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The School - Autumn Timetable

TMF faves The School have announced a new single and plans for their long awaited debut album...

The new single 'And Suddenly' , a Left Banke cover, is a one-off split single on Slumberland Records and cunningly won't be on the band's debut album.

The flip side of the single is by George Washington Brown (Pete Gofton aka Johnny X from the legendary Kenickie).

The single is out now and can be snapped up from the Slumberland records site / Rough Trade / Amazon / i-Tunes, etc.

The School's debut album Loveless Unbeliever will finally be released in October on Elefant Records and is produced by Ian Catt (Saint Etienne / Stars / The Field Mice / Shampoo).

The School - And Suddenly
On the a-side we find Welsh pop mavens The School, with a smashing cover of late Left Banke tune And Suddenly. Taking their cues from Brian Wilson, sunshine pop and classic Phil Spector girl-group sounds, The School join Camera Obscura, Saturday Looks Good To Me and Lucky Soul in bringing 60s references bang up-to-date, showing respect to the past while staying very much in the present. Their two previous EPs on Elefant have garnered great press from Pitchfork, Under The Radar and The Village Voice, and we expect you'll be hearing a great deal about The School in 2009. And Suddenly is exclusive to this 7".

George Washington Brown - End Of The... & Twin Towers
George Washington Brown is the latest nom de rock of Pete Gofton, who got his start in teenage sensations Kenickie and has gone on since to record an album as J Xaverre and most recently an excellent album as George Washington Brown for the Static Caravan imprint. Having worked with everyone from PENS to Los Campesinos! to Field Music, Gofton has a deep and broad understanding of pop and an unfailing ear for a great tune. His album On The Night Plain is a brilliant slice of pastoral, psychedelic power-pop that could sit snugly in any collection next to Super Furry Animals or your favorite Elephant 6 record. The two songs on this split single are brand new, exclusive and perfect examples of Gofton's quirky pop vision, full of production twists and surprising turns of melody. Look for more George Washington Brown soon.

Band photo by Alison Wonderland (yes, really).
Liz Latitude photo by MT Scanlon.

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