The Curtain Society Winner of the Alternative/Indie Rock category
The Curtain Society is arguably one of the best-known bands on the local scene. With a new disc out, the trio — Roger Lavallee, Ron Mominee and Duncan Arsenault are playing some dates to promote Every Corner of the Room soon (including Friday night at Tammany and next weekend at Ralph’s).
A talk with Roger Lavallee, the band’s frontman:
I know you guys prefer to shun labels, but your aesthetic definitely has some beautiful shoegazer-esque influence. Besides My Bloody Valentine, do you have any particular favorite albums in that genre?
I think one might be surprised at the diversity of what we actually listen to in The Curtain Society, as opposed to what we might sound like. I personally will admit that I was pretty smitten with Swervedriver’s Mezcal Head, Pale Saints’ In Ribbons and Catherine Wheel’s Ferment CDs back in 1992. That was a really long time ago. Now I just listen to Kelly Clarkson all day.
Compare your songwriting process to what’s going on in Iraq right now.
It takes forever to get things done, and there’s no sign of it ending soon. That, and we can’t afford armor plating for our vehicles.
So, what does your band name mean?
For us to know and you to ask.
Define the experience of living in Worcester in one word. No, two words. Three.
I’m from Fitchburg. There’s three.