London-based Rock-Country-Soul duo CURRAN recently released a brand new 2020 mix for ‘Better Days’, the second single to be lifted from their debut EP ‘Lonely Road of Faith’. We talk to Mark Curran about why his band is “The best kept secret in Rock ‘n’ Roll” and discuss their plans for the rest of the year
For those unfamiliar with CURRAN, can you tell us how, when and where you were formed and who’s in the band?
CURRAN is primarily myself and Jam. We’ve been touring the last few years as an acoustic duo. Jam and I met a few years ago, and realised that we shared a lot of the same ideas and goals as far as music went. We started writing and there was instant chemistry, then we played the Isle of Wight festival and never looked back.
You released your debut EP ‘Lonely Road of Faith’ at the end of November last year, what are the songs on the record about?
Life, love, loss of love, and hope. I write what I know about. In these troubled times, more than ever, I think people turn to music to get away from the world, or to help them cope, so I always try to write the optimistic line.
Your single ‘Better Days’ has got a distinctive Bon Jovi-esque sound to it – who are your other musical influences?
Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Waylon Jennings, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock. There’s not much of the ‘new stuff’ on my playlist. I always go back to the great storytellers, they still sound as good today as ever.
Your hometown is listed as New Jersey via Ireland – where are you currently based?
I was born in Ireland, and my family moved to New Jersey when I was five. I am currently living in London.
What were you doing before the birth of CURRAN?
I was touring around America as a solo artist. I’ve always been playing, paying the dues.
You describe yourselves as “The best kept secret in Rock ‘n’ Roll!” – can you elaborate on that?
We’ve been very lucky over the last couple years, we’ve got to tour with some really big names; The Cadillac Three, Kiefer Sutherland, The Quireboys, but we’re still not mainstream. There are not many acts that do what we do. We’re the band you don’t want opening for you… LOL!
How hard is it to make music that still sounds fresh, modern and relevant to today’s audiences?
A good song is always relevant. I think if you write from the heart and are true to yourself you can’t go wrong. The definition of “modern” changes by the minute these days, so again, don’t chase a trend, just write a good song.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
Well we’re looking for a new agent, so the touring plans are a little quiet at the moment, but we’ve begun work on the next EP. We really want to get back out on the road and are working very hard on some dates.
If you could go on tour with any band, who would it be and why?
Thin Lizzy. I would have loved to hang out and talk with Phil and get to witness them on stage.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Kip Moore – can’t get enough of that guy!
Mark Curran – Lead Vocals
Jam Moncur – Lead Guitar
Watch the official music video for ‘Better Days’ here: https://youtu.be/g1G8pOAmNFA