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Singer Leila Banijamali and producer Kory Baugus formed Curse the Controls in 2005 in San Francisco. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2011, and blends emotionally-charged rock with romantic urban electronic themes.



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“We have a long history of designing web and video experiences for our clients. We’ve done full narrative video series, and rich media video campaigns. A music video gave us a format we hadn’t explored before. It also let us tap into our extended network of talent and offered a little more creative freedom than our larger client projects typically do. Supporting independent artists is right in line with our agency culture. Taking it on made perfect sense.”

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“The band’s music has a sound that is reminiscent of the music that became important to me when I first developed a deeper interest in visual storytelling, while also having a fresh energy that evokes new and emotionally visual ideas. My very first listen to their album made me feel extremely lucky that I was being given a chance to collaborate on a music video with Curse the Controls.”

Curse The Controls Privacy Policy

Effective on April 26, 2011

Curse The Controls, the provider of the Site (referred to as “us” or “we”), is committed to protecting your privacy online. This privacy policy (“Policy”) discloses Curse The Controls’ privacy practices for the CurseTheControls.com site and various related services (together referred to as the “Site”). This Policy applies to all site visitors, registered users, and Curse The Controls service subscribers. You acknowledge that this Policy is part of our Site Terms of Use (“TOU”), which is incorporated by reference, and by accessing or using our Site, you agree to be bound by all of its terms and conditions. If you reside outside of the U.S., your personally identifiable information will be transferred to the U.S., and processed and stored there under U.S. privacy standards. By using our Site and providing information to us, you consent to such transfer to, and processing in, the U.S. If you do not agree to these terms and the terms in our TOU, please do not access or use this Site.

Please read the information below to learn the following regarding your use of this Site:

Information that we Collect from you

Our primary goal in collecting information from you is to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized experience while using our Site. We may collect personal information from you when you engage in certain activities on this Site, such as signing up for our mailing lists, using or purchasing a service or product, entering a contest or sweepstakes, filling out a survey, or sending us an email or feedback and we may ask you to provide certain information about yourself in order to answer your questions and provide assistance. It is completely optional for you to engage in these activities and you may opt-out at any time by contacting us. If you elect to engage in these activities, however, we may ask that you provide us personal information, such as your first and last name, mailing address (including zip code), billing address (if applicable), email address, company name, authorized representative type of business, telephone and facsimile numbers, and other personal identifying information. When using or purchasing products or services on the Site, you may be asked to provide a credit card number. In addition to fulfilling your order, we may use personal information to contact you with administrative or Curse The Controls marketing notices, to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems and assess the needs of your business to determine suitable products, send you newsletters, and enforce our agreements with you, including our site TOU and this Privacy Policy. Depending upon the activity, some of the information we ask you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.

We may also collect information that does not, by itself, identify a specific individual. This information is compiled and analyzed on both a personal and an aggregated basis. This information may include the website’s Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) that you just came from, which URL you go to next, what browser you are using, and your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address.

Information Obtained about Third Parties

If you provide us with information about others, or if others give us your information, we will only use the information for the specific purpose for which it was provided.

Information Sharing

We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others. We may, from time to time, share aggregated demographic information with our business technology partners. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual Site user. We do provide some of our services through contractual arrangements with affiliates, services providers, partners and other third parties. We, and our service partners, may use your personal information to operate our Sites and to deliver their services. For example, we must release your credit card information to the card-issuing bank to confirm payment for products and services purchased on this Site; release your address information to the third party service provider to activate services that you subscribed to; and provide order information to third parties that help us provide customer service. These affiliates and third party service providers are not permitted to use personal information for any purposes other than to complete the order. We will encourage our service partners to adopt and post privacy policies. However, the use of your personal information by our service partners is governed by the privacy policies of those service partners, and is not subject to our control.

We may also disclose your personal information:

  • As required by law such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process;
  • When we believe, in good faith, that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request;
  • If Curse The Controls is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets. In such instances, you will be notified via e-mail and/or a prominent notice on our Site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information; or
  • To any other third party with your prior consent to do so.

Updating or Correcting your Personal Information

We believe you should have the ability to access and edit the personal information that you have provided to us and encourage you to promptly update your Personal information if it changes. You may access and correct your personal information and privacy preferences by contacting us with your request at: info [at] cursethecontrols [dot] com.

Choices regarding Collection, Use, and Distribution of your Information

We may, from time to time, send you e-mail regarding our products and services. For instance, We send all new Site registrants or subscribers a welcoming email to verify subscription. Established subscribers will occasionally receive information on products, special deals, and a newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our subscribers, we present the option to not receive these types of communications by way of our opt-out policy. At any time you can easily edit your account information or use our opt-out process described in this Policy to no longer receive such offers and mailings.


