:: Absolutely loving this sound!
Rosie Blair [vox/guitar] spotted Michel Collet [lead guitar] in early 2011 playing guitar in Berlin’s U-Bahn underground. They instantly connected and Ballet School was born. Louis McGuire [drums] completed the band after Blair and Collet had witnessed him playing a drum kit. The Berlin-based multi-national threesome released their debut EP Boys Again last October, and now it it’s about time for their debut full-length. Entitled The Dew Lasts An Hour, the LP will only be out in ten days but you can listen to it in full already now.
The Dew Lasts An Hour drops officially in the UK/Europe on September 08, 2014 via Bella Union. North America sees release of the album on September 09. The set of twelve songs (plus five additional tracks on Deluxe Edition) is available as download, CD and 12″ white vinyl LP. You can pre-order digitally from iTunes (Standard / Deluxe) or buy your physical copy of The Dew Lasts An Hour from Bella Union.
The album is now streaming in its entirety over at Hype Machine. Make sure you give it a listen as longs as the stream is available. The Dew Lasts An Hour includes last year’s fabulous singles Heartbeat Overdrive and Ghost in re-recorded versions, alternative takes on the EP tracks Crush and Yaoi as well as seven brand new songs.
In a label press note, Rosie Blair commented on their music: “We’re not a synth band, we’re a guitar band, but one that’s trying to push the boundaries of the traditional set up. We write pop songs. I never thought pop music was a lower form of art. We actively try to play with the model of mainstream pop against what indie is supposed to be and find our own new form. And though I love laptop pop, it’s vital that people witness our energy, that punk lust, when we play live.”
Lux is the second single from The Dew Lasts An Hour. The official video for the song premiered about a month ago, watch the Nova Dando directed clip above. Ballet School have a handful of European festival dates lying ahead and they will be touring the UK in November. You can check out the upcoming dates below and listen to the album track Cherish.
01. Slow Dream
02. Pale Saint
07. Heartbeat Overdrive
10. All Things Return At Night
12. Crush (Alternative)
13. Sara [Deluxe Version]
14. Boys Again [Deluxe Version]
15. Afterglow [Deluxe Version]
16. Parisina [Deluxe Version]
17. Day Off School [Deluxe Version]
18. Heartbeat Underdrive [Deluxe Version]
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 05 Sep 2014 // Berlin, Germany // First We Take Berlin @ Berghain Kantine
Thu 18 Sep 2014 // Hamburg, Germany // Reeperbahn Festival
Fri 07 Nov 2014 // Reykjavik, Iceland // Iceland Airwaves 2014
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
More ‘Ballet School’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Nov 08 − Debut EP: Boys Again (2013/10/18) / New Single ‘Crush’ [Official Video]