Curiosity

Curiosity

BandJazzGothic

Gothic Lolita Industrial Jazz Music

Biography

Curiosity is a Chicago-based female-fronted solo project which began in 1995, performing Gothic Lolita Industrial Jazz music. The act seamlessly combines gothic Victorian themes, frilly dresses and Japanese influences with a dark electronic cabaret style to create a beautifully designed nightmare, characterized by electronic beats and powerful vocals. Curiosity herself is a multi-instrumentalist, writing and playing all the music on her songs. A demo of the track "Vitamin Sugar" was featured on a CDNow Unheard? contest compilation in 1997. Her first album, "The Forced Magician," was released in 2004 and is available on CDBaby and iTunes. Curiosity dresses in the poofy, lace-covered Japanese Gothic Lolita style of fashion. She speaks fluent Japanese, with some of her songs containing Japanese lyrics intertwined with English. The live shows are a flurry of synthesized beats, explosive vocals, and Mini Super Dollfies. Author Warren Ellis described Curi thusly: "She has a big, smoky, whisky-sharp voice: like Tom Waits if he were an angry 24-year-old woman preoccupied with Doom and Hate. Her best songs, like 'Exist' and 'Play With Us,' are just apocalyptic, all crunch and yell and bad love and wrong romance."

Lyrics

Play With Us

Written By: Curiosity Valentine

Is your life eccentric, tantric or confusing today?
Do you see stories where others see death and dismay?
Well I know what you mean (I have been there before)
And I know that we'll win (I have been there before)
If your unfulfilled lifestyle's untimely unjust
Then come out and play with us
Are you now frightened that no one can jive with your scene?
Do those who are enlightened come off as incredibly mean?
Well hey, that's okay (I have been there before)
Fine for us anyway (I have been there before)
Don't obsess with the process of falling to dust
Just come out and play with us
I have lived, I have lived, I have lived, I have lived under much scrutiny
I could cope, I could cope, I could cope, I could live alone but hey, that's just me
We could head back to Kansas but we're much too awake
And that sin retribution it never did take
So make all the friends that you think you can make
There's gotta be three billion plus
To come out and play with us
Sorry my son, I know it's been confusing today
It's like a cold shower when you've done a lot of cocaine
So step right this way (I have been there before)
This won't hurt, so they say (I have been there before)
I doubt you'll need as long as it takes to adjust
So come out and play with us
I can feel, I can feel, I can feel, I can feel the finale is near
There'll be, there'll be, there'll be, there'll be those who wished they weren't here
If my menial message is crystalline clear
If I'm brutally honest, but deathly sincere
If I've only said one thing you think you can trust
Then come out and play with us

Hardwired

Written By: Curiosity Valentine

Leave a message 'cause your evil wanted to roam
You get it, he's not home
Everything you know is hardwired into your brain
But I'm glad you came
Your messy little lunatics have been up to their dirty tricks again
If you'd like to make a call then bash in your phone
There's nobody home
There is a plan
I haven't seen it
But I believe it
So we argue
If I could prove
That it would go through
That's what I would do
For you
Sharp as scissors or the pointy part on a tack
Yeah, I got that
Does some sorrow due to questioning get you blue?
Well I refuse to ask you
Your tiny heathen heretics are learning how to get their fix anew
Check the number and make sure to dial again
Wait for the tone, my friend
There is a plan
I haven't seen it
But I believe it
So we argue
If I could prove
That it would go through
That's what I would do
For you
Some of your children crept on down to see me
They were saying it was nice to meet me
Your succubi and demon men are gnawing at my heels again
I'll always say it could be worse
But this is one of my first
I promise that it's easier too
For you to make the first move
And when your life has gone from bored to lonely
I altogether guess you're glad to know me
There is a plan
I haven't seen it
But I believe it
So we argue
If I could prove
That it would go through
That's what I would do
For you
Everything you know is hardwired into your brain
But I'm glad you came

Exist

Written By: Curiosity Valentine

Cautious and quick, one kick
He falls on his way down
Calls to the sky "Oh God"
But the bitch didn't hear him
Fell on his head and lived
Through some sort of conquest
Says to a man, "It's all planned"
I guess you know the rest
I used to feel that way
But that was a long time ago
I used to be that good
But I don't remember
There was a girl in their world
Opposite of daring
Thought there was a judgment day
Spent her life preparing
And she was hit so quick
By my bolt of lightning
So why are the good ones too
Subject to such smiting
I used to feel that way
But that was a long time ago
I used to be that good
But I don't remember at all
I used to exist, thought it was worthless
I used to plan for a day I'll never see
I used to pretend I had no revenge
I used to think they wouldn't want me
I used to apply what you got when you died to my way of life and it's meaning
But it was useless, they tanked my essence, they told me my core needed cleaning
I used to feel that way
But that was a long time ago
I used to be that good
But I don't remember at all
I used to feel that way
I used to be that good
But I don't remember at all

