THE INCURABLES (Detroit, MI)
Emerging from the primordial ooze of the Detroit suburbs, the THE INCURABLES blend the sounds of the 60’s British Invasion and psychedelic era with the guitar-driven energy of New York's CBGB power pop/punk scene of the late '70s and early '80s and deliver it with a passionate sense of fun that's uniquely their own. Consisting of cousins Ray and Darrin Lawson on bass guitar and drums, along with their lifelong friends Pat Kelly and Dennis Pepperack on guitars, The Incurables have been sharing the stage together for decades – literally since the lineup coalesced in high school, with Pat and Ray having been inseparable friends since kindergarten. Since then, the band has graced stages across the US and as far abroad as Germany, The Netherlands and the UK, on tours and as openers for the likes of Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, and Steppenwolf. And for all the miles and all the accolades, there's a sense in the mid-202os that the story is just beginning for this seasoned band of all-but-literal brothers with the sound that's just as infectious as their name implies.
It's not an overstatement to call The Incurables local legends: they've got a recording history stretching back to the early '90s and remain a potent live draw with their signature harmonic, upbeat, guitar-driven garage rock to this day. They shine onstage, with their high energy live performances and their gift for humor-fueled audience participation winning them new fans each time out. It doesn’t matter if it’s in front of a concert crowd or an intimate club setting... the band performs with the same intensity and passion fueled by their love of music. Not driven by fads or the flavor of the week, their style continues to evolve with an eclectic mix that lands between the sounds of chainsaws on a chalkboard and angels giggling in the wind.
If there are no second acts in showbiz, it's a good thing that The Incurables' first act has never ended. And while it's well-nigh unprecedented that a band with its original lineup intact after three decade becomes a “breakthrough artist,” this band has defied expectations all along and that's just what's been happening over recent years. Through a run of singles, many of them on Big Stir Records, the boys have found much success infiltrating radio stations worldwide, increasing their global fan base with airplay on Little Steven’s Underground Garage, Rodney Bingenheimer, Lord Litter, There Once was a Note, The Heritage Chart, and countless independent and streaming stations (even hosting their own weekly themed show on Canada's KB Radio). The new material, originals and covers alike, has played out to an ever-widening audience who's never had a chance to get their hands on band's hard-to-find back catalog, and they've all been asking one thing: when can we get a full-length records from our new favorite band?
As we round the bend in 2024, the answer is at hand: the new album INSIDE OUT & BACKWARDS will ring in the new year as The Incurables officially join the Big Stir Records roster. Already announced by the roar of the new single “When I Grow Up,” the album also features the hits you know – “Far Away,” “Soda Pop,” “Back Into Eloise” and “Funhouse”, all part of the band's unrelenting run of irresistible singles that've been riding the airwaves since 2020 – and hits yet to be. It's ten tracks of powered-up pop rock that answer the question: where can you find a band that hits the sweet spot between The Stooges and The Romantics? Only in Detroit, of course... and the name of that band is THE INCURABLES.
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The latest compilation of our Singles Series covers the music of the turbulent months of October and November of 2020. Track list: THE A-SIDES: 1. mylittlebrother: Howl (Harris) 2. Nick Frater: California Waits (Frater) 3. October Surprise: Paris 1919 (John Cale) 4. Whelligan: Rabid Hole (Whelligan) 5. The Incurables: Funhouse (Lawson/Kelly/Lawson) 6. D.F.E.: I Say We Take Off And Nuke The Site From Orbit (Broome/Bulbenko) 7. NPFO Stratagem: Back Off Boogaloo (Harrison/Starkey) 8. Popdudes: O-o-h Child (Vincent) 9. The Speed Of Sound: Radio Safe (Armstrong) 10. Allyson Seconds & Anton Barbeau: Tie My Laces (Barbeau) 11. Icecream Hands: No Weapon But Love (Icecream Hands)
THE B-SIDES: 12. mylittlebrother: Song About Amsterdam (Harris) 13. Nick Frater: The Afterparty (Frater) 14. October Surprise: (Just Can't See) The Attraction (Broome/Bulbenko) 15. Whelligan: Anyone Who Never Had A Heart (Whelligan) 16. The Incurables: Muskrat Love (Ramsey) 17. D.F.E.: Yellow River (Christie) 18. NPFO Stratagem: Nazi Punks Fuck Off (Lounge Hallucination Version) (Biafra) 19. Popdudes: Share The Land (Cummings) 20. The Speed Of Sound: No Kicks (Armstrong) 21. Anton Barbeau & Allyson Seconds: Octagon (Barbeau) 22. Icecream Hands: Can You Feel My Love (Icecream Hands)
