According to Webster’s Dictionary a cur is a mean mongrel dog.
Here in Eastern Iowa, it’s also a rock band that thrives on playing their hard-rocking original songs live and loves playing off the audience’s energy. As a result, when the audience is quieter, nights are more subdued. But most nights the crowd are on their feet, swept up in the band’s maniacal energy.
Cur has a 90s thrash vibe with a progressive melodic sensibility, topped off with a penchant for snaky changes, and served with a side order of New York hard-core. Kind of like Metallica in their hey day meets Carcass meets Coroner meets Prong. Cur executes their music at a high level of precision and tight execution.
Where did they come from? A couple of years ago, Ed and Paully were putting together a new metal band, having played together in a band that disbanded about a year earlier. A singer, Danny Persico, a metal vocalist, was the natural fit for the new group. Mike, a drummer from Iowa City, tried out, put the absolute smack down on the kit, and the band was complete.
Cur doesn’t venture out of the Corridor too much, playing at places like Tornados, Stashed, 1st Avenue Live and Shockwave. They hit Iowa City when they can, but they seem to be lighting up Cedar Rapids most of the time.