Akeley

Written By: Curiosity Valentine

Akeley I was mistaken you knew me well
There is a poisoned orchard somewhere in hell
I'm far too facile, you're too austere
When you say misery I take it you mean fear

Akeley I've sent remissions to no reply
In these strange aeons even death can die
The drinks are off, the underlight
Conclusions of another moonless night

Akeley I
I've checked into this stuff
Akeley I
Too much is enough
Akeley I
I've checked into this stuff
Akeley I
Too much is enough

Akeley they've found out about you
It's a sort of sign
I haven't felt this way since 1929
I'll get to you before you know
You'll realize this is just how these things go

Akeley I
I've checked into this stuff
Akeley I
Too much is enough
Akeley I
I've checked into this stuff
Akeley I
Too much is enough

Does it get any clearer yet
The government
I live behind curtains you can't get behind
Does it get any clearer yet
The government
I live behind curtains you can't get behind

Akeley let's get off together 'cause it's
It's been awhile
I heard your only weakness is an
Inverted smile
And if you're in, then do it quick
Who would've thought such distant pairs were concentric

Akeley I
I'm harder than rough
Akeley I
Too much is enough
Akeley I
I'm harder than rough
Akeley I
Too much is enough

Does it get any clearer yet
The government
All along

Better in Industry

Written By: Curiosity Valentine

Curse the hearse that brought me here
Curse the day and curse the year
Curse it all I've had enough
Curse the friends that met us up,
Curse the friends that met us up
And I've never felt this before
And I'm waiting for somebody
And I've never felt this before
And I'm waiting for somebody
My horoscope said I'm ten or ten twenty five
My horoscope said I'm better in industry
My horoscope said my moon is decentralized
My horoscope said I'm waiting for somebody
Been agonizing all this time
I thought about it, I'm just fine
Been agonizing all this time
I thought about it, I'm just fine
You never leave me
You make it so hard to die
Why don't you believe me
You make it so hard to die
Curse the hour, curse my bones
Curse the flower seeds I've sown
Curse the darkness, curse the light
Curse me thinking I was right
Curse me thinking I was right
And I've never felt this before
And I'm devil deep quantity
And I've never felt this before
And I'm permanent anarchy
My horoscope said I'm ten or ten twenty five
My horoscope said I'm better in industry
My horoscope said my moon is decentralized
My horoscope said I'm waiting for somebody
Been agonizing all this time
I thought about it, I'm just fine
Been agonizing all this time
I thought about it, I'm just fine
You never say it
You make it so hard to die
Why don't you replay it
You make it so hard to die
Been agonizing all this time
I thought about it, I'm just fine
Been agonizing all this time
I thought about it, I'm just fine

Tarpit

Written By: Curiosity Valentine

Do you remember the tarpit
Do you remember a band of ne'er do wells
Who crashed your party and cast all those cocktail spells
When all your dresses were half stitched
Do you remember the tarpit
Laws of sovereign witches coven in the oven something's coming
Do you remember the tarpit
Do you remember the subconscious sets of thieves
And when you said I'll never sit so well with these
But then you did and you liked it
Do you remember the tarpit
Drunken revel lowborn level doll disheveled and the devil
Do you remember the tarpit
Do you remember every single time you cried
When every whim you ever had was not supplied
You were so sure you deserved it
Do you remember the tarpit
Scrubbing skyclad with your washpad in the want ad stark raving mad
And I waited at the edge of it
So you could thoroughly admit
That you remember the tarpit
Do you remember the tarpit
Laws of sovereign witches coven in the oven something's coming
Do you remember the tarpit

Discography

The Forced Magician - LP released in 1999

Set List

The Curiosity setlist is 11 songs. Roughly 45 minutes in length, there are two covers, one in Japanese and one in English.

1. PLAY WITH US
2. AKELEY
3. THE REAL FOLK BLUES
4. ACCIDENT
5. YOUR SON IS FINE
6. VITAMIN SUGAR
7. UNION OF THE SNAKE
8. EUCHRE
9. TARPIT
10. BETTER IN INDUSTRY
11. HARDWIRED

Curiosity Valentine has played The Elbo Room, Underground Lounge, Heartland Cafe, GoJangle, Lilly's and Hotti Biscotti in Chicago, IL.