Vocalist Liz Hunt has been accused of sounding like Sarah Cracknell and I don’t believe she trying, it’s just how the vocals come out of her mouth (not that I’d car anyway, I lvo both of their vocals) while the rest of the band build up pocket symphonies with plenty of horns, keyboards, tambourine and the like. Opening cut “Every Day” sets the tone perfectly while both Hunt and the band just sound so spot on. About mid-record they rattle off this string of classics starting with “Don’t Worry Baby (I don’t love you anymore)” and then right into the touching, short , acoustic “My Heart’s Beating Overtime” right into the bouncy title track and then, into what I consider to be the crown jewel of the record, “Do I Love You?” (Hunt’s vocals are especially impressive on this record), all sweeping and majestic. They end the record strong as well (twelve songs in all) So there you have it, if the sweet, sultry, Northern Soul sounds of bands like St. Etienne or Allo Darlin’ strike a chord within you then you’ll love The School. And you should you really should.
Following the release of 2012’s swinging ‘Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything’, The School frontwoman Liz Hunt founded Wales Goes Pop! festival, and her eight-piece indie-pop collective are pretty much its house band. Third album ‘Wasting Away And Wondering’ tightens up the Cardiff group’s ‘60s indebted, horns-and-strings sound with rhythmic stompers like ‘Do I Love You?’ and The Supremes beat of ‘Love Is Anywhere You Find It’. Hunt’s lyrics lean towards the lovelorn humour of likeminded revivalists Camera Obscura and Belle And Sebastian (“So you want to move to Amsterdam?/You never liked it there before” sighs upbeat opener ‘Every Day’) but there’s none of those bands’ ironic distance with The School, just pure pop.
The School in Deutschland:
29.10.15 Hannover, Feinkost Lampe
30.10.15 Berlin, Magnet Club
31.10.15 Hamburg, Astra Stube