You may choose to discontinue receiving our marketing communications by following the unsubscribe link located within our e-mails or by contact us with an unsubscribe request at: info [at] cursethecontrols [dot] com.


The importance of security for all personal information associated with our user is of utmost concern to us. Your personal information is protected in several ways. Curse The Controls utilizes some of the most advanced technology for Internet security available today. Curse The Controls is hosted in a secure server environment that uses a firewall and other advanced technology to prevent interference or access from outside intruders. Your personal information resides on a secure server that only selected Curse The Controls personnel and authorized contractors have access to via password.

In order to most efficiently serve you, credit card transactions and order fulfillment are handled by established third party banking, processing agents and distribution institutions. They receive only the information needed to verify and authorize your credit card or other payment information and to process and ship your order.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed; and (c) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party.


When you use our Site we may store cookies on your computer in order to facilitate and customize your use of our Site. A cookie is a small data text file, which a website stores on your computer’s hard drive (if your Web browser permits) that can later be retrieved to identify you to us. We use cookies to enhance our Site users’ browsing and data analysis experience on our Site. For example, we receive and collect the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet, the Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using, the browser software you use and your operating system and if applicable, the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Site. The cookies transmit this information back to the computers hosting our Site, which are the only computers authorized to read such information. This information makes it possible for us to (i) speed navigation, keep track of search results and provide our users with custom tailored content; (ii) remember information you gave to us so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit the Site; (iii) monitor the effectiveness of certain of our marketing email campaigns; and (iv) monitor total number of visitors, pages viewed, and the duration of the Site visit. In short, all of the information we automatically capture provides us with the ability to enhance our users' search and data analysis experience, and to determine aggregate information about our user base and usage patterns. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but some parts of our Site may not work properly in that case.

Privacy Practices of Third Party Sites

Except as otherwise discussed in this Privacy Policy, this document only addresses the use and disclosure of information we collect from you. Other sites accessible through our Site via links or service partnerships, including but not limited to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Twitter, have their own privacy policies and data collection, use and disclosure practices. Please consult each site’s privacy policy. We are not responsible for the policies or practices of third parties. Additionally, other companies may place advertising on our Site and may collect information about you when you view or click on their advertising through the use of cookies. We cannot control this collection of information. You should contact these advertisers directly if you have any questions about their use of the information that they collect.

Notification of Privacy Policy Changes

You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to maintain a valid e-mail address as a registered subscriber, review this Site and this Policy periodically and to be aware of any modifications. If we make any material changes we will notify you by e-mail (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. Your continued use of the Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by the modified Policy.

Additional Policy Information

You should be aware that when Personal information is voluntarily disclosed (i.e. your name, e-mail address, etc.) in the discussion forums or other public areas on this Site or on Curse The Controls affiliated sites, that information, along with any information disclosed in your communication, can be collected and used by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from third parties. Such activities are beyond our control and this Policy does not apply to such information. Any submissions to chat rooms or other public areas on or by way of this Site are accepted with the understanding that they are accessible to all third parties. If you do not want your comments to be viewed by third parties, you are advised not to make any public submissions. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password and/or account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online. We do not knowingly collect, use or disclose Personal information about visitors that are under 18 years of age.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, please contact us by email at: info [at] cursethecontrols [dot] com.


Curse The Controls Website Terms of Use

Effective Date: April 26, 2011

Curse The Controls provides the Curse The Controls.com site (“Site”) and various related products and services (“Services”) subject to your compliance with these terms, conditions, and notices contained or referenced herein (the “Terms of Use”), as well as any other written agreement between Curse The Controls and you or your company. In addition, when using this Site, users shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to specific Services that may contain terms and conditions in addition to those in these Terms of Use. All such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms of Use. By completing any Site subscription process or using this Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use and by the terms of our Privacy Policy, located on our Site at www.CurseTheControls.com, which is incorporated by reference. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Use, please discontinue use of the Site immediately. Your remedy for dissatisfaction with this Site, or any Services, content, or other information available on or through this Site, is to stop using the Site. Your agreement with Curse The Controls regarding compliance with these Terms of Use becomes effective immediately upon commencement of your use of this Site.

Access to the Site

To access some of the Services this Site offers, you may be asked to provide certain registration details or other information. It is a condition of your use of this Site that all the information you provide on this Site will be correct, current, and complete and that you will abide by these Terms of Use. If Curse The Controls believes that the information you provide is not correct, current, or complete, or that you have violated any provision in these Terms of Use, Curse The Controls has the right to refuse you access to this Site or any of its resources or to temporarily suspend or permanently terminate your user subscription.

