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Casual Curious / Press

" Opener Casual Curious play the kind of smooth 70s-style R&B that you don’t typically expect from a North Carolina band. Their stabs at downtown funk would feel equally at home over the opening credits of a blaxploitation flick as they did in a room full of self-consciously dressed white kids in the barely fire code-compliant space that was the Gibson Guitar Showroom on Saturday. Placing their sax lines way up front, both melodically and in their live mix, is a smart move for the band: even their instrumental numbers have a distinctive, lived-in feel that you don’t always get in vocals-free songs. "

"A Greensboro duo called Casual Curious made that clear as soon as its set began with an arresting combination of programmed loops and live drums, keyboards, and vocals. The drummer, James Crosson, was a Bonham-esque marvel of force and groove, while frontman T. Lee Gunselman was the mad scientist operating all the other elements behind a bank of synths and equipment, all while singing big, irresistible hooks. To call what they did synth-pop, or electronica-tinged rock, or anything else so vague and unappealing would do a disservice to Casual Curious’ muscular, densely textured and inventively arranged songs. If there’s any justice, the world will start paying attention to this band, and soon."