Track List: THE A-SIDES: 1. The Incurables "Far Away" (Ray Lawson/Pat Kelly/Darrin Lawson) BSDS-0071A, May 1 2020 2. The Ex Quaranteens “We’ll All Drink Alone Together” (Cushinery/Glickman) BSDS-0071.5, May 2 2020 3. Anton Barbeau & Kenny “Land of Economy” (Barbeau) BSDS-0072A, May 8 2020 4. The Corner Laughers “The Calculating Boy” (Karla Kane) BSDS-0073A, May 15 2020 5. Broken Arrows “The Worst Of The Rest” (John Chevalier) BSDS-0073.5A, May 16, 2020 6. Rick Hromadka “Searchlight” (Hromadka) BSDS-0074A, May 22 2020 7. Nick Frater “Intro” (Frater) BSDS-0074.5A, May 23 2020 8. Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers “If Romance Is Dead Then I Want To Be Dead Too” (Pacey) BSDS-0075A, May 29 2020 9. The Forty Nineteens with Tony Valentino “Late Night Radio” (Valentino/Markell) BSDS-0076A, June 5 2020 10. Empty City Squares “Parmenides” (Fotiadis) BSDS-0077A, June 12 2020 11. Kai Danzberg & Dear Stella “Let Him Go” (Danzberg) BSDS-0078A, June 19 2020 12. The Vapour Trails “Strange” (Robertson/Roberston) BSDS-0079A, June 26 2020
THE B-SIDES: 13. The Incurables "Soda Pop" (Ray Lawson/Pat Kelly/Darrin Lawson) BSDS-0071B, May 1 2020 14. BSDS-0072B Anton Barbeau & Thrust “Please Look At My Teeth” (Barbeau) BSDS-0072B, May 8 2020 15. Agony Aunts “Countless Psalms” (KC Bowman) BSDS-0073B, May 15 2020 16. Broken Arrows “When I Was A Boy” (Dave Storms) BSDS-0073.5B, May 16 2020 17. Rick Hromadka “Dreams Of A Hippy Summer” (Hromadka) BSDS-0074B, May 22 2020 18. Nick Frater, “Say What You Like (Say It's Alright)” (Frater) BSDS-0074.5B, May 23 2020 19. Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers “Love Does” (Pacey) BSDS-0075B, May 29 2020 20. The Forty Nineteens “Crocodile Tears” (Pozza) BSDS-0076B, June 5 2020 21. Empty City Squares “History Rhymes” (Fotiadis) BSDS-0077B, June 12 2020 22. Kai Danzberg “Let Her Go (2019 Demo)” (Danzberg) BSDS-0078B, June 19 2020 23. The Vapour Trails “A Bit More Fire” (Robertson/Robertson) BSDS-0079B, June 26 2020
Big Stir Records is thrilled to kick off 2024 with a blast of rock and roll energy direct from Detroit: the label debut album INSIDE OUT & BACKWARDS from garage-pop-punk heroes THE INCURABLES. Featuring the new single “When I Grow Up” and no fewer than four more recent hits fresh from the global airwaves, it's ten tracks total in under 34
Big Stir Records is thrilled to kick off 2024 with a blast of rock and roll energy direct from Detroit: the label debut album INSIDE OUT & BACKWARDS from garage-pop-punk heroes THE INCURABLES. Featuring the new single “When I Grow Up” and no fewer than four more recent hits fresh from the global airwaves, it's ten tracks total in under 34 minutes, placing the Michigan quartet firmly in the lineage of The Ramones and The Clash (with a touch of hometown heroes The Stooges). It's out on CD and streaming worldwide on January 19 and up for pre-order/pre-save now:
Absolutely legendary on the local live scene, THE INCURABLES have been commanding stages and issuing now hard-to-find indie records with the same high-school-forged lineup – cousins Ray and Darrin Lawson on bass and drums, along with their lifelong friends Pat Kelly and Dennis Pepperack on guitars – for over thirty years. The reason for their sudden ascendance to the global pop-rock airwaves after all those decades is clear both sonically and thematically on the lead single, the forever-young anthem “When I Grow Up”: this band of brothers refuses to act their age. The track is one of five on INSIDE OUT & BACKWARDS – an album the band calls “a ten-track intermission from reality that plays like an all-access pass to a mid-western carnival” – that've already won The Incurables a whole slew of new fans as hits on pop-rock radio and playlists worldwide, and there's an equal number of brand new rough-hewn gems to balance them.
The tunes come in as many flavors as “Soda Pop”, to namecheck their sly celebration of a sweet beverage by whatever regional name you know it. There's the soaringly aching “Back Into Eloise” (hooks, crunchy guitars and a girl's name: yep, it's power pop), the menacing “Funhouse,” the album's clearest nod to Iggy's enduring influence, and “Far Away,” an instantly classic pop-punk putdown/singalong. The only thing you won't find here is a ballad – not surprising from a foursome that's managed to transform the likes of “Wonderful Tonight” and “Muskrat Love” into fist-pumping rockers for the ages.
If we're talking Detroit rock, The Incurables' blend of melody and muscle lands them squarely between The MC5 and The Romantics. The rest of the album's tracks, including the future single “When You” and the scathing “Go Away,” are delightfully cut from the same cloth, each taking a different angle on the trials of life and love and hammering them home with equal parts heart and power. Hearing them, it's hard to believe that it's taken this long for THE INCURABLES to achieve the breakthrough they've always deserved. But the payoff is that they've done so by sticking to their youthful blueprint and honing their chemistry to the garage-rock point of perfection. No, they're not going to grow up... and as long as they keep creating music as vital as INSIDE OUT & BACKWARDS, we can only hope they never do.
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Expected release: January 19, 2024