Restrictions on Use

You are granted a nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable, limited license to access and use this Site in accordance with this Terms of Use. You may use this Site for purposes expressly permitted by this Site. As a condition of your use of Curse The Controls’ Site and Services, you warrant to Curse The Controls that you will not use the Site or Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. For example, you may not (and may not authorize any party to) (i) co-brand this Site, or (ii) frame this Site, or (iii) hyper-link to this Site, without the express prior written permission of an authorized representative of Curse The Controls. For purposes of these Terms of Use, “co-branding” means to display a name, logo, trademark, or other means of attribution or identification of any party in such a manner as is reasonably likely to give a user the impression that such other party has the right to display, publish, or distribute this Site or content accessible within this Site. You agree to cooperate with Curse The Controls in causing any unauthorized co-branding, framing or hyper-linking immediately to cease. In addition, you may not use Curse The Controls’ Site or Services in any manner which could disable, overburden, damage, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials, content, or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Site or Services.

Curse The Controls and Third Party Proprietary Information

The material, content, and Services accessible from this Site, including, but not limited to, the Curse The Controls API, and any other website owned, operated, licensed, or otherwise controlled by Curse The Controls (the “Content”) is the proprietary information of Curse The Controls or the party that provided or licensed the Content to Curse The Controls, whereby such providing party retains all right, title, and interest in the Content. Accordingly, the Content may not be copied, decompiled, reverse engineered, disassembled, transferred, distributed, republished, resold, sublicensed, uploaded, posted, used to create derivative works, or transmitted in any way without the prior written consent of Curse The Controls, except that you may print out a copy of this Privacy Policy and TOU solely for your personal use.

Your Proprietary Information

Curse The Controls agrees that it has no rights to the data, documents, information or material that you submit in the course of using the Site and Services ("Submitted Data"). When submitting data, you, and not Curse The Controls, shall have sole responsibility for the accuracy, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, appropriateness, and intellectual property ownership or right to use of all Submitted Data. Curse The Controls shall not be responsible or liable for the deletion, correction, destruction, damage, loss, or failure to store any Submitted Data. By using the Services, each user represents and warrants to Curse The Controls that it has the legal right to submit the Submitted Data. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Curse The Controls harmless from any liability caused by your submission of Submitted Data in violation of a third party’s copyright or other rights of ownership. CURSE THE CONTROLS MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY THAT ANY SUBMITED DATA SUBMITTED TO CURSE THE CONTROLS WILL BE RETAINED FOR ANY PARTICULAR PERIOD OF TIME, AND YOU AGREE TO MAINTAIN ON YOUR SERVERS DUPLICATE COPIES OF ALL SUBMITTED DATA SUBMITTED TO CURSE THE CONTROLS.

Service Updates

The Curse The Controls Site and Services may need updating from time to time. These updates may temporarily disrupt use of the Site or Services and are designed to improve, enhance, and further develop the Site or Services and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new Site and Service offerings, and updated Site, Site Content, and Services. You agree to receive such updates as part of your use of the Services.


This Site may contain links to other sites which are not maintained by, or related to, Curse The Controls. Links to such sites are provided as a service to users and are not sponsored by or affiliated with this Site or Curse The Controls. Curse The Controls has not reviewed any or all of such sites and is not responsible for the content of those sites. Curse The Controls is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any linked site. Links are to be used and third party sites accessed at the user’s own risk, and Curse The Controls makes no representations or warranties about the content, completeness or accuracy of these links or the sites hyper-linked to this Site. Curse The Controls provides links as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link to a third party site does not necessarily imply endorsement by Curse The Controls of that site or any association with its operators.


Some of the Curse The Controls Services may be supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be targeted to Curse The Controls Content, user-generated content, queries, or other information. The manner, mode, and extent of advertising by or permitted by Curse The Controls on the Site are subject to change without specific notice to you. In consideration for Curse The Controls granting you access to and use of the Site and Services, you agree that Curse The Controls may place such advertising on the Site or Services.


You understand that Curse The Controls cannot and does not guarantee or warrant that files available for downloading from the Internet or files that we provide will be free of viruses, worms, Trojan horses or other code that may manifest contaminating or destructive properties. You are responsible for implementing sufficient procedures and checkpoints to satisfy your particular requirements for accuracy of data input and output, and for maintaining a means external to this Site for any reconstruction of any lost data. Curse The Controls does not assume any responsibility or risk for your use of the Internet. YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE CONTENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. CURSE THE CONTROLS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. CURSE THE CONTROLS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS OR CONTENT CONTAINED IN THIS SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. CURSE THE CONTROLS DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION REGARDING USE, OR THE RESULT OF USE, OF THE CONTENT IN TERMS OF ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. THE CONTENT MAY INCLUDE TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, AND CURSE THE CONTROLS MAY MAKE CHANGES OR IMPROVEMENTS AT ANY TIME. YOU, AND NOT CURSE THE CONTROLS, ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION IN THE EVENT OF ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE OR ITS CONTENT. CURSE THE CONTROLS MAKES NO WARRANTIES THAT YOUR USE OF THE CONTENT WILL NOT INFRINGE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN SUCH CONTENT. All of the information in this Site, whether historical in nature or forward-looking, speaks only as of the date the information is posted on this Site, and Curse The Controls does not undertake any obligation to update such information after it is posted or to remove such information from this Site if it is not, or is no longer accurate or complete.

Limitation of Liability



You will indemnify and hold Curse The Controls, its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, content providers, service providers, employees, agents, officers, directors, and contractors (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from any breach of these Terms of Use by you, including any use of Content other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use. You agree that the Indemnified Parties will have no liability in connection with any such breach or unauthorized use, and you agree to indemnify any and all resulting loss, damages, judgments, awards, costs, expenses, and attorneys’ fees of the Indemnified Parties in connection therewith. You will also indemnify and hold the Indemnified Parties harmless from and against any claims brought by third parties arising out of your use of the information accessed from this Site.


You are prohibited from using any Services or facilities provided in connection with this Site to compromise security or tamper with system resources and/or accounts. The use or distribution of tools designed for compromising security (e.g., password guessing programs, cracking tools or network probing tools) is strictly prohibited. If you become involved in any violation of system security, Curse The Controls reserves the right to release your details to system administrators at other sites in order to assist them in resolving security incidents. Curse The Controls reserves the right to investigate suspected violations of these Terms of Use.

Curse The Controls reserves the right to fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or direction Curse The Controls to disclose the identity of anyone posting any e-mail messages, or publishing or otherwise making available any materials that are believed to violate these Terms of Use. BY ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS CURSE THE CONTROLS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY CURSE THE CONTROLS DURING OR AS A RESULT OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS AND/OR FROM ANY ACTIONS TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER CURSE THE CONTROLS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

No Waiver

No delay or failure by Curse The Controls to enforce any of these Terms of Use shall constitute a waiver of any of our rights under these Terms of Use. Neither the receipt of any funds by Curse The Controls nor the reliance of any person on our actions shall be deemed to constitute a waiver of any part of these Terms of Use. Only a specific, written waiver signed by an authorized representative of Curse The Controls shall have any legal effect.


If any clause or provision set forth in this Terms of Use statement is determined to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable under present or future law, the clause or provision shall be deemed to be deleted without affecting the enforceability of all remaining clauses or provisions.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms of Use and any disputes arising under or related to these Terms of Use and/or the Privacy Policy or to this Site will be governed by U.S. federal law and the laws of the State of California, without reference to its conflict of law principles. Any such dispute shall be resolved exclusively in the state or federal courts in the City and County of San Francisco, California. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of California for any legal proceeding involving the Site, regardless of who initiated the proceeding.

This English-language Terms of Use statement is Curse The Controls’ official agreement with users of this Site. In case of any inconsistency between this English-language Terms of Use statement and its translation into another language, this English-language document shall control.


In any action to enforce these Terms of Use, the prevailing party will be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. Any cause of action brought by you against Curse The Controls or Curse The Controls’ affiliates must be instituted within one year after the cause of action arises or be deemed forever waived and barred.

You may not assign your rights and obligations under these Terms of Use to any third party, and any purported attempt to do so shall be null and void. Curse The Controls may freely assign its rights and obligations under these Terms of Use.

In addition to any excuse provided by applicable law, Curse The Controls shall be excused from liability for non-delivery or delay in delivery or availability of Services available through our Site arising from any event beyond Curse The Controls’ reasonable control, whether or not foreseeable by either party, including, but not limited to, labor disturbance, war, fire, accident, adverse weather, governmental act or regulation, and other causes or events beyond Curse The Controls’ reasonable control, whether or not similar to those which are enumerated above.

Changes to this Agreement

Curse The Controls reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, alter, or otherwise change this Terms of Use at any time. We will provide notice of such change on this Site. Please review the Terms of Use and/or additional terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Curse The Controls Site constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to be bound by these changes without limitation, qualification or change. If at any time you determine that you do not accept these changes, you must stop using this Site.

For More Information

If you have any questions regarding our Terms of Use statement, please contact us by sending an email to info [at] Curse The Controls [dot] com.


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