Since before she could speak, Delaney Hafener has found the best way for her to communicate is through music. She began singing Gram Parsons and Neil Young songs with her dad, and at the age of 12 started learning guitar with an old Gibson she revived from the basement. She wrote her first songs with the help and encouragement of her mom, and began cutting her teeth as a performer at open mics when she was 14.
Hafener founded indie-folk band Pandafan at 17 and found some regional success with the group. Based mostly in NYC, they’ve played in venues such as Mercury Lounge, Cafe Lena, The Bug Jar, Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Suffolk Theater, Guild Hall, and many others. At the height of their gigging, the young band was playing up to 5 gigs a week with frequent double-header Saturdays in the busy Long Island summer season.
Now 24, Hafener is working under the name The Belle Curves. She draws influence from the vast history of American roots music, from The Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers to The White Stripes and Waxahatchee. Hafener sings lead and plays bass, and she’s recruited her dad to co-produce and play electric guitar. The Belle Curves began as a solo project with a rotating cast of musicians, but has since evolved to feature a more regular lineup with Nick Balzano on drums and fellow Americana singer-songwriters Pete Mancini, Sarah Gross, and Anne O’Rourke contributing guitar parts and vocal harmonies. They’ve coined the term “garage-americana” to describe their unique combination of distorted guitars blended with saccharine vocal harmonies, serious songwriting with a not-so-serious attitude.
The Belle Curves’ sound is akin to bands such as Brandi Carlile, The Wild Reeds, Lucinda Williams, and The Jayhawks.
"Delaney Hafener is a singer-songwriter who writes and performs songs as The Belle Curves. Her songwriting is structurally reminiscent of a classic Country sound though the presentation feels more akin to the New York anti-folk scene. Lyrically, though, every song is just absolutely brutal. If Dar Williams and Stephin Merritt started a Woody Guthrie inspired band, it would be something like The Belle Curves." - Country Queer
"... the album opener, “Bumper Stickers,” takes quite a few clever swipes at Trump’s America– and there is also an appealing range of instruments that accompanies those themes. Check out the soothing strings on “Enough,” the upbeat guitar and drum-playing on “Fuel on Fire,” and so much more. 2020 may not have been conceived in 2020, but it’s a record that can be enjoyed and that speaks to the times this year incredibly well." - Atwood Magazine