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Some early shows with Karnats in the line-up also featured guitarist Frederick Blasco, as Curtis wanted to see how the band sounded as a quartet. But since every band Curtis has been involved with has been a three-piece, he ultimately decided to keep The Secret Machines a trio.
"Josh and I even decided to self-title our new CD because we felt as if we were stripping things down to their bare essence," says Curtis. "To me, the music on the new one feels radical, but people tell me that it just sounds like a Secret Machines record."
As he speaks about the expected October release, Curtis' confidence is nearly contagious; he's not bashful about brandishing praise for his own band. To his credit, though, Curtis' bravado is backed up by his band's music.
"The Secret Machines is singular, wherever it would be," says Curtis. "In New York, there is no other band like us, and in Dallas, I don't think there has ever been a band like us."