Story by Eric Cecil
"The song was conceived in New Orleans while I was tripping acid in a cemetery," laughs vocalist Erick Hughes. "The exact same one from Easy Rider. There was this gravestone for Julia Armant..."
And the rest is history. But Family Curse's "Julia Armant" is in the here/now, bub -- a rollicking post-punk paen for the alive/kicking sect, charged with Jordan Somers's wonky Fall-like bass and Hughes's own smirking, deadpan shout, inspired in no small part by a number of headstones the Owsley-eyed lyricist espied in St. Louis No. 1, NOLA's infamous gravesite.
"Julia" is the A-side of this Brooklyn foursome's upcoming single on Drawing Room Records, due out by the end of September. By all accounts, their live show's just as manic as those of Somers's and Hughes's previous outfit, the underrated Golden Error, so if you're in the area, check them out at at Pop Montreal (Sept. 24), where they'll open for a reunited (!) Les Sexareenos.
And while you're at it, don't forget to eyeball the video for "Julia Armant," composed by guitarist Ken Edge: