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School of Seven Bells

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Brooklyn, New York, United States (2007 – present)

School of Seven Bells (often abbreviated as SVIIB) is a // band formed in 2007 in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The initial lineup consisted of Benjamin Curtis (guitar, synthesizers, production), Alejandra Deheza (vocals, guitar), and her identical twin sister Claudia Deheza (vocals, keyboards). In October 2010, Claudia Deheza left SVIIB for personal reasons and the band continued as a duo. In 29 December 2013, Curtis (aged 35) died of cancer. School of Seven Bells is named after a mythical South American pickpocket training academy.

The Deheza sisters are former members of On!Air!Library! and Curtis was a former member of Secret Machines and Tripping Daisy. Curtis and the Deheza sisters met when both were opening on an Interpol tour. The three decided to end their commitments to their old bands, move in to a shared space, and create a home recording studio together.

The single “My Cabal” was released in May 2007 on the UK label Sonic Cathedral. A 12”/digital EP, Face To Face On High Places, was released in September 2007 on Table Of The Elements. The band toured with Blonde Redhead in September of 2007 and with Prefuse 73 in November of 2007.

School of Seven Bells’ debut album, Alpinisms, was released by Ghostly International in the U.S. on 28 October 2008.

Their second studio album, Disconnect From Desire, was released on 13 July 2010. Three singles were released from this album: “Heart Is Strange”, “Windstorm” and “I L U”.

On 28 February 2012, the band issued their third album, Ghostory. The singles “The Night”, “Lafaye” and “Scavenger” helped to promote the album. On 13 November 2012, School of Seven Bells released the EP Put Your Sad Down.

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  • Solar_Smile

    Волшебно.

    2 Aug 2:37pm Reply
  • alin1

    SVIIB announced new album featuring Benjamin Curtis recordings before he died: http://www.stereogum.com/1689013/school-of-seven-bells-announce-new-album-featuring-benjamin-curtis-recordings/news/ In meantime, here's the music video of a new song (a Joey Ramone cover), "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orutQKKsvp4

    25 Jun 8:50pm Reply
  • pedrocito80

    Since Benjamin Curtis died, difficult to continue...

    21 Jun 9:39am Reply
  • z0z0bra

    erm... why does it say the band ended in 2013? as far as i know the project is still continuing.

    19 Jun 12:43am Reply
  • Lydon17

    :O I didn't realise Benjamin had passed away. That's terrible :( RIP

    6 Jun 11:00am Reply
  • wakeupintokyo

    your music will live forever. your contribution to this world.

    20 May 5:44am Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    Since Benjamin's passing, their music just seems so heart-breaking every time I listen to it.

    14 Apr 7:18am Reply
  • Stefanszz

    Pretty cool

    28 Mar 8:23pm Reply
  • Yamamanama

    Just remember that it isn't about how much time we have to spend but about how we spend our time.

    13 Mar 1:08am Reply
  • Yamamanama

    I thought he was going through treatment, and I checked here to see if they put out any new EPs. ... fuck. RIP. Thanks for the music.

    13 Mar 1:03am Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    Peace be with you Benjamin. We will miss your music.

    12 Mar 3:20pm Reply
  • LightsOfBohemia

    Benjamin is now the polite ghost fading quickly. He is the prince of peace beneath the listless waves. Rest in peace, dear.

    4 Mar 2:33pm Reply
  • writhingworms

    In a world filled with mediocrity and worthlessness, Benjamin made legitimately poignant and meaningful music. He produced art that touched many people in a manner that didn't demand cheap attention while paradoxically retaining pop artistry, which truly retained something beautiful and powerful. When we consider the ubiquity of the mediocrity that's proliferated elsewhere, his music is one of many signs that life is cruel and indifferent to beauty.

    2 Mar 10:17am Reply
  • retro_trash

    SVIIB for ever, R.I.P. Benjamin

    1 Mar 4:19am Reply
  • kinpiragobou

    R.I.P. Benjamin. [12]

    25 Feb 11:32pm Reply
  • Tim_Iver

    I will always love your music. RIP.

    20 Feb 11:41pm Reply
  • extirpado

    I miss you, SVIIB D:

    17 Feb 1:54am Reply
  • Archaeaeon

    Well fuck, I still can't believe SoSB is no more. RIP Ben.

    14 Feb 12:06am Reply
  • scomatsho

    Every time their music comes on I feel shock at his death at such a young age and how quickly a seemingly fightable cancer took his life. It's sad but at least he made some quality music with what he had.

    30 Jan 4:08pm Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    I knew that Benjamin was seriously ill but I didn't realise until today that he passed away :( Rest in peace Benjamin. Thanks for all the great music you left us to remember you by.

    29 Jan 10:54am Reply
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