Named for after a pickpocketing “school” in South America (and a scene in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze) that tests students by stealing from mannequins decorated with bells, SVIIB takes a new approach to dream pop and shoe gaze. Comprised of Secret Machines’ Benjamin Curtis and On!Air!Library!’s twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, School of Seven Bells writes thoughtfully crafted and arranged electronic songs with tribal touches.
Even though there was a deterring rain, SVIIB packed in a sold out Mercury Lounge. Despite a slow start due to a funky keyboard sound check, SVIIB was welcomed with applause and Alejandra seemed eager to move on with the show. Guitarist Benjamin Curtis swayed and kicked in a little peddle fortress while Alejandra and Claudia remained the constant vocals. With barely any mid-show banter, SVIIB move quickly through their set from one eerie rock song to the next.
School of Seven Bells will be playing a second show at Mercury Lounge tonight with Arp Line and Warm Ghost. Tickets are available here for $12. SVIIB is also releasing a new album Disconnect from Desire on July 13th.