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The Curtains

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Years active  2000–2007
Members  Chris Cohen
Record label  Asthmatic Kitty Records
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Associated acts  Deerhoof, Cryptacize, Open City, Old Time Relijun, Nedelle Torrisi, Powerdove, Half-handed Cloud
Past members  Annie Lewandowski John Ringhofer Nedelle Torrisi Corey Fogel Greg Saunier Andrew Maxwell Jamie Peterson Trevor Shimizu Satomi Matsuzaki Jordan Dalrymple
Origin  San Francisco, California, United States (2000)
Albums  Vehicles of Travel, Flybys, Hit Car Tunes, Calamity, Fast Talks
Genres  Experimental rock, Electronics in rock music, Instrumental, Music of the United States
Similar  Cryptacize, Nedelle Torrisi, The Smallgoods, Monnone Alone, Je Suis Animal

The Curtains is an American Music group founded by Chris Cohen and visual artist Trevor Shimizu in San Francisco, California in 2000.



Their first three albums are mostly instrumental music which uses electric guitar, Moog Concertmate MG-1 and drums.

Initially influenced by film soundtracks, TV jingles, West Coast jazz, and early electronic music, The Curtains have slowly gravitated towards melodic vocal-based pop music.


Since 2002 The Curtains have released four full-length albums, one split CD, and several 7-inches on various labels, including a limited-edition lathe cut. The band's lineup changes often, with principal songwriter Chris Cohen being the only continuous member.

The Curtains toured the Western U.S. with Maher Shalal Hash Baz in 2004 and recorded as members of that band on the record Faux Depart. They have also opened for such bands as Red Krayola, Saccharine Trust, Young People, Joan of Arc, Glass Candy, The Dead C, Burning Star Core, Open City, Final Fantasy, and Beirut.


  • Fast Talks (Thin Wrist, 2002)
  • Flybys (Thin Wrist, 2003)
  • Make Us Two Crayons on the Floor (Yik Yak, 2004) split with Maher Shalal Hash Baz
  • Vehicles of Travel (Frenetic, 2004)
  • Calamity (Asthmatic Kitty, 2006)
  • Singles

  • "Athletes In the Stars" b/w "Watch for the Eliminator" (Snowy Visitor, 2000)
  • "Airplane Dives" b/w "Strive, Lifeforms, Strive" (Collective Jyrk, 2004) split with Ghost to Falco
  • "Go Lucky" b/w "World's Most Dangerous Woman" (Tomlab, 2006)
  • Songs

    Fast TalksFlybys · 2003
    Park WorkFlybys · 2003
    Green WaterCalamity · 2006


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