The Curse of Sorrow brings theatrical performance back to Old Tyme Charley’s
Sometimes a little time away is needed to gain some perspective. If you’re NEPA hard rock showmen The Curse of Sorrow, then a self-imposed hiatus was just what the doctor ordered.
The band, inactive for more than a year, is reuniting for an epic grave-rock (their self-branded punk/metal/rock hybrid) throwdown Oct. 30 at Old Tyme Charley’s in Plains. The band’s frontman, Nick Necro, said The Curse of Sorrow needed to press the reset button to survive.
“We really didn’t know what we wanted to do at that point,” Necro said of the band’s decision to take time off. “We were playing so much in the area that we were worried we were over-saturating, and that we weren’t bringing our best performance – not bringing anything new to the scene and to our act.”
Necro said the fun was not at optimal level, as he points out that having a great time onstage was a cornerstone upon which the band was formed.
“After so many years, it began to feel like a job,” he said. “That energy that we always had wasn’t there. So, we all decided it would be best to take a break.”
For the uninitiated, The Curse of Sorrow is one of the most intense, audience-conscious live acts this area has. Its origins date back to 2006 and the band released three studio albums; 2010’s “Only a Shadow Remains,” 2012’s “The Uninvited,” and ‘Six Feet South” – released around the time of the hiatus. The band is included on a nationally released Iron Maiden tribute CD that also featured members of Metal Church, Iced Earth and Judas Priest. They’ve garnered opening slots for acts like GWAR, Dope and Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna, and have cultivated an attention-grabbing image (does biker-goth work?) that its fans, affectionately known as the “crypt crew,” have embraced with open arms.
It’s that fan devotion that started the rumblings of the band becoming active again.
“Fans would ask us, ‘When are you guys getting back together?’ and we didn’t really know that we were getting back together,” Necro said. “This year, we finally decided to do this Halloween show. It was only supposed to be a show here and there, but now, I think we’ve all settled on the idea that we’re coming back full-force.”
What exactly is grave-rock?
“It formed itself, really,” Necro said. “When we first started writing together, a lot of our lyrics were based on the macabre aspects of life, and there was also some really quirky fun stuff like zombies – for those of us that were brought up on horror movies; that was the element we brought to it. As the years went on and we wrote new material, we stuck with that theme, because it felt right – what The Curse of Sorrow was born into.”
After the “comeback” show on Friday, The Curse of Sorrow is likely to enjoy simply being a band again, and reveling in that distinctive relationship the band has with fans.
“We’re not looking to break through or anything right now,” Necro humbly admits. “We’d love to get on that big tour like every band wants, but we really want to have fun in the process. We want to build friendships, we want to build memories, and see where it goes from there. There’s definitely a new energy here, and it’s a lot more fun performing with each other. The first practice we had when we got back together – I thought we sounded better than we ever have before.”
Necro notes that Friday night’s gig will be a special treat for fans, as the band has a thank you of sorts in store for the “crypt crew.”
“There’s some new material we’re going to be releasing at the show, there will be surprises – full theatrics,” he said.
The excitement over the prospect of a new found future for his band is real, and it’s evident in his voice.
“There is an unknown, raw, organic, feeling of unity in working on new music with these guys,” Necro tells. “There is just such a connection between the band, the fans, and even the venue owners now, that it’s almost like you’re getting back together with your family after not seeing them for so long. It’s going to be a good time.”
Mark is a Northeast Pennsylvania based music journalist who’s enjoyed interviewing legends like members of Iron Maiden, The E-Street Band and Hall & Oates, right down to the garage band next door — intrigued by a great musical story on any level.
If You Go:
What: The Curse of Sorrow with Silhouette Lies, Threatpoint and Mobday
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 30
Where: Old Tyme Charley’s, 31 S. River Street, Plains