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The School

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | INDIE

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Pop Indie


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"'Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything'"

"one of the better straight pop albums I've heard in a long, long time" - 8.5 - The 405

"'Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything'"

4/5 - Uncut Magazine

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

7/10 - NME

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

4/5 "like Saint Etienne at their commercial best.. this album is simply a joyous celebration of life and quite frankly, if you don’t embrace it wholeheartedly, then I pity your pathetic, tortured soul" - God Is In The TV

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

8/10 - The Digital Music Fix

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

The third album from this 8-piece Welsh band led by Liz Hunt is a sweet set of ‘60s-steeped pop reminiscent of Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian. The album’s lush pop sound combines guitars, keyboards, strings, horns and a variety of percussion with breathy, plaintive vocals, lovelorn lyrics and wistful melodies on sturdily crafted songs ranging from swinging Motown-indebted tunes to atmospheric ‘60s girl-group ballads. - Don Yates - KEXP

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

"What The School have mastered is simply classic pop, beautifully delivered slices of pure nostalgia." - For The Rabbits

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

"arguably the greatest pop band in the universe right now" - A Musical Priority

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

(the 10/10 review on Soundblab will also be in Shindig this month as a 5/5 review) - Shindig! Magazine

"'Let It Slip' track"

"a seminar in swaying, girl group-tinged indie-pop..somewhere between Camera Obscura and Lucky Soul. The School pour on lavish Phil Spector strings and a bopping Northern soul rhythm section" - Pitchfork

"The School"

"One of this countries' finest songwriters, like a cross between Joey Ramone and Carole King.." - Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales - BBC Radio Wales

"'All I Want From You Is Everything'"

(video premiere article) - Clash

"'I Will See You Soon'"

(video premiere article) - Under The Radar

"'Wasting Away and Wondering'"

(album stream premiere article) - Gold Flake Paint


7" single 'All I Wanna Do / Valentine' (Elefant Records) 2009

7" single 'And Suddenly' (Slumberland Records) 2009

EP 'Let It Slip' (Elefant Records) 2010

Album 'Loveless Unbeliever' (Elefant Records) 2010

7" single 'And Suddenly' (Slumberland Records) 

Album 'Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything' (Elefant Records) 2012

7" picture disc 'When I Fall In Love' (WIAIWYA) 2014

Album 'Wasting Away and Wondering' (Elefant Records) 2015



THE SCHOOL are a pop band from Cardiff, UK on Elefant Records. 

Their debut album 'Loveless Unbeliever' was released in 2010 and produced by Ian Catt (Saint Etienne, The Field Mice). The album appeared in over 70 'Best of' lists, it was BBC 6 Music Album of the Day, Rough Trade Album of the Week and Radio Nowhere Album of the Year. Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales) declared it his "favourite Welsh pop album of all time". 

In 2011 the band were nominated for 'Best International Artist' at the Spanish Independent Music Awards, and performed a live concert on Spanish TV 'Los Conciertos De Radio 3' (TVE).

Second album 'Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything' was released in 2012, produced by David Wrench (Euros Childs, Everything Everything, Alessi's Ark, Bat For Lashes). Everett True asked "could this be the best pop song of 2012?" and declared ‘Reading Too Much..’ his 2nd favourite album of the year, only behind Dexys. 

Third album 'Wasting Away and Wondering' was recorded by Rob Jones (who also made Sweet Baboo's much-loved album 'Ships') and released in September 2015. Tracks were premiered on Clash, Under The Radar and Gold Flake Paint. The album received great reviews including 5* Shindig Magazine, 7/10 NME, 8/10 Digital Fix, 4/5 God Is In The TV, 4/5 AllMusic. Radio support so far includes BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne, KEXP (& podcast), Select Radio, BBC Radio Wales Artist of the Week, Radio Nowhere and many more. 

Singer Liz Hunt presented a 1-hour guest mix on BBC Radio Wales as part of Adam Walton's show, who declared her "one of this countries' finest songwriters, like a cross between Joey Ramone and Carole King".

The band have toured in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Spain and the USA. In October they will tour Germany, France & Czech Republic, then Spain in February (including a live concert on RTVE). In March they will perform debut album 'Loveless Unbeliever' at two concerts in London and Cardiff to mark its vinyl reissue, as part of Elefant Records' 25th anniversary celebrations.