Friday, June 17, 2016

Curve - Open Day at the Hate Fest (2001)

Electro- and shoegaze-fueled alt rock. Open Day at the Hate Fest compiles various songs recorded between 1995 and 2001, but plays like an album -- and their darkest one, at that. As a music nerd, it's my responsibility to ensure that future generations know that 90s alt titans Garbage -- their talent for writing pop hooks notwithstanding -- blatantly lifted their entire sound and vibe from Curve.

Track listing:
1. Nowhere
2. The Birds They Do Fly
3. Ché
4. Turnaround
5. You Don't Know
6. Backwards Glance
7. Speedcrash
8. Storm
9. Caught in the Alleyway
10. Open Day at the Hate Fest

Your destiny

Also listen to these:
Swallow -
Blow (1992) + Blowback (1992)
Magic Dirt -
Young and Full of the Devil (1998)


  1. i really like curve. i have the 'cuckoo' album. 'unreadable communication' has one of the best crescendos ever recorded in a track, i feel.

    1. YES! "Unreadable Communication" is the JAM.

  2. Great post! Saw them back in '93-ish. And thanks for mentioning the bit about Garbage. I do like Garbage, but I've always felt that and tried to recommend Curve to any friends, who are into Garbage. I only wish Toni & Dean were still working together as well. Cheers

  3. Love their radio sesssess for john peel