December 31, 2013


School of Seven Bells' Benjamin Curtis Dead at 35

Jason Merritt/FilmMagic
Jason Merritt/FilmMagic

Sad news from the indie rock world: Benjamin Curtis of the NYC dream-pop outfit School of Seven Bells passed away on Sunday after battling lymphoma for a year. He was 35.

Before forming the fascinating School of Seven Bells in 2007, Benjamin Curtis fronted the excellent Texas psych/prog-rock band Secret Machines alongside his brother Brandon. Prior to that, he played in the Dallas collective that would eventually morph into the Polyphonic Spree. If you're unfamiliar with the Secret Machines, you should definitely check out their 2004 debut Now Here is Nowhere—it's a scorcher—and after that, revisit School of Seven Bells' impressive last album, Ghostory.

After news of Curtis' death leaked, School of Seven Bells released the following statement on their Facebook: "We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something we can keep forever."

R.I.P. Benjamin Curtis. And once again, f-ck cancer.