2016 - xRays ofthe iMagination
2014 - Inventing Dr. Sutherland and his Traveling Hospital
2013 - What is it, and how did it get in there?
THESE CURIOUS THOUGHTS
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Building Mountains from the Ground
2011 - Let's See What 2moro Brings
DESPITE LIVING ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC, SONGWRITING DUO OF SEAN DUNLOP (DETROIT)AND JAMIE RADFORD (LONDON), AKA THESE CURIOUS THOUGHTS, COLLABORATE BRILLIANTLY—AND ALLOW THEIR FACEBOOK FANS TO EXPERIENCE THEIR PROCESS AND CONTRIBUTE IDEAS IN REAL TIME
Aiming for a clever PR campaign for their previous album Building Mountains from the Ground, songwriting duo Sean Dunlop (music) and Jamie Radford (the quirkiest off the wall lyrics you’ve probably ever heard) came up with a wild origin story that’s about as crazy and intriguing as the idea of The Duke being Batman’s brother (Bruce Wayne)—the driving concept of “John Wayne,” a trippy, ambient-psychedelic track on What Is It, And How Did It Get In There?, their new 16 track studio album.
The two have a very unique international setup as they create a constant flow of what Dunlop calls “indie rock that’s progressive, introspective, poetic, upbeat, catchy, strange and unique…(a vibe that) some people say is a cross between The Beatles and REM.” Radford pens the words from his home base in London and emails them to Dunlop, who lives and makes music in his studio in Detroit. Because the two collaborate so seamlessly despite living on different continents, they thought it was in line with their crafty sense of humor to say they met in 2004 while vacationing separately in Tingo Maria, Peru, where they were introduced to the Ancient Society of Mound Builders. The less glamorous reality is that Dunlop and Radford met on a “musicians wanted”-type website. When Dunlop read one of Radford’s off the wall lyrics, he was hooked. Dunlop, whose college major was history, couldn’t get enough of Radford’s riff on Civil War zombies.
Once the two clicked and became prolific partners, Dunlop had the idea to create an internet based band with contributing members from all over the world. When that didn’t pan out, the two formed a local Detroit band called Shock of the Cold. Their first album, Listen At Your Own Risk, was written and recorded over six months and consisted of over 30 songs. In 2006, Shock played at the Emergenza Music Festival in Detroit and took first place in all three rounds of the competition, beating out many local bands. Shock earned the opportunity to perform in front of 1,600 people at the Majestic Theater where Dunlop won Best Guitarist. In 2007, Radford came to visit the band and participate in one of their shows. The band performed throughout the Midwest and released 3 full length albums. When the band broke up in 2008, Dunlop and Radford decided to forge ahead creating a new band, These Curious Thoughts—and quickly gained a buzz for their multi-faceted albums whose covers featured the colorful artwork of Dunlop’s dad. These Curious Thoughts’ discography includes The World Outside, The Colour of Sound, Lets See What 2moro Brings and—in line with the Peruvian tall tale—Building Mountains from the Ground.
TCT is constantly writing music via their popular Facebook fan page, where they invite their nearly 6,000 international fans to participate in their ongoing evolution as a creative team—posting songs and accompanying videos as soon as they record them. “Our fans are commenting on our songs and becoming more actively involved,” says Dunlop. “We have also asked our fans what we should be writing about and getting amazing feedback.” Other key tracks on the new LP include the edgy, riff driven guitar rocker “Lead Balloon” (the perfect metaphor for a band trying to get off the ground despite numerous obstacles), the emotional love rock opera “Because She Is Love” (written for Radford’s wife), the sexy and transformative lust song “Daughter of Morpheus” starting with hard rock and ending with a melodic piano and guitar based outro, and concluding the LP with the two-part rock analysis of modern life, “Lost in Confusion.”
“The distance actually helps us as collaborators,” says Dunlop. “Jim writes the lyrics at his leisure, and I record and do all the videos at my leisure. This gives us the ability to be fully focused on our creativity when we feel creative. Since we don’t pay for studio time, I have the ability to work on the music and make it right, and not worry about my time ending. I’m also happy to say we are currently performing the music of These Curious Thoughts live with Sean Nasrey on drums and Dan Steffy on bass. It’s great to keep progressing. We don’t live in the past, and the music we’re creating today truly reflects where we are—almost like a soundtrack to our lives.”
TCT is currently working on songs for their next album. Find out what is happening in real time by visiting, www.facebook.com/thesecuriousthoughts
ABOUT THE BAND
2015 - A Decade in the Shadows
2010 - The Colour of Sound
2009 - The World Outside
"These Curious Thoughts are a band for the 21st Century!" - Wildy's World
As modern-day pen pals, Sean Dunlop (US) and Jamie Radford (UK) have utilized the Internet to remain in contact and compose their unique songs for over a decade. Being separated by the Atlantic Ocean has had little affect on the productivity of this musical partnership. Radford provides lyrics and inspiration via email for Dunlop who then composes the music. Since 2004, Dunlop and Radford have composed hundreds of songs, and released over 10 full length studio albums. Dunlop performs their compositions live with various musicians in the Detroit area; currently with Sean Nasrey (Drums) and Dan Steffy (Bass). In 2006, they won all 3 rounds of the Emergenza Music Festival and received the opportunity to perform in front of a sold out crowd at the Majestic Theatre (Detroit) where Dunlop won best guitarist. Over the past few years, more and more music industry publications have been reviewing and promoting their sound. The music is well received and classified as unique and its own genre. TCT was recently listed in Independent Music New's Top Fifty Independent/Unsigned Indie Acts. They are currently working on their eighth studio album, "xRays ofthe iMagination." Follow TCT on Facebook to stay up to date! Enjoy the music!
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