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Album Review

By covering the Chameleons' "Swamp Thing" at a New York show prior to the release of Inertia, Southbridge, MA's the Curtain Society made obvious what this debut LP suggests: here's a band with fine taste in early/mid '80s effects-laden, big-hearted rock, with emotional flourishes, pumping bass, majestic guitar, and brave drumming. Perhaps guitarist Roger Lavallee's vocals are more plaintive than such antecedents — his gentle, boyish cooing is more in line with the Sarah label bands, For Against, and the Pale Saints — but this kind of ambitious, non-pretentious, power-packed scope and billowing sound is damn welcome in '90s America; i.e., Inertia takes pride in going against the gratuitous grunge grain.


Formed: Worcester, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Constructing masterful junctions in between pop and the most alternative options of rock & roll, the Curtain Society formed in Southbridge, MA, in 1988, with Roger Lavallee (guitar, vocals), Ron Mominee (bass, vocals), and Jeff Paul (percussion). Pursuing their own road on the music scene and building a mystified career since they first got together, the band managed to blend the best of established guitar rock with their very own interpretation. Curtain's first releases were a series of EPs and...
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