Monday, January 31, 2011

The Latest School for the Dead Newsletter

Hello hello hello hello,

It's been so long since I've written. My apologies. My fingers were snowed in.

This is the year 2011. What do we have in store for you? Plenty! But I'll narrow it down to four things.

** 1. Our new album is imminent. Demos of all the songs have been distributed amongst the band. A plan for recording has been formed, including trying a somewhat live technique. I'm looking toward the sounds of my favorite albums by people like R.E.M. and The Replacements, hoping to capture not just the songs but a mood and a sense of a band having fun making music. It's time that music became more human again, don't you think? Enough with the auto-tune, and samples, and gazillion overdubs. Who cares. Not every song has to sound like it's the last song ever on earth, Arcade Fire. (Disclaimer: I quite like the new Arcade Fire album). The point is, let's just stop and take a breath, huh? We're making songs, not pop-up ads, not everything has to be the latest and greatest and loudest and newest. I don't want to be in-your-face anymore than you want me there.

That's the pep-rally speech I'll give the band before recording. Then they will all laugh in my face and we'll take a waffle break.

** 2. Big shows! Starting with:

Friday, February 18th at The Elevens in Northampton, MA. We haven't played there forever. It's our triumphant return and look at the bill:
The Mitch Easter Band (Yes, Mitch Easter of Let's Active and hey-I-produced-some-of-the-best-albums-ever fame.)
School for the Dead
Boy Genius
Starts at 10:00 - Doors at 9:00 - 21+

Thursday, February 24th at The Sierra Grille in Northampton.
The Rub Wrongways Caravan of Stars returns...NOW! With more stars!
10:00 - 21+ - with Whistle Jacket and Young & Old.

Friday April 1 at The Basement in Northampton, MA.
The Official School for the Dead April Fool's Party.
Details to follow at our websites or at

Saturday April 16th at The Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA (Music you don't need in a place you can't find.)
Details to follow at our website or at

** 3. Look out for a new solo album from me, Henning. It's a concept album of sorts, and it's almost done. I don't want to divulge too much yet. But I think you'll like it.

** 4. Cool new shirts. Max has got something up his sleeves and that something also has sleeves. Stay tuned.

That's enough info for now right? I'll stop, I'll stop. Can you tell I'm excited?

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Thank you,
School for the Dead

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