Interview with Addicted to Pain’s Leo Curley

Managing to combine the sounds of ‘80s era first-wave thrash and ‘90s era power metal, Albany, New York’s Addicted to Pain will appeal to a wide variety of heavy metal connoisseurs. Comprised of Leo Curley (vocals,guitar), Bob Horvath (bass), and Gregory Nash (drums), 2010 sees the trio unleashing their first-ever release – a self-titled four-song EP – which is available for purchase via iTunes, as well the group’s official site and myspace page. Recently, Curley talked about his love of the six-string with Guitarsite.

When/how did you get started playing guitar?

I had a dream I was Ace Frehley, so I had my plastic Kiss guitar at 8. I started taking lessons on a real electric at 12.

Who were your early influences?

Obviously my earliest was Ace. At 12 I saw Priest and Maiden together (‘Screaming for Vengeance’/‘Number of the Beast’ tours). That started it, Randy Rhoads ended it. He still can't be touched.

How did/when did your band form?

This version formed about three years ago when Bob (we've played together on and off for 10 years) and myself found Greg (drummer). We got together with another singer and guitar player that didn't work out. Bob and I said he's the guy we've needed for this three-piece. We tried two other times ,but not the right drummers until now.

Please discuss band's latest release + touring plans.

4 song self titled demo “ADDICTED to PAIN” produced, engineered, and mixed by Alex Perialas (Anthrax, S.O.D., Testament, Flotsam, Nuclear Assault, and on and on…). The best music of my career – pure, raw, and heavy. We're aiming for a September release date with some touring to follow. Also going back and completing a full length.

What type of guitars, amps, and effects do you use?

I am a Gibson man. I've played a lot of others but for tone there's no substitute. Right now I have a Les Paul traditional that crushes. I can't play anything else. For amps it's a Voo Doo modified 1st run Bogner Ubershall with Bogner cabs. The best tone I've ever had. Only effect is a Morley Bad Horsie wah. That's it, I like it simple. No endorsements yet so it's all my personal preference.

Who are some of your favorite modern day guitarists and why?

Tim Sult from Clutch. His tone and feel. He's the heaviest guitar player with the cleanest tone, he doesn't need a mountain of gain. Not to mention a real class act. The whole band is. I don't know if it's modern day but always loved Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies). A sound and feel all his own, you always know it's him. Anyone you can hear a few notes from and tell who it is gets a nod from me.

What advice would you give to other guitarists?

Learn what you need to learn, then forget it. Play from your heart.

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