School of Seven Bells (often just SVIIB) is a three-piece band formed by Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines, together with identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of On! Air! Library!. The band is named after the School of the Seven Bells, a mythical South American pickpocket training academy.
Curtis and the Deheza sisters met when both were opening on an Interpol tour. The three decided to end their commitments to their old bands, move in to a shared space, and create a home recording studio together.
Their sound has been described as dreamy and ethereal, and the lyrics as abstract. However, singer Alejandra Deheza insists that the lyrics are not abstract or obscure. In addition, the fact that she is a lucid dreamer is fitting of the lofty sounds they create.
The band has an unorthodox song writing process that begins with lyrics, which are only supplemented by the music. Curtis has said this is the most important part of the band with "everything else [being] accompaniment." A before-and-after example of this process is hosted by NPR's program Day to Day (see 3:50s).
In concert, Curtis, who stays mostly on lead guitar can often be seen manipulating various electronic devices in between guitar segments.
A single My Cabal was released in May 2007 on the UK label Sonic Cathedral.
The band toured with Blonde Redhead in September 2007 and with Prefuse 73 in November 2007.
School of Seven Bells recently appeared on Drive with Danielle (Danielle Perry) on Q Radio talking about their appearance at the Great Escape Festival and recent tour with Bat for Lashes. They told Danielle Perry that they loved sharing a stage with Killing Joke.
School of Seven Bells' track "Chain" from their album Alpinisms was featured on an Adult Swim and Ghostly International compilation album, Ghostly Swim, promoted by Adult Swim and available for free download.
- Alpinisms (2008)
- School of Seven Bells Official Website
- School of Seven Bells at MySpace
- Guardian UK review of My Cabal
- PUNKCAST1130 Live video from Tonic NYC on Mar 31 2007. (RealPlayer,mp4)
- School of Seven Bells on AllMusic.com
- School of Seven Bells Alpinisms Review
- SPIN's Review of Alpinisms
- SUPERSWEET interview with all members of School of Seven Bells, November 2008
- November 2008 Interview with L.A. Record
- Latest School Of Seven Bells news at Daily Music Guide
- Interview with Alejandra Deheza of School of Seven Bells on HEAVEmedia
- School of Seven Bells Spin (magazine)
- Interview with School of Seven Bells for www.4ortherecord.com in May 2009
Biography from Wikipedia