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Published:September 12th, 2007 12:33 EST

Judyth Piazza chats with the Amazing Bill Curtner, The Black Math Experiment

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

The Black Math Experiment is a band from Houston, TX of questionable taxonomy founded by Bill Curtner. Since their inception in 2004, they have become one of the state's leading live acts, often compared to DEVO and The Pixies. The band consists of Curtner on guitars, Captain Mongo Nelson on bass, Brian Coleman on drums, and Christi Lain and her twin brother Jef With One F on vocals.

The band rose to notoriety with its 2005 release Fake Words and Signs From Space, which featured the shout-along sarcas-hymn “You Cannot Kill David Arquette”. Its subject met the song with great amusement, and he sent the band a box of gourmet cupcakes in thanks. In addition, “Laugh Track” became the theme music for the popular Dial-A-Joke segment on Kid Cast UK. The band spent the following year gigging around Texas, opening for luminaries like Peelander-Z and Gene Loves Jezebel, and working on their second album.

Last Transmission from the Blue Room was "a natural progression" according to David Cobb of Houston Calling, who reviewed the album just prior to its release in November of 2006, amid a flurry of print and radio appearances. The album's flagship single, “Ology”, was recently entered into the kindergarten curriculum of Hsinchu, Taiwan. Sadly, the album marked the end of keyboard player Chris Soliz tenure with the band. He left the group as a full-time member just after the album's completion to pursue other projects, remaining friends and an occasional collaborator.

March of 2007 saw the long-awaited meeting of David Arquette and Black Math. While on a grass roots promotional tour across the country for his film The Tripper, he asked the band set up an appearance in Houston. The result was a sold out performance at The Proletariat that had Arquette join the band on stage to sing along to his own anthem.

Now into their third year as a band, BME has raised to bar on live performance in Texas, adding an inflatable set, baptisms, Christmas presents, pinatas, and a patented toilet paper cannon to an already energetic show.

They were nominated for the Houston Press 2007 Music Awards in August of 2007, and have since lent their talents to the Music for Invisible Children and Children at Risk charities. Their latest album, All You Need is Blood, is due out on October 13 of this year.

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