feel X-traordinary; DJ Sherman with the tastiest pub rock anthems -- and each night packs a sonic wallop.
“Bands were a combo of long-time faves and band crushes that we haven’t had a chance to play with in a long while,” says Gillis. “Aside from the top-notch music, they’re also just a cool hang all the way around. We have close personal relationships with three of the most sympatico DJs in town. They totally fit our scene and it was just a question of who could play when. It was a no-brainer.”
Adds Pardee: “It was really hard to narrow down our list as we know so many stellar bands! Our residency guest bands have a fantastic vibe, style, flair and great music -- and just fit the bill perfectly! Our top-shelf DJs bring the culture and sounds of the scene we so love and complete the picture solidly!”
Don’t believe us? Just ask the bands.
“We LOVE The Chelsea Curve!” declares Dan Kopko of The Shang Hi-Los, who warns to expect the unexpected. “We're also looking to hook up, and we heard this show would be something of a ‘Singles Scene.’ (See what we did there? OK, we'll stick with music and leave the comedy to others!).”
Says Boston’s forever undefeated glam rock aesthete Gene Dante: “My undying love for Linda Pardee led me to accept the offer to join The Chelsea Curve on their residency. Also, I'm a sucker for early shows because they provide me more time for post-show celebrations with you lovely people. Fans attending this show can expect something warm, wonderful, and intimate.”
And that’s just what we need after the longest year since last year. “Few bands understand our anglophile affinity quite like The Chelsea Curve, and even fewer bands are able to connect British Invasion and Cool Britannia all while maintaining a Boston mod-pop accent,” says Britpop Social Club.
To paraphrase and modernize the great English poet Jarvis Cocker, let’s all meet up in the year 2022 -- and three cheers and a raised pint to booking agent Carissa Johnson and The Jungle for clearing the decks and welcoming the residency. We’ll see you in Somerville.
The Chelsea Curve are:
Linda Pardee - Bass and vocals
Tim Gillis - Guitar and vocals
Ron Belanger - Drums
The Chelsea Curve short bio:
The Chelsea Curve have always been your favorite band, providing the constant song playing in your head as scenes, styles, and sounds change around you. With a sonic template rooted in retro mod-pop but with enough snarl to roll with the punks and whipsmart hooks to hang with the rock and roll crowd, the Boston trio have in 2021 unleashed The Singles Scene, a string of monthly releases featuring ultra-melodic earworms off their forthcoming debut album, set for winter 2022 release via red-hot indie label Red On Red Records. Everyone who listens to The Chelsea Curve connects the band’s influence to their own personal favorites of yesterday, but with eight Singles Scene tracks released so far this year, and global radio play amplifying their presence louder with each offering, The Chelsea Curve are quickly forging their own rock and roll path connecting the past to the present.
The music of The Chelsea Curve has been heard on:
USA: The Rodney Bingenheimer Show on SiriusXM, Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood, The Rodent Hour on Radio Free Brooklyn, WZBC’s Fuzzed Out, Bay State Rock, BumbleBee Radio, Rising with Skybar and Strike The Box on WMFO Tufts Radio, Music Authority, FONR, Hanks Alternative Radio, WITR, KZUU, Chasing The Essential, iROCK Radio, Krux FM, GarageRocktopia, Aggie Radio, New Visions Radio Network, Woody Radio, Lucky Star, DM Pulse, WORT, WMPG, KTAL, Rock And Roll Radio, Power Pop Shop Chicago, Red Red Wine on a Sunday.
United Kingdom: Somer Valley, Radio Skye, EN5, Howfen Radio, UK Independent, CDNX, Camglen Radio, IPO Radio, Pop Radio UK, Radio Wey, Belter Radio, Radio VGR, Oban (Scotland), KOR Radio, Merseyland, KCC Live, Limehead Radio, Military Veterans Network, Perfumed Allotment, IC Radio, Redwall, LSR Leeds, Future Radio, EDA Scotland, Dandelion, Cambridge, Castledown, Radio Warfare, Steve Garnett’s New Music Radio, The Menace’s House of Music.
Around The World: Banks Radio Australia, Base FM (New Zealand), Lux Radio (Brazil), Radio Sotra (Norway), Radio Jade (Germany), Flatlines Radio (Germany), Valley 89.5 FM (Australia), Dublin City FM (Dublin), Narradio 95.3 (Sweden), QCIndie (Canada), Mike Rogers Show (Japan), FM4 (Germany), Radio Pepito (Mexico), Island 92 (Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten), Radio Ara (Lux), Only Rock Radio (Spain), Queens of Noize (Australia), Voix de Garage (France), Plastico Elastico (Spain), Shakin’ Street (Dublin), Fun Rock Radio (Norway).
Media praise for The Chelsea Curve:
"The song [‘Inconceivable’] is a dazzling, mesmerizing track ... and they really have a sound that pays homage to the past, while also embracing the musical possibilities of the future." _Music Box Pete
"Are the gal and guys of the Chelsea Curve really releasing a new single every month? Man, I hate overachievers, mainly because I'm jealous of, y'know, ambition. I forgive 'em quickly because each of these singles has been pretty damned swell, which is why we play them all on the radio.” _Boppin’ Like The Hip Folks Do (Carl Cafarelli)
"[The Chelsea Curve] might just be my fave new group." _Whole Lotta Shakin's Mike Murray
“The Boston trio just released ‘A Better Way,’ and it's virtually perfect… a jangly as hell pop punk/garage rock jam. It's a bouncy song dripping with punk attitude despite being filled with pop hooks.” _If It’s Too Loud
"'Drag' is something special. When that chorus hits, it's absolute magic... If catchy mod-pop with tons of smarts, big hooks, and amazing vocals sounds appealing to you, all of these Chelsea Curve singles are essential downloads." _Faster and Louder
“[The Chelsea Curve] excel both in the more classic melodic punk style ...and in their more quirky material, like the ditty they wrote explaining how to decode the weather beacon atop the old John Hancock building in Boston.” _Rock And Reel
“‘A Better Way’ is a jangly, Jam-like affair. Like the others it sounds like maybe it was a hit before and you just can't recognize it. Singer Linda Bean Pardee has another stellar vocal performance. There's a little Chrissie Hynde in it. The way the song is written allows her to wrap the words around the melody and give them a twist that your ear just loves.” _Boston Groupie News