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Local Rocker Christopher Owens Is Back

This time with his new band, Curls.


Ten years after founding the much-loved garage act Girls—and five years after unceremoniously ending it—San Francisco’s Christopher Owens is back with a new outfit, Curls. Owens, the enigmatic frontman who was raised in the Children of God cult before landing in the Bay Area and achieving critical acclaim, last released a solo album, Chrissybaby Forever, in 2015.

However, in 2016 his solo record deal wasn’t renewed, so in December, Owens joined drummer Cody Rhodes and bassist Luke Bace and began recording leftover tracks. Curls was born. “This is what I’ve been hoping for forever, and what never happened with Girls, for whatever reason—to meet other musicians who live in the same city and who you want to play with and work with,” Owens says.

The group’s first EP, Vante, which at times echoes Girls’ fuzzed-out garage pop aesthetic but leans more into country and western sounds, is due out this month. The group has five local dates scheduled, including Nov. 3 at the Chapel and Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 at Cafe du Nord


Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco 

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