School of Seven Bells Archive

The Monday Set: School of Seven Bells – Baton Rouge – 10/11/2010

Carlie gets the great pics...

School of Seven Bells
Spanish Moon
Baton Rouge, LA
10/11/2010

Brooklyn band School of Seven Bells arrived in Louisiana this week, minus one member.  As reported on their website the day after this show, Claudia Deheza has just left the band.  Her departure may have been a factor in the somewhat sour tone of the evening.  It wasn’t helped by a poor turnout — this was a late show on a Monday night (the band and openers Active Child even joked about it on Twitter).  Please, Spanish Moon, move these shows an hour earlier!  Worse still were the stupid antics of a few audience members.

It was hard for me to see exactly what happened from where I was standing, but a guy up at the front seemed to have tried to get up on the stage to touch Alejandra Deheza during “Joviann“; Benjamin Curtis pushed him back down with his foot while continuing to play, and the guy fell on the floor before being hustled out the door by security.  That idiot’s friends ceremoniously walked up to the stage and flipped off the band before making their own exit.  Someone else came up after the song to try and shake hands, but was understandably rebuffed.

The whole thing (as Curtis himself noted) was embarrassing for Baton Rouge, which has a hard enough time attracting good bands, though I suspect these guys might have come from out of town.  I’d never seen them before.  I was disgusted enough that I edited that whole thing out of this recording, which is otherwise a really solid set.  If the SVIIB‘ers read this, I hope they’ll consider coming back to give it another try — and we’ll try to keep the assholes out.

Track listing:
1. Half Asleep
2. Heart Is Strange
3. Babelonia
4. Joviann
5. Dust Devil
6. Bye Bye Bye
7. Windstorm
8. I L U
9. My Cabal
10. Semipternal/Amarantha

Download: School of Seven Bells – Baton Rouge – 10/11/10 – 292 MB

Sample: “Dust Devil

School of Seven Bells – Unknown Track (Live)

As mentioned in a post of a The xx last week or so, CMJ brought swarms of rock-and-roll locusts into NYC for a week of devastation and inebriation. I managed to miss most of the brunt of it but did catch three bands which included The xx out of London, Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells (or SVIIB in alpha ‘Rome-eric’ notation) and lastly a band called Bloodgang from Iceland in what turned out to be a very small but fruitful dabble into CMJ 2009.

SVIIB is a female fronted psychedelic neo shoe-gaze type outfit. This track is from CMJ 2009 and was introduced as a new one. This track bodes well for future releases, since it was among the best they played that night.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Download: School of Seven Bells – Unknown Track (Live)