Curly Hair
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Curly Hair


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"Live review from Shunt"

"...later two people stand atop of a table and chair, one with a xylophone, one with a guitar, both barefoot. Curly Hair like to 'use the space', hence the unconventional positions they've taken for their last song. Previously from the stage, the duo endeared themselves to those present playing sweet twee pop songs about 11+ exams, living in dirty houses and siblings who can't say your name right. It's cute and endearing but not so much that it'll start to annoy you after the third listen. Back on their new elevated podiums Curly Hair finish off their set to warm applause before hopping down to let Thee Oracle take their place" - Kruger Magazine

"Ivy League EP review..."

“Brighton folk-pop duo Jessica & Ben are Curly Hair, members of the celebrated Willkommen Collective. Their brand of swoony, toe tapping, boy/girl anti-folk is both refreshing - and ironically spring-like as we plunge into the long deep winter nights. Indeed my heart was filled with spring joy by the opening track Blow the house down on their new Ivy League EP, from the optimistic organs, to the foot-stomping midnight chant-alongs, Jessica's successful bittersweet lament in the verse that turns into a head-bobbingly tuneful, choral chant. ‘Let's get cleanly!’ is at the other end of the aural spectrum - its swoony, twinkling, strum-alongs are given wistful form by Jess and Ben's intertwined melodies. It's the sound of a couple winding down for the night in a log cabin. Oh Brother is infectious, clip-clopping camp-fire Americana, given voice by the duo's southern English twang and la la la / do-you-remember-way-back-when? melodies, plus warm accordions. Curly Hair have the literate light/shade of Belle and Sebastian, the dark yet somehow bright twin melodies of The Moldy Peaches, and the promise of recent indie darlings Slow Club. But most of all, they've got rhythm, they've got style, and they've been eating their crusts, ‘cos they are Curly Hair - as in cute, melodic and a bit quirky, but not too sickly twee. Indeed with their Ivy League mini album released through Toy Soldier Records they've got the balance just right” - God is on the TV

"Ivy League EP review 2..."

“Putting on a Curly Hair song has the same rejuvenating effect as taking a midday walk in the park. There’s no disturbances, no irritating twats hurling their egotistical chants at you, just time allocated to wandering about and collecting your thoughts. The duo’s first release, a six track EP entitled Ivy League, has some organic, flowery illustrations on its cover and is refreshingly real and honest.
The twee, sing a’ long nature of their music belies the confidence and serious intent underneath. Curly Hair are not to be underestimated. Having set up their own label in Brighton, Toy Soldiers (which has incidentally signed Jonquil), recording their own songs and designing CD covers, they seem keen to keep control over their art. As a first for Curly Hair, the record avoids making a bathetic entrance or flogging a pointless statement; it’s satisfied in its handmade process, in the pleasure of playing and recording. Curly Hair set a resonant tone for themselves and their prospective label. If you see them busking somewhere around the country be sure to buy them a cup of tea and a sandwich” - Bearded Magazine

"Radio quote cuttings..."

"I love it, I absolutely love absolute delight!" - Marc Riley, BBC 6Music

"(Ivy League is) a really lovely little ep!" - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2

"My kind of band!" - Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio 1

"Very splendid indeed!" - Gideon Coe, BBC 6 Music

''So good, so good...every track on the EP is very good indeed'' - Jon Hillcock, XFM

(Ivy League is) a great listen and would make the world a happier place if everyone were to be commissioned a copy -
- Various Radio Stations


Curly Hair - Ivy League EP (Toy Soldier Records)
released: 28/09/09 recieved play on BBC Radio 1, 2, 6 Music, XFM, Ressonance etc

Curly Hair- Blow the house down single (Toy Soldier Records) Released: 28/09/09 recieved play on BBC Radio 1, 2, 6 Music, XFM, Ressonance etc

Fear of a Wack Planet - Brainlove Records compilation (featuring Curly Hair track 'Hully Gully')
released: 19/10/09



Curly Hair is Jessica and Benjamin. A creation born of spending an unhealthy amount of time together, the band is a natural extension of the pair. They make music akin to Belle & Sebastian and Slowclub.

The two had been playing music together in Brighton’s infamous Willkommen Collective (The Leisure Society, Miserable Rich, Sons of Noel and Adrian) for a year before they took refuge from a downpour in a charity shop on a rainy December day and Jessica discovered the perfect guitar (now named Tiny) to inspire the two to write songs together.

Running their own label Toy Soldier Records (previously Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 label of the week) with a handful of friends, this is a band that are into doing it themselves, from recording in Benjamin’s bedroom to making CD covers and stage banners.

Starting out with intimate house party and gallery shows, their live act is colorful and can involve as many as 6 extra Willkommen cast members lending their skills to the sound. The pair have recently expanded into a three piece, with Michael taking over percussive duties. They often indulge in cloaks, face paint and feathers onstage, making their shows exciting and fun.

Curly like to travel, and in the last few months have been playing anti-folk lineups in Berlin and Paris, also finding time to busk the streets while on tour, spreading their enchanting songs further than these shores. Time off on tour in the UK tends to involve
hay bailing and chasing lambs on farms in return for places to stay.

2009 has seen them release the Ivy League EP to critical acclaim and they've recieved tremendous support from Radio 1, Radio 2, BBC 6music & XFM in the UK, recently recording live sessions for Marc Riley at 6music and for John Kennedy's XFM show.