January 15, 2019
in 2014, Stuart Campbell’s and Brian Hoyle’s partnership
brought acclaim from those who had heard their music.
Interest came from Alex Dematteus (one of the people behind
the early success of The Slow Readers Club) who became their
manager in 2018 and who in turn secured Jack Richard Sobel
(Lead Singer with Black Swan Lane and Wonderland Music
Publishing boss) as producer for their debut album. As with
a lot of things in this fickle business, those plans were
shelved when Brian Hoyle controversially departed the band.
Stuart continues on with the project, but now solo. Working
closely with Joe A. Sage, an engineer and professional
mixer, Stuart and the The Burning Curtains recently
celebrated the release of a debut single, ‘Fountains’, on
November 5th which has courted fabulous reviews from
listeners around the globe.
Stuart Campbell (Guitars/Bass/Vocals/Drums) has had a long
history in music: Selfish Art, Partisan Grey, Aquitas,
Chrysalids, Sunhouse, Cane Toads are a few previous muses.
The Burning Curtains hail from Middleton, Manchester, home
of the Chameleons, The Mock Turtles, Inspiral Carpets, The
Space Monkeys, The Reegs and The Courteeners. In fact the
bands name ‘The Burning Curtains’ was first muted by Reg
Smithies of the Chameleons as a possible name for them, but
they chose the Chameleons instead, seemed a shame to waste
The debut single, ‘Fountains’, will be followed by 3 tracks
released serially in the winter/spring of 2019. They will
feature recordings with ex-drummer Hoyle and will form part
of the “Phoenix Sessions” EP, named after their old studio
in Heywood, Lancashire. The first of those tracks
“Sometimes” is due to land in February 2019.
The Burning Curtains are now at a juncture. Stuart has been
talking collaboration with Harry Miller, ex lead singer and
guitarist for Philadelphia’s ‘Our Fading Smiles’ for work on
The Burning Curtains’ debut album and perhaps a follow-up
project. Also in the mix are some solo acoustic performances
taking in unusual places around the UK and southern Europe
starting next April, which will take TBC through the north
of England, the Scottish Highlands to the Outer Hebrides and
then on to Mallorca.
Influences: John Cale,
The Chameleons, P.J Harvey, Joy Division, Smashing Pumpkins,
The Fall, Gang of Four, ‘60’s & ‘70’s TV, British and
Italian Neorealism and Americana.
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