Benjamin Curtis of the band passed away last year at the age of 35
School Of Seven Bells‘ Alejandra Deheza has called the band’s forthcoming album, which features the final work of the late Benjamin Curtis, “the best one we’ve ever done”.
Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, which is on newsstands and available digitally now, Deheza said she intends to release the record, which was 75 per cent done when Curtis was admitted to hospital last year, in early 2015. “There’s plenty left to do but the songs themselves, so far as structure and lyrics go, are written,” she said.
Discussing the new album, she added: “It’s different and I think it’s the best one we’ve ever done. I know Ben was super proud of the progression he was making with production and the sounds he was creating. He was so excited for it to come out.”
School Of Seven Bells recently released the final song they worked on with Benjamin Curtis before he passed away last year. Curtis died in December 2013, aged 35, after a year-long battle with cancer. He recorded a cover of Joey Ramone’s ‘I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)’ with his bandmates using a laptop while receiving medical care in New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital. Listen to the song and watch its accompanying video below.
School Of Seven Bells released three albums, most recently ‘Ghostory’ in 2012. Curtis left Secret Machines, the band he played in with his brother Brandon Curtis, in 2007. Before that he featured in groups including UFOFU and Tripping Daisy.