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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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