Curtis Cunningham, a heavy hitting rock n roll drummer from Derry, Ireland joined Foul Play after Stephan Nelson (Foul Play’s former drummer) was kicked out of the band for having a girlfriend.
Foul Play has a strict “no girlfriend” policy.
Lucky for Curtis, his chances of getting back with his girlfriend (now x) are nil, because she has a restraining order against him, due to frequent eruptions of physical violence while drinking.
Bummed out about his situation, Curtis later realizes this was the foul blessing that catapults him into man-hood. The timing was eerily perfect – the same day Stephan Nelson was fired from Foul Play for being a kiss-ass wimp, Curtis’s girlfriend called 911 and unchained him for good.
Curtis, looking for a new gig and new ass, came across the classified ad in LA Weekly which read, “Wanted: Single Drummer for Foul Play”, and decided to audition, thinking he might get laid. He managed to stand out among the long line of drummers, not because he puked at the audition, but because of his suspenseful mono-rhythm drumming.
Foul Play checked his fingers for engagement rings, checked his phone for kissy-face txt-talk, and even made him produce the restraining order as documentation, confirming his “no girlfriend” status, before inducting him to play foul.
Foul Play has a strict screening process to weed out all fraudulent man-wanna-be, poser-sell-out sissies, in search of true, unwavering, non-conforming rockers for life. Challenged with how to drum the highly unorthodox Foul Play style while keeping a straight face, Curtis developed his trademark, loose back beat technique, masked by cascading cymbal rolls and pints of lager.
Curtis Cunningham’s violent outrage and dramatic, drunk-Irish drumming “play” is definitely “foul” and fitting for this band. Check back to hear Curtis’s ass-puckering rhythms on the new Foul Play album, “Life is Foul”, coming soon.