Having played in several bands and touring throughout the US since, skipping college in the process, Cincinnati-based artist Curt Kiser adopted the moniker Carriers back in 2014. The project also works as a collective of friends, including Bryan Devendorf (The National) and John Curley (The Afghan Whigs), coming together to bring his sweeping rock visions to life.
Kiser found break out success with Carriers’ debut LP, Now Is The Time For Loving Me, Yourself & Everyone Else, released in the summer of 2019 drawing praise from Paste Magazine, Consequence of Sound and more. A testament to the power of self-reflection, the 9-track album evokes the same guitar-led grandeur of The War on Drugs as Kiser takes stock of life, death, relationships and gratitude for another day.
That same inward sense would become an all too real necessity in 2020 when Carriers returned with the aptly titled single, “Without You.” The homespun track marked Kiser’s first foray into home recording emboldened by support from American Songwriter and Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Rock.
As Kiser details, “Overall it’s about appreciating what we have and remaining present, while still being able to have an honest perspective of the past and our future. I’ve personally found a lot of peace in just working hard and staying focused on what I’ve got going on, trusting, rather than being consumed with striving. This record process has taught me a lot about patience. Life will continue to teach me to have more. I’m just trying to accept what happens and handle it the best I can. Patience is forever.”