In the beginning stages of their latest tour, Surf Curse (comprised of members Nick Rattigan [lead vocals, drums], Jacob Rubeck [guitar], Noah Kohll [guitar], and Henry Dillon [bass]) is in Manchester preparing for the tour launch. The sleep deprived band is eager to share music from their latest album—Magic Hour—with fans, and their upcoming collection of live shows is positioned to do exactly that.
Hailing from Reno, Nevada, founding members Rattigan and Rubeck have opened themselves up creatively on this record—and with the inclusion of Kohll and Dillon—have delivered a more robust creative color palette than on any of their previous musical numbers.
When we connect over Zoom, the indie group dives into their collective history—from formation to latest record—their creative influences, what fans can expect on Magic Hour, and how cannabis plays a role in their live performances and helps them feel more connected to the music.
High Times Magazine: In terms of the music, did you always know you wanted to be performers or were there other paths along the way that led you to the present moment?
Noah Kholl: I was always set on the idea that I wanted to play music. Ever since I was probably two years old.
Henry Dillon: Probably ten years old for me. But, two? [Laughs]
Jacob Rubeck: I always wanted to be a musician, but when I was seven, I remember reading this Picasso book and wanting to be an artist. When I was ten, I wanted to be a chef. When I was twelve, I wanted to be a bartender and own my own bar. And then, I wanted to be a musician.
Nick Rattigan: I wanted to be a music journalist for the longest time and then I got forced into playing bass …
Author: Stephen Laddin / High Times