On Friday 30th March, a hundred or so indie rejects from across the South West descended on Plymouth's premiere punk venue, Underground. Orchestrated (and headlined) by the rapidly emerging School Disco, they'll be a full review of the night over at Red Van Reviews in the next few days.
For now, Loopholes founder and promoter India Hicks gives us the lowdown on the second EP from the band (who, let's not forget, supported Wolf Alice last year) for this month's Pint For A Piece article...
"They’re a force; perennial and eternal. Plymouth/Brighton rockers School Disco return from their journey of self-exploration in space, bringing back with them the gift of their latest EP Look To The Sky.
The city kids with a penchant for the extraterrestrial, LTTS has been massively influenced by 50’s/60’s horror and sci-fi movies, creating a strange post punk / psych hybrid for the band, featuring a whole host of new instrumental additions - analog synths and theremins to name a few.
An intergalactic proto-punk synth-boogie odyssey, the EP explores a new synth based sound for the trio. It’s the start of an experimental chapter for the boys- repetition, oscillation, gradual decay, accelerated build-up and fits of bass. It flows from track to track, with the first two providing a protean swirl of organ and guitars, where rock collides beautifully with hazy, sonic trance. The title track is a sensory overload with nothing but swirling atmospheric synths to prepare you to blast off into a whole new galaxy. The production on this record is great; the sound is clean, but also raw and gritty at the same time, with frontman Rory describing the recording as “a little lo-fi, but it suits the sound well.”
The standout track for me is Waxmage - the heaviest of the four tracks. Rory’s deep, haunting vocals combined with fat riffs make for a huge sound. Almost 7 minutes of noisy guitars, whooshing synths and a distinctly dirtied and twisted post-punk overtone, it’s a white knuckle ride through pulsating kraut that will quite literally blow your mind.
Whilst straying from their usual shore, this new found spacey experimental stage is still distinguishably School Disco - daring, exciting and noisy. The band show their influences such as Hawkwind well while making and exploring their own branch of space rock. 2018 is already set to be a huge year for the boys, and you better buckle up for lift off as they prepare for universal domination."
Listen to the EP on Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/schooldisco/sets/look-to-the-sky // Buy it on Bandcamp: www.schooldisco.bandcamp.com/album/look-to-the-sky
Catch School Disco AND Loopholes at Langaland Festival, August 3rd - 5th 2018
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