It always seemed like Beulah was just a break or two away from becoming more than just a San Francisco indie-pop band with a solid following. Former frontman Miles Kurosky has no interest in playing the bitter card six years after the group's dissolution, though. In fact, he's been taking Beulah song requests via Facebook for his current tour, which stops at Bottom Of The Hill on Thursday, April 8.
"I have nothing but love, admiration, and respect for my former band members--I consider them family," explains Kurosky, who says he decided to include oldies in the set to honor his fans' wishes, and because he's not sure how often he plans to tour. "Some folks are lifers and road warriors," he adds. "I'm neither."
After being sidelined by shoulder and kidney problems, Kurosky recently returned with his solo debut, The Desert Of Shallow Effects, which includes contributions from many former Beulahs. "However, keep in mind I spent hundreds of hours making this record, and each guy showed up for maybe an hour or two," clarifies Kurosky. "Sometimes just to hang out and have a beer, and then maybe play a guitar riff for kicks. Mostly I think they just wanted to hear what I was up to."
Kurosky's live band includes familiar faces Eli Crews and Patrick Abernethy, both of whom played with Beulah during the second half of its existence and will be opening with their Pancho-san project.
Kurosky now lives in Portland, but he doesn't expect for Thursday's homecoming show to stir up any uncontrollable emotions. "The real question is: Is San Francisco excited to see me?" asks Kurosky, who says that moving back to the city would be like "taking a bath in my own sentimental wash... Personally, I'm excited to see my friends, and maybe visit a favorite restaurant."
Here's hoping Kurosky's favorite digs are still in business, and that the Bottom Of The Hill crowd treats him like local royalty.
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