School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis R.I.P.

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Also enjoyed acclaim with Tripping Daisy, UFOFU and Secret Machines. He’s pictured above with So7B bandmate Alejandra Deheza. Below, watch their awesome car-chase video for “Scavenger,” from their 2012 album Ghostory.

 By Fred Mills

 Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells—not to mention the above-listed groups—passed away last night, December 29, in New York at the age of 35. He had been battling cancer following a diagnosis of T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

 The Dallas Observer reports, “Though a native Oklahoman, Curtis was a Dallas resident and treasured member of the local music scene from the ’90s well into the 2000s. In the mid-’90s, Curtis and his brother Brandon were members of local rock outfit UFOFU with Joe Butcher, before Ben left to spend a few years playing drums for Tripping Daisy. In 2000, the Curtis brothers started the spacey three-piece Secret Machines. Their debut full-length project, 2004’s Now Here Is Nowhere, broke nationally to much critical acclaim. It will long be remembered as a Dallas classic.”

 Later, Curtis moved to New York and put together School of Seven Bells, subsequently notching an impressive international reputation. After his cancer diagnosis was announced a host of indie rockers from across the nation took part in several fundraisers for the much-loved musician.

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