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London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom
Band Rock Alternative




"Scholars - First Class Degree In Rocking The Fuck Out!"

Josh Franceschi, You me At Six: "I first saw Scholars in Kingston. They really remind me of Hundred Reasons - which is high praise because Ideas Above Our Station is in my top ten albums of all time. They did this thing in their set where they stopped and had a full-blown argument during one song. They then went straight back into song - so it was actually staged and really clever. It really caught my attention and I went over and bought their CD after their set. If you like Frank Turner and Million Dead, you'd totally love them. It's so nice to see a band doing something different and performing rock with a twist!" - Kerrang!

"Singles Review Round Up"

Scholars are a band I have heard mentioned a lot recently, their name seems to be cropping up in many magazines, blogs and various websites, most of the time this comes with comparisons to Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes, etc. They sound like pretty much the perfect band, too good to be true, surely? Based on this double A side record, not necessarily.

‘Tornadoes’ is a track that is just as good as anything the aforementioned bands did, it’s got the heavy guitars, strong vocals and a great chorus and after a few listens it’s easy to see why this band have got peoples tongues wagging. ‘Fractures’ takes everything that was good about ‘Tornadoes’ and does it even better, and only further cements this bands place firmly at the top of the current UK music scene. Cannot recommend this band/release enough, check it out and you might find your new favourite band.

4.5/5 - Alter The Press

"Review: Max Raptor, Scholars at Moho Live, Manchester"

Summoning the riotous energy of Million Dead and Glassjaw, alongside the brute force of Hundred Reasons and Planes Mistaken For Stars, tonight's main support Scholars are at heart a punk band playing spiky alt-rock. Live, energetic singer Sam and drummer Mike - whose towering physical presence makes playing drums look very much like Godzilla terrorizing Japan - are focal points but the whole band are on fire. Ones to watch for sure. - Rock Sound


Expanding and Collapsing - 2008
I am Gargantua! - 2009
Hotter than the Sun Split - 2009
No Sense and No Feeling - 2009
Something in the Water - 2010
Tornadoes/Fractures - 2010



Having spent their formative years listening to bands like Braid, Hundred Reasons, The Dismemberment Plan, The Faint and Tears for Fears, when Scholars write songs they tend to leave traces of influences all over the place, but hope what they end up with just sounds like... Scholars.

After several UK tours in 2011 and shows with letlive. The Computers, Young Guns, Spycatcher, And So I Watch You From Afar, Francesqa, The Xcerts, Max Raptor and Gay For Johnny Depp amongst others, they’re once again hitting the road in February in support of brand new single 'Bad For Business' (released 20th February).

'Bad For Business' is the opening salvo of a 4-way single assault, the other instalments of which will be launched quarterly throughout 2012.

Described as "At The Drive In covering The Smiths" and by Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six as "my favourite band in the UK right now, period" in Kerrang! they've built up a reputation as an incendiary live band.

Scholars are Sam, ruggedly good looking, talents ranging from singing to yelling to playing keyboards (and all things in between). They are Chris, a bass playing, deep-voiced and serious man who can also speak fluent French. They are Tom, broad-shouldered and prone
to penning novelty Christmas hits. They are Cal, focused, deadly, never afraid to bring the rock. They are Mike, who hits things with sticks.

Their debut proper, limited-to-1000-copies, self-released 7" Tornadoes/Fractures, was extremely well received by critics and fans alike and is now sold out.

Fiercely perfectionist, possessed of a dogged work ethic and determined to avoid the mediocre, for Scholars nothing is more important than the songs. Preferring the rehearsal room to the after party, the band are currently demoing more new material.

They might - just might - release an album early next year.