by tom johnson
There’s a kind of old-school sense of melodrama