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School of Seven Bells Biography


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Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
Years Active: 2007-present
Genres: Dream Pop, Electronic, Shoegaze


School of Seven Bells is a band formed by Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines, together with identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of On!Air!Library!. The band is named after the School of the Seven Bells, a mythical South American pickpocket training academy. 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. Their sound has been described as dreamy and ethereal, and the lyrics as abstract.

A single “My Cabal “was released in May 2007 on the U.K. label Sonic Cathedral. A 12"/digital EP “Face to Face on High Places” was released in September 2007 on Table of the Elements, in addition to a single from Prefuse 73 called “Class of 73 Bells” that featured the band.

School of Seven Bells' debut album, “Alpinisms,” was released one year later in 2008. The album’s track “Chain” was featured on an Adult Swim and Ghostly International compilation album, “Ghostly Swim.”

Their second album, “Disconnect From Desire” was released in July 2010 and debuted at #200 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. A limited edition version of the album was released in a box set containing ten exclusive tarot cards and an alternate version of their first album, “Alpinisms.”

In October 2010, it was announced that Claudia Deheza had left the band due to personal reasons. Their third album, “Ghostory,” was released in February 2012.