"A reflection of [Lainey Schooltree's] eclectic tastes — art rock, '70s prog rock, Stephen Sondheim, Kate Bush. " -The Boston Phoenix
"Some of the most strikingly original music in the greater-Boston scene." -Bill Copeland News
"...nothing short of epic... " -Boston Survival Guide
"Ladytron on Broadway" -Dig Boston
"With a voice that garners comparisons with Goldfrapp, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and even Freddie Mercury, and a virtuoso command of the keyboard, singer Lainey Schooltree is a strong frontwoman who becomes two or three times actual size on stage. Believe it. Guitarist Brendan Burns, while capable of pyrotechnics when called for, really shines in this band for his subtlety. Not many acts can get away with nonchalantly touting that their awesomeness will be inexorable in their listing for this show on their web site, but these guys get a pass, and you’ll understand if you are wise and/or lucky enough to attend." -Boston Band Crush
Schooltree conjures elements of rock-opera in highly crafted, piano-driven, guitar-laden rock arrangements that explore both gritty, melodic riffs and ambient textural detail. Their debut album Rise offers a modern spin on classic 70’s era Album-Oriented Rock, with big, multi-tracked guitars and vocal harmonies, compelling lyrical content, subtle humor, and majestic gravitas. Mixing the epic majesty of progressive rock, the catchy hooks of power pop, and the pathos of musical theater, Schooltree endeavors to redefine expectations of modern art rock music.
At the helm of this project is composer / vaudevillian / audio producer Lainey Schooltree (The Steamy Bohemians, Jerkus Circus, Bent Wit Cabaret), whose emotional intensity, quirky wit, and sophisticated musicality combine creating a larger-than-life “master of dynamic shift” (Bill Copeland) on stage, capable of delivering animated and passionate performances. Citing influences from Queen to Hall and Oates, Steven Sondheim to Grizzly Bear, her writing is suffused with unpredictable changes and an unorthodox tonality; listeners often find a Schooltree song immediately recognizable as such. Lainey has performed to sold out crowds in Boston, New York, and Providence, and received press in The Boston Globe, The Herald, The Weekly Dig, The Boston Metro, The Boston Phoenix, The Noise Boston, Northeast Performer Magazine, Comedian Magazine (NYC), Somerville Times, Worcester Magazine, The Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Black Canvas, and others. Current line up features the extraordinary talents of Brendan Burns (guitar), Derek Van Wormer (bass), and Chris Anderson (drums).
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