Curtis passed away on December 29, 2013

Interpol‘s Paul Banks has paid tribute to late School Of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis.

Curtis, who was also in New York band Secret Machines, died on Sunday December 29, 2013, aged 35. In February 2013 it was announced that Curtis had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

Writing in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands or available digitally now, Banks remembers Curtis as a major talent who “was gentle and soft spoken and yet he always seemed to be alight”.

Banks (pictured inset) writes: “Benjamin was gentle and soft spoken and yet he always seemed to be alight. There was a fire inside him that came through as a powerful charisma on or offstage. He was special. I used to refer to him as ‘Mr Mojo’, to portray what I felt was his indelible magnetism.”

Banks adds that Curtis leaves “an incredible legacy. He will always be an inspiration for me and anyone else who was blessed to spend time with him, see him perform, or hear his music. In all of his endeavours he brought a signature presence – style, poise and fury.”

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