A Cursive Memory singer-guitarist Shaun Profeta says that “music has been in my life, and the other guys’, all our lives.” But there were other paths the four Southern California rockers could have taken.
Profeta, 18, was a hotshot baseball player who could “definitely see myself playing in college.” Fellow singer-guitarist Colin Baylen, who’s also 18, was a soccer player with a 4.0 grade point average. Bassist Mark Borst Smith, 19, was into basketball, and drummer Dillan Wheeler, 20, was already in college when he joined the band.
“We definitely had a life set out for each of us if the music thing didn’t work out,” Profeta notes. “But (music) was each of our passion and what we care most about, so once the band started rolling we decided to run with it.”
A Cursive Memory released its debut album, “Changes,” in February, with a single, “Everything,” that’s doing well on MySpace. The album’s title, according to Profeta, was inspired by the wake of the quartet’s decision to focus on music.
“It applies to not only the sounds on the album changing from song to song,” he explains, “but to a lot of changes we had going on in our lives, inside the band and outside the band. It just seemed appropriate.
“And it’s funny reading some of the reviews. People think it’s a pretentious title, but all it was about is changes we went through in our lives at that point in time, nothing else.”
A Cursive Memory performs Thursday (March 20) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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