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The New You

by School for the Dead

School for the Dead can't seem to sit still. On "The New You" they plough through genres like a dinosaur ploughs through palm trees. Super tight quirky pop, campground lullabies, new wave, moving ballads, a country hoedown, space rock, and what have you
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Photobooth Curtain
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2. Campground Daughter
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3. Something's Taking Over
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4. Thug
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5. Overs
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6. Beautiful Day in the Woods (Ayla)
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7. Can't Believe How Fast
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8. Pick a Gripe
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9. The Title Song
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10. Rock and Roll Camper
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11. The Wichita Train Whistle Sings
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12. Candy Cane
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13. Goodnight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A guy named Henning (that's his first name) writes and sings the songs in School for the Dead. That's primarily what one needs to know about this band. In fact, Henning, Just recently won the WRSI (one of Rollingstone's Top 10 Radio Stations) Singer Songwriter Contest. Yay.

Members of School for the Dead have been in bands with and/or recorded with such luminaries as Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne), Lloyd Cole, Joe Pernice (Scud Mountains Boys, The Pernice Brothers) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

School for the Dead has shared the stage with Jane Siberry, Robyn Hitchcock, Freedy Johnston, Mates of State, Of Montreal, J. Mascis, Fountains of Wayne, Martin Sexton, and Ivy among many others

Here's what some people have said about School for the Dead:

"For about four or five years now, I've been playing Henning's songs for people and saying they were my own. Please don't tell him that. Brief, romantic and simple, in a why-didn't-I-think-of-that way, his stories and melodies touch people without resorting to attitude or pretense. If his name weren't so hard to pronounce, he'd be Yngwie Malmsteen by now."

-- Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne)

"…an intriguingly bright disc...rich in verbal color...Listening to "Henning's School for the Dead," I was struck by a simple truth: I like contemporary rock a lot more than I used to....loud or not, intelligible lyrics really are art, and, by the way, there's still a lot to be said for melody."

-- John Stiffler, Daily Hampshire Gazette

***1/2 - "retro sensibilities and comfortable pop songwriting clever imagery and arrangements"


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Songs I Wish I Had Written

Sunny, beautiful, charming – it’s summery indie pop!
Sunny, beautiful, charming – it’s summery indie pop! The happy guitar tunes has been on our minds the last couple of weeks. The song “Campground Daughter” is absolutely amazing and has already achieved the “best-sunset-song-2005”! The band School For The Dead is from USA and play happy tunes about love that you surely will need the first days as dead.

Indie Pages

a very nice record
This is the second album from Henning Ohlenbusch's project, School For The Dead, and the first to feature the full band. The sound here varies from bouncy and catchy pop ("Photobooth Curtain" and "Something's Taking Over") to middle-era Kinks-ish quirk ("Pick A Gripe" and "The Wichita Train Whistle Sings") to lush country-ish ballads ("The Title Song" and "Candy Cane") and more. But even with the many styles on the record, everything flows together and works well. I can't really think of too many bands to liken this to (the press kit offers a few suggestions, but I disagree with them all), though the brighter songs remind me a little of Winter Vacation, and the country-inspired songs come close to Joe Pernice's ballads. I felt there were a few too many slower songs on here (especially towards the end), but otherwise it's a very nice record. MTQ=10/13

Elise Nacca

Someday someone should write a movie around these songs.
Turning twenty-four was a sad day for me. Everything I ever loved and thought I would become scurried into the murky grey unreachable crevices of the past. It became a matter of fact that stretches of carefree, breezy New England summer days were lost in the flotsam of industry and responsibility. The slow and dreadful knocking at the crumbling door of my own mortality rang through my ears. Then I listened to School for the Dead's "The New You" and felt much better. Once you listen to this album Henning Ohlenbusch's friendly voice will punctuate your inner monologues forever. Some of the songs will make you happy in the way that simple things like camping and photo-booths do. And then some of the songs will make you quite sad because you remember the way something once was, but never will be again.

Not to sound hokey or anything, but there's something uniting everyone on this big old messed up planet...maybe it's just how we all feel the fragility of human existence. Whatever it is, some people feel it more than others. So, here it is, with mind-bogglingly clever arrangements and a collection of such supremely talented musicians, you'll start to wonder why you haven't heard of them before.
Someday someone should write a movie around these songs.