...And so it begins.
In case you haven't heard, Heterotopia is a metaphysical fantasy rock opera we've been working on for three years and recording as a double album (over 100 minutes in length!) for just about a year now, and it's ALMOST DONE. The story follows Suzi, existential everygirl and underachiever extraordinaire, who loses her body and must journey through the parallel world of the collective unconscious to get it back. At an hour and forty minutes long, it's an epic piece that takes the listener on a hero's symphonic odyssey through a dystopian dreamworld. It's deeply inspired by the work of fantasy writers like Tolkien and the music of art rock bands like Genesis. We're currently raising funds to bring this into the world. If you want help us make this crazy album happen, please check out our Kickstarter campaign to learn more.
I've been keeping it hush hush but for the last year and a half I've been writing a libretto and music for a rock opera titled Heterotopia. It's my baby, my main focus, and the most ambitious thing I've attempted so far. It's still in progress but almost done, and we're performing a workshop performance of the initial draft of it at Cloud Club in November.
Plans to start recording it as a concept double-album in the spring. More details on that to come.
We're excited to announce we've been invited to play NJ Proghouse Homecoming on October 12, 2014! This is quite an honor and we can't wait.
Very ridiculously excited to share that we just got an acceptance email from Pandora! We're sending them a physical copy of Rise now for assimilation, including analysis by a musicologist. Processing time can take a little while, we've been told; we'll post an update as soon as we hear it's up. A few people have asked "what would play next on a Schooltree Pandora station?" We're curious about that, too... Stay tuned.
We're streaming in the Netherlands for the next 6 weeks! The more "likes" our stream gets, the more exposure we get to listeners, so pretty please with griesmeelpudding on top click the link and like us (right under the album artwork). If we get famous Lainey will probably show everyone her boobs. More exposure means MOAR EXPOSURE. ♥ (o)(o)
Tomorrow night, suckahs! We're honored to be at Radio as part of the Best of On the Town with Mikey Dee Showcase! Our set's at 11. Great chance to see an unlikely combo of artists on a bill together - Daniel Oullette and the Shobijin, The Lights Out (acoustic), and I, Pistol. Even better chance to see some side boob. SPOILER ALERT.
International radio play and a nice little review from Xymphonia! Here's what they had to say to us:
"Local Dutch radio show AAFM's Xymphonia aired two Schooltree songs this Sunday. See our playlist here: http://members.home.nl/xymphonia/latest.html . You can listen back to the show the whole upcoming week through this link: http://www.aafm.nl/xymphonia . Thanks very much for the cool music!"
You can find Xymphonia on Facebook.
Write up from Serbia in Time Machine Music Magazine!
"Schooltree je sastav kojeg predvodi Lainey Schooltree, glavna autorka, klavijaturistkinja i pevačica. Strani analitičari upoređuju njene autorske poglede i način pevanja sa Kate Bush i Tori Amos, i ovakva poređenja sigurno gode. No, Lainey i njen bend zaslužuju da se na njih obrati pažnja..." (more)
Did you know that we're band of the month over at AudioCotton.com? IT'S TRUE, YO. That means we get a nice little write up on their blog, aaaaaand we get our own limited edition t-shirt, which was designed by the incredible Man On Fire (MoF) Design. Also available is our original T. Buy one and bring it to our next show, I'll put it on with no bra and then you can have boob residue on it, an added value that only appreciates with time.
"Schooltree have released an elaborately arranged album layered in majesty and elegance. Rise is impeccably crafted and impossibly lush. The grandiose production serves the band’s updated take on progressive rock well. Every note-perfect performance finds a home in the refined mix. Above it all, Lainey Schooltree’s striking vocals command attention. Rise is an almost unfathomable amalgam of ambition and attention to detail." - Daykamp Music
This is truly bittersweet, but we're featured fairly prominently in the final print edition of the Boston Phoenix. RIP BoPho.
Quite looking forward to being interviewed by the wildly charismatic Sterling Golden on Sterlingtology (UnRegular Radio) Monday night! So far he's said some awfully flattering things about us...
[From the Facebook event page:] "The quartet known simply as Schooltree (http://schooltree.bandcamp.com/) have carved a unique niche for themselves in the Boston music scene, putting together a potent mix of power pop, 1970's tinged-progressive rock, classical, and theatrical storytelling described as "cabaret rock for nerds and weirdos and everyone else too." Lainey Schooltree, the brainchild (as well as the keyboards and vocals) of this impressive outfit, is a gifted and ambitious Boston-based composer and producer whose eclectic music tastes reflect the self-styled sound Schooltree reps.
This Monday night, she sits down with Mr. Golden to discuss her career to date, from her roots as part of the musical-comedy team the Steamy Bohemians to the release of Schooltree's brand-new debut album, RISE. She has experienced an undeniably epic musical journey in just a few short years, and in this exclusive convo, you the listener will get to know Lainey Schooltree, the mad genius behind a modern rockin' sound destined to redefine the genre!"
Wow. Our very own website. To celebrate: the magic of unicorns! I know what you're thinking, and yes - the unicorn has been corrupted and is now ostensibly rather unmagical; co-opted by hipsters and their ironic... um, irony. Nonetheless, as the sardonic storm of this trend petulantly passes into passé, or after hipster armageddon (whichever comes first), one thing shall remain majestically posed, sparklingly sincere, atop the torn shreds of skinny jeans and the converse-sneaker-scattered, leveled horizon:
Schooltree is my band. I love it. And I love you.
From progressive rock to experimental pop, the uniquely eclectic sound of Schooltree is a theater of music, using melodic hooks, unorthodox tonality, and dramatic performance to spin gritty operatic odyssey - from dark lullaby of the doomed to shredding anthem of the righteous and everything in between. A few points of reference include Kate Bush, early Genesis, Supertramp, and Steven Sondheim.
Your ears will tell you more than your eyes: