Posted in music on December 30, 2013

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Benjamin Curtis

School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis, who was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma earlier this year, has unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, reports Dallas Observer. He died last night in New York at the age of 35.

Benjamin was a member of UFOFU in the '90s with his brother Brandon, and after that he drummed in Tripping Daisy, formed Secret Machines with his brothers, and then formed School of Seven Bells with Alejandra Deheza of On! Air! Library! in 2007. The band was active up until this year, playing shows and releasing music, most recently 2012's Ghostory LP.

Many artists played tribute shows for Benjamin over the course of this past year, including Blood Orange, Exitmusic, Rewards, Paul Banks, Albert Hammond Jr. and others.

Rest in peace, Benjamin. You'll be missed.

Read an official statement from School of Seven Bells along with a video below...

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS

Dear friends,

Last night, Dec. 29th 2013, we lost our friend and brother Benjamin Curtis to his fight against cancer.

While we had hoped to delay this announcement until a more suitable time when his friends and family could feel better prepared and settled to greet any correspondences from folks attempting to reach out, unfortunately the news has prematurely leaked. So we felt it would be appropriate to at least offer an official acknowledgement from us, in light of all the fans who loved and supported Benjamin and his music.

We kindly ask that his immediate family, friends & bandmates' privacy be respected during this time, and that instead, any inquires, well wishes, or notes-of-consolation be sent through School of Seven Bells' management, where it can be shared with them at the suitable time. They can be sent to a special e-mail address here: sviib@wizkidmanagement.com

If relevant, further information will be made available through the suitable channels in the near future.

We can't thank all of you who supported him and his music through the years enough. All of you who attended or participated in the various benefits in and around New York City over the past year since his diagnosis, and of course those who contributed and gave generously to help support him throughout that journey. You made it possible for all of us, and for him, to see how truly loved he was and how many lives he had touched through his music by your gestures. We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever.

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Comments (44)

Very sad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 6:59 PM

I didn't really care for this band, but Benjamin was only human and to be taken so young is really an unbearable tragedy. RIP Benjamin. Thoughts to you, you bandmates, and your fans.

Posted by Amrit | December 30, 2013 7:02 PM

The Secret Machines in the round at Irving was my first ever concert. fucking heartbreaking.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:05 PM

Wondered what happened to SM. Saw them a couple times and wondered why they didn't gain more popularity. I think they were a little before their time. They sound a lot like what indie music fests are filled with.

Posted by Nsfw | December 30, 2013 7:07 PM

Secret Machines in the round at Warsaw was probably about my 1,000th show and the show still just blew me away.

RIP man - shred it up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:20 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:20 PM

DAMN. RIP. This blows, having seen him play with SoSB three times - it makes it incredibly tough to swallow seeing someone in the prime of their life with so much talent be taken down by cancer. All the prayers for his family and friends.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:20 PM

blowing all the other kids away

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:21 PM

Really bummed out reading this. :[

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:33 PM

Cancer blows. I didn't know this guy and never heard his music, but I do know that cancer blows. This I know firsthand.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:34 PM

I could care less about school of seven sucks balls..I'll remember BC for The Secret Fucking Machines, sucks that band went to the wayside and sucks BC died too soon, I was hoping for a TSM brotherly reunion

Posted by gimme | December 30, 2013 7:37 PM

Dear BV,

Thank you. I saw that you just removed the troll's terribly offensive and heartbreakingly awful comment. ALl for free speech, but the comments on this site are getting so out of hand these days. Nobody even comments on the music. It's all the other superfluous bullshit that really means nothing in the end.

Regards.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:41 PM

Really BV. Can you disable comments out of respect for him & family.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:42 PM

Trolling is fun. Hate is not.

Like Alan Alfa said in Crimes And Misdemeanors "If it bends it's funny; if it breaks it's not funny"

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:43 PM

Amen 7:41, glad to see these corrections. Trolling crosses a line when the news is on the matter of one's passing, which only warrants dignity, sympathy, and reverence.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 7:49 PM

Secret Machines in the round at Warsaw was one of my first shows ever in NYC. It blew me away. That band meant a lot to me. Such sad news!

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 8:08 PM

I'm sad and crying

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 8:13 PM

RIP... 35, so unfair

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 8:28 PM

Loved Secret Machines.

I Hate Pretending is an amazing song.

Sad news. Rest in peace...

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 8:40 PM

Fuck cancer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 8:56 PM

A boy waiting by the phone...alone, jealous, and stoned.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 9:00 PM

I saw them at MHOW in January and just days later he was diagnosed. Incredibly sudden, heartbreaking loss. But his music will live on forever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 9:00 PM

The machines were probably my favorite band of the last decade... was hoping Ben would come to his senses and ditch that poseur pop and come back for another machines record. Too bad it'll never happen.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 9:21 PM

Yeah really couldn't get into Seven Bells but all 3 SM albums are great in their own way. My rib cage is still rattling from Garza's drums first time I saw them live. Incredible musicians. RIP Brandon.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 9:49 PM

^ all four I mean. Forgot about September 000

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 9:53 PM

SVIIB had/has put out some amazing material and it was only getting better with each new release. Regardless of what everyone's personal preferences are for his output, we lost a bright star from today's musical landscape. This really sucks to have to say, but, good bye Benjamin. You will truly be missed.

Posted by Erik | December 30, 2013 11:04 PM

Really sad news. Not familiar with SSB but Secret Machines were great.

RIP, Benjamin.

Posted by Anonymouse | December 30, 2013 11:28 PM

this is so incredibly sad
A talented individual taken far too soon

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2013 11:35 PM

Damn. I saw Seven Bells once and they were awesome. RIP & sympathies to his friends & family.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 12:22 AM

Gotta admit, it's nice seeing all these TSM fans come out of the woodwork. I feel like that band meant a lot to anyone who was able to really get into their amazing, out of their time period sound. Loved SSVIIB as well. Benjamin Curtis was a real fucking musician, and by all accounts a good man as well. Still reeling.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 1:18 AM

Ugh, just put on school of seven bells first album on right now because shit.. RIP yo

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 3:00 AM

Saw Secret Machines with TV on the Radio at North Six in 2003 or 2004. Damn, 35 is too young.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 4:14 AM

Much respect for a fine, creative musician.

Posted by ME | December 31, 2013 6:32 AM

Secret Machines put out an EP called The Road Leads Where It's Led. There's a cover of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks that is just amazing. RIP Benjamin. I am 9:49 from last nite. My apologies, I accidentally wrote Brandon.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 9:12 AM

SM in the round @ Warsaw collectively melted everyones faces off that night, was unreal. RIP Benjamin, great musician, great band, very very sad news

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 9:47 AM

rip

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 9:49 AM

Some more great shots of Ben and the band... RIP... http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/01/school_of_seven_22.html

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 12:21 PM

RIP Too young by far.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 12:58 PM

Casting a vote for NO COMMENTS when people die posts.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 1:03 PM

i really liked secret machines. saw them at McCaren pool when it was still a venue. saw them at Irving a few times, and Warsaw in the Round too. always a great show. very talented guy gone way too soon. hoping he is in a better place without pain and fear of cancer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 2:14 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 3:23 PM

Casting a vote for COMMENTS when people die posts.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2013 4:43 PM

just as Francis answered I can't believe that you able to profit $8636 in one month on the internet. find more information... T­E­C­8­­0.C­O­M

Posted by Suzanne D. Burton | January 1, 2014 5:12 PM

Saw what I believe was the first Secret Machines show, at The Cooler in Jan 2001, playing with Surface of Eceon (who were billed in the papers as Yume Bitsu). Amazing band, amazing night-- they had me scouring the internet for info. I remember all I could come up with were some poor quality mp3s of Captain Audio stuff. RIP Benjamin, thanks for the music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2014 9:45 AM

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