Schooltree

Schooltree

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Boston-based Schooltree is a theater of music, from heaven-storming baroque rock to cult adventure-pop. Melodic hooks, harmonic invention, and gritty operatic odyssey characterize their sound, encompassing dark lullaby of the doomed to shredding anthem of the righteous and everything in between.

Biography

Schooltree conjures elements of rock-opera in highly crafted, piano-driven, guitar-laden rock arrangements that explore both gritty, melodic riffs and ambient textural detail. Their debut album Rise offers a modern spin on classic 70’s era AOR, with big, multi-tracked guitars and vocal harmonies, compelling lyrical content, subtle humor, and majestic gravitas. A few points of reference include Kate Bush, Queen, Grizzly Bear, early Genesis, Laura Nyro.

At the helm of this project is composer / vaudevillian / audio producer Lainey Schooltree (The Steamy Bohemians, Jerkus Circus, Bent Wit Cabaret), whose emotional intensity, quirky wit, and sophisticated musicality combine creating a larger-than-life master of dynamic shift on stage, delivering animated and passionate performances. Citing influences from Queen to Grizzly Bear, her writing is suffused with unpredictable changes and an unorthodox tonality; listeners often find a Schooltree song immediately recognizable as such. Lainey has performed to sold out crowds in Boston, New York, and Providence, and received press in The Boston Globe, The Herald, The Weekly Dig, The Boston Metro, The Boston Phoenix, The Noise Boston, Northeast Performer Magazine, Comedian Magazine (NYC), Somerville Times, Worcester Magazine, The Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Black Canvas, and others.

Lyrics

Everyman

Written By: Lainey Schooltree

one, two, three, four, five
get out while you're still alive
when the lights change, it get very strange
keep sharp if they block the door
and duck down low if you see it coming your
way, fast
you've just got to last

'cause you will feel it
when it's coming on
you will know him, but

don't try to understand the everyman
you never can
plans laid well, still it's straight to hell
where it's every man for his every self
you may have known before
but you can't be sure anymore
'til the door reopens and you see the light of day
but it's still forever changed

hold on to what you can
and close your eyes when you see your fellow man
run through
and be grateful it isn't you
don't listen to the cries
but fight the urge to deny the horror that comes out
the heart of the every crowd

'cause you will feel it
when it's coming on
you will know him, but

don't try to understand the everyman
you never can
plans laid well, still it's straight to hell
where it's every man for his every self
you may have known before
but you can't be sure anymore

into darkness every heart must plunge
in the anger of the every mob
and you fill feel it coming on

'til the door reopens and you see the light of day

Foreverish

Written By: Lainey Schooltree

tell me that you'll love me forever
tell me that you'll always be mine
tell me that our love never severs
not until the end of time
or 'til you change your mind

do do do do da da da da da
do do do do da da da da da

tell me that you can’t live without me
cross your heart and hope to die
cause you might change your mind
cause you might change your mind

do do do do da da da da da
do do do do da da da da da

tell me that your heart's mine forever
cross your fingers when you lie
cause you might change your mind
cause you might change your mind

down each time
i go down each time
down each time
i go down
i may pass you on the way
you go up, you go up
but down, down, down
i go down

do do do do da da da da da
do do do do da da da da da

tell me that you'll love me forever
tell me that you'll always be mine
tell me that our love never severs
not until the end of time
or 'til you change your mind
'til you change your mind...

After You're Gone

Written By: Lainey Schooltree

do you think it's strange that i already know
what you're gonna say?
do you think it changes from day to day
when we go away?

well, after you're gone
the reasons are clear
after you're gone
i'll be here

you know, you don't show much (oh no you don't show-oh much)
you show me only when you get in touch (only when you're in touch)
but you're not in touch that much

oh i don't know why i don't get through
when I try my best to get word, word to you

you know, we're both going down (yeah we're both going down)
and i know, we'll both still be around (we'll both still be around)
though there might not be room enough in this town

don't know why i don't come through
when i try my best to get word, word to you

but after you're gone
after you're gone
ahhhhhh

and i think it's strange that we already know
how it's gonna be
you'd think that change would come on the road
that we're following

but after you're gone
the reasons are clear
after you're gone
i'll be here

how long we been holding on?
how long can we hold on?

Heavenside

Written By: Lainey Schooltree

do you remember what we were fighting for?
the glowing embers where we had waged a war
why I'm no longer sure, but
what I do recall is fighting side by side
and I'll remember no matter what you hide

I'll see you heavenside
where truth will come to light
and I'll let fate decide
who was wrong and who was right

I still remember conflict I could foresee
yet it eludes me how that it came to be
that now we are enemies, for
there was once a time our forces were allied
though here you scorn me, there it won't be denied

I'll see you heavenside
where truth will come to light
and I'll let fate decide
who was wrong and who was right

Rise

Written By: Lainey Schooltree

i know what the rain says to me
i know what the days do to me

and i must get out before i can't anymore
the edges are breaching
if the fire calls to me i'll ride to save my soul
i will ride to save my soul

i know what your fear says to you
i know what the years do to you

and you must get out before you can't anymore
the edges are breaching
if the twilight calls to you you'll ride to save your soul
you must ride to save your soul

and we must get out before we can't anymore
the edges are breaching
if the day won't come no more we'll ride to save our souls
you must rise
and save us all

Discography

My Metal Mother, (RPM Challenge, 2011)
Everyman (Live), (Single, 2012)
Rise (March 2013)

Set List

Shorter sets (30-40 minutes):
Original music with some covers.

Longer sets (40 minutes +):
Same as shorter sets, but more!

Covers include:
Poverty Train (Laura Nyro)
Logical Song (Supertramp)
Kiss on my List (Hall and Oates)