Much like their New York namesake, this Albany-based band hasn’t taken much of a rest. Originally from the Hudson Valley area, these five guys—ironically, all with four-letter names— have already shared the stage with the likes of Paramore, Badfish, Weerd Science, and The Features. Guerilla Magazine called The City Never Sleeps a “refreshingly hard-to-categorize rock outfit…unsigned, relatively new on the music scene, but undeniably catchy.”
Curt Mulick became a drummer after a telltale twist of fate, when his first 4th grade clarinet test resulted in being handed a pair of sticks and a practice pad. It’s okay, though—the only reason he wanted to play the clarinet in the first place is because a cute girl was playing it too. A few years later he met guitarist John Glenn (not the astronaut), who doubles as the band’s vocalist. Originally from Austin, Texas, his roots gave him a well-rounded background of film, theater and music. Along the way the two guys crossed paths with another great guitar/vocalist, Erik Flora, who—early on—had a similar musical fate as Curt. He was dying to be a saxophone player, but the instructor insisted his hands were to small and handed him a trumpet. Curt and John were already in a band with a bassist, but the triad joined forced with Erik in 2004 to form a band called “Fourfit.” In 2008, the band changed to their current named, The City Never Sleeps, and recorded their first EP.
After their bassist left the band for a career in law enforcement, Curt asked his friend Kyle Hatch to fill the newly vacant spot. Kyle tried many different instruments from an early age: from piano, to trombone, to guitar. Along the way, he found he had a real knack for improvisation. The final piece to the puzzle was found with Dave Parker, who happened to catch an acoustic set by John, Erik and Kyle when he was new to Albany. Dave was able to take over the bass position full time, allowing an easy transition for Kyle to switch to guitar and John to focus on vocals. Dave’s touring experience with bands such as Coheed & Cambria and producing/performance credits with Weerd Science have since brought such a wealth of knowledge and insight to the group.
Albany is no stranger to The City Never Sleeps, recently naming them “Best New Band” and voting them the “#1 Indie Rock Band” in the region according to the Metroland 2012 “Best of” issue and 2012 Readers Poll. The guys have secured regular rotation at many local stations (WEXT, WEQX, and WRPI) as well as other stations around the Northeast (WONY, WSUB-LP, and WFNP). Around the city, they have played 50+ shows and acoustic performances and have made strong connections with the local promoters. The band is currently expanding into the greater northeast in areas such as NYC, Montreal, the Hudson Valley, Oneonta, and Plattsburgh.
Between successfully raising funds on Kickstarter for a mini shuttle bus, releasing their sophomore album “Madison”, touring, and recording their next full length album; The City Never Sleeps’ are hardworking DIYers that will continue to grow.