Tom Curren, Hotel Great Northern – Friday
Known for surfing pipes rather than his vocal pipes, Tom Curren is acknowledged as one of surfing’s true geniuses and a soulful original. Curren has played a variety of instruments since he was fifteen. His drumming, bass, guitar, singing and composition take a form that reflects his unique personality. Famously reclusive, his musical gift was only recognised – although highly regarded – among a small enclave of musical celebrities.
The music of Curren features raw and honest performances – folk influence, bluesy, gritty, with a minimalist approach. Curren’s music goes beyond the immediate surf market. He explores musical styles and combinations of sounds that reflect his unique perspective. Curren has released numerous albums, and has toured extensively.
Echonetdaily caught up with Tom while he was in Byron shooting some surf footage and prepping for his Friday gig.
How would you describe your style?
Blues rock. My favourite is McCartney.
When did you start working on the new album?
I started working on the album about two years ago, but some of the songs are from quite some time ago. In fact one or two of them I’ve been tinkering around with for 10 years or more.
Who wrote the material?
Mostly these songs are my ideas but I was able to work in the recording studio with John Alagia, who produced it, and one of my favourite drummers, Jim Keltner. There is some really good quality playing by everyone, who John hand-picked for the project. They all played great.
Where was it recorded?
In Los Angeles at Village Studios.
What is your favourite track from the new album?
I like You And You Alone personally. I like the chord structure and there is a melody as an intro that I think is cool.
Where is your biggest fanbase?
My support has always been from the surfing community. I really appreciate that and have formed so many good friendships throughout the world.
What has been the highlight or low point of the last 12 months?
I try not to think in terms of high and low points, but I disappoint myself sometimes.
What are you working on now apart from the album?
We are working with Andrew Kidman on Spirit of Akasha (A new film and soundtrack celebrating 40 years of Morning of the Earth).
What’s next ?
Lunch! Then, longer term, I have a tour coming up in April on the west coast of the US.
Who are you listening to now ?
My daughter Lee Ann is playing the ukulele. I try to keep up on the new music, but I’ve been partial to older sounds.
Tom Curran is making a surfing clip this week and playing the Hotel Great Northern on Friday.