Home > Lifestyle > Entertainment > Music
Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 10:00:00 AM
Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 10:05:28 AM
by josh dickey
Founding member of Secret Machines loses battle to cancer.
BENJAMIN Curtis, the Dallas-based indie rock guitarist and drummer who was a part of the Secret Machines during their 2004 breakout Now Here is Nowhere, has died after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 35.
According to the Dallas Observer, Curtis died on the night of Dec 29 in New York.
Curtis, a native Oklahoman, was a staple in the Dallas music scene, where he and brother Brandon played for local band UFOFU in the mid 1990s.
Benjamin played drums for Tripping Daisy for a few years before the Curtis brothers re-teamed with Josh Garza to form Secret Machines, whose new take on space-rock was a critical darling in the mid to late Aughts. Though it never sold gangbusters, the band’s 2004 album Now Here is Nowhere made Rolling Stone’s list of overlooked gems from that year.
They opened for U2’s Vertigo Tour in Mexico in 2006; the Irish supergroup’s guitarist The Edge called Now Here is Nowhere “the last record he fell in love with” in an interview for the Uncut magazine.
Curtis left the band in 2007 to form School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza. He announced his diagnosis with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in February last year. – Reuters
Tags / Keywords:
Entertainment, Benjamin Curtis, The Secret Machine, obituary
Deputy Editor with The Star passes away
Pakistani ex-spy chief dies at 79
In memory of a great historian
'Fiddler on Roof' stage actor Theodore Bikel dies at 91
Former Johor rep dies of lung infection
Elderly couple’s home a mini-museum of all things patriotic
Plenty of colour – besides yellow – at Bersih 4
Visitors get free checkups at wellness campaign
Jobless woman happy to own a house
Fruity twist to Mid-Autumn fest
TalentCorp turns Malaysia’s brain drain to brain gain
Medical specialists urge more debate on gene-editing technology
Subra: Probe on doctor who photographed patient in labour completed
Federer romps, Murray quiets Kyrgios
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)