Feature for April 2018
Band Name: The Curl
Genre: Surf, California Surf, Rockabilly, 60ís British Rock, Garage
Geographical Area: CT /
Interview with: The Curl Daddys by email on 3/30/18
1. What is the current line-up of your band?
Dino Pelletier: lead, rhythm guitar/lead vocals
Scott Putnam: lead, rhythm guitar/background vocals
Mario Agnello: bass
Kenneth Punt: drums
2. How and when did you get started with your band?
Scott started jamming with Dino (owner/instructor of THE GUITAR WORKSHOP, Torrington) when Scottís son Joey had given-up on lessons (2013). Both Dino and Scott were tiring of the blues scene and loved the lighter, up tempo of the 60ís and surf. Scott brought in Ken, an awesome drummer he had played with in the past. Bob Loper was our 1st bass/vocal player. He is on a demo/video or 2. Bob moved out of state. Then we had a sit-in, Dennis, until Mario came in, whom Surf Squad generously shares with us.
3. What bands or music have influenced you most?
Scott - Beatles, The Yardbirds, Ventures, Los Straightjackets
Dino - Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), The Yardbirds. Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton
Mario - An original copy of CCR "Willie and the Poor Boys".
Ken - Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Rush
4. What is the breakdown of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
100% covers played with Curl Daddy style!
5. What recording have you done?
Demos and live recordings/videos because we perform covers only.
6. What kind of gear do you use?
Scott - G & L Fender guitars and Vintage Sound Amp amplifier
Dino - G & L Fender, Fender Telecaster with Vintage Sound Amp or a Fender Super Reverb
Mario - Fender Jazz Bass or an (82) S.G. Curly with an (82) Flip-top Ampeg amplifier
Ken - builds his own drums
7. What is your bandís favorite food/beverage?
Scott - Cheeseburgers and diet Pepsi
Dino - Cheeseburger, fries, Ĺ of whatever Janna is eating and Blue Moon (with an orange) and if sheís driving, Jagermeister.
Mario - Fruit De Mer Recette and a Stoli & Tonic with a splash of cranberry!
Ken - Asian food
8. How do you get gigs?
Scott (owner of Eagle Fence, Plainville) has and makes lots of contacts, connections and new friends through his business. He sets up some dates and our Agent (Janna) books the others. We still do some old-fashioned footwork and drop off demos and Agent calls, emails, messengers music/videos to fairs, car shows, restaurants, bars, venues, bartenders, managers and owners.
9. What are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your area?
Scott - Having to add popular, vocal numbers into our sets from Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc., when playing for virgin/non-Surf crowds. They seem to appreciate the instrumental numbers more when separated by the vocal ones and we get a better reception.
Dino - Restaurant and bar clientele changes-out at 10:00 PM usually to a Hip-Hop crowd.
Mario - Not enough venues, not enough venues who will give Surf a chance.
Ken - (agrees with Scott)
10. What positive attributes does your band have that sets you apart from other bands (of any genre)?
Scott - We play music that most people are familiar with and that make you want to dance.
Dino - Itís our mix of songs from movie sound tracks/TV program theme songs from the late 50ís Ė 60ís.
Mario - Because we play older songs but heavier.
Ken - Itís the feeling/emotion that we put into the music that we play.
11. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool youíve used to further your bandís musical path?
Scott - Facebook
Dino - Talent and my curly hair!
Mario - The ability to satisfy song requests that are not on your set list or in the genre of music you are performing. They remember and appreciate.
Ken - Quality of performance.
Agent- No such thing as single most. It takes Facebook, Messenger, YouTube, ReverbNation, data, minutes, texts, word of mouth, a strong constitution, due diligence and a good band to work with/for.
12. Whatís the most interesting performance experience youíve had?
Scott - Having GO-GO dancers at our events!
Dino - When the band I was in opened for the late, great Johnny Winter at Toads in New Haven and/or hangín-out with Donovan Leitch back stage at The Palace in Stamford.
Mario - When Dick Dale told me that anybody who plays bass with-out a pick is a ÖÖ
Ken - Having GO-GO dancers perform with us.
13. What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?
Itís not what we hope to get but what weíve already gotten. Friends, connections, direction and information. We find the surf music community to be generous and more like family. We thank NESMA for including THE CURL DADDYS.
14. Anything else?
Scott - Enjoy meeting friends and playing with other NESMA bands.
Dino - I started this surf band with Scott because we thought it would be fun.
Mario - Long live Surf!
Ken - We appreciate our friends and fans who to come out and see us. We thank them and wish them well.