Belcurve is from Austin originating from different parts of the US, bringing individual hometown influences to create their sound, which they call Progressive Power Pop. They fit in well and thrive in Austin because of their eclectic backgrounds, genre-range and lyrical themes.The band consists of Sarah Castro the mastermind behind it all (lead vocals, guitar), Matt Parmenter (producer), Andrew Solin (guitar), Charlie Anderson (bass, violin) and Rachel Fuhrer (drums). Listeners can hear the influence of contemporary song-focused rock bands in their recordings and on stage. They like to get creative with synths and spacey/acid guitar sounds and vocal harmonies that stretch them into Pink Floyd territory.
The album title for, These People in my Head, grew from a song title Sarah had in her lyric bank for years. “I felt that it was a nice peace offering I have with myself. If I just call it all out, and lay out my demons a little bit, the people in my head have less effect on me. All metaphoric of course.” The album was recorded at keyboardist, Matt Parmenter’s studio, Ice Cream Factory Studio, a professional studio he runs in a space which has been home to And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Paul Barker of Ministry, and many more. Having access to their own studio gave Belcurve the latitude to experiment and make their “songs grow in any direction we please.” They are able to dig in to find a new way to approach whatever’s not working and they have the freedom to stretch in a variety of directions, which helps create a truly unique sound.
The Austin music scene is inspiring and challenging with a strong sense of community, and almost as strong of a sense of competitiveness, which has challenged Belcurve to be better writers and performers. To Sarah, Austin has taught her how to be a real musician and how to be in a band and lead a band. “I feel like this town has formed me from just being a singer songwriter to being a band.” Sarah is inspired by the poet Douglas Malloch, who wrote, “... good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger wind, the stronger trees, the further sky, the greater length, the more the storm, the more the strength, by sun and cold, by rain and snow, in trees and men good timbers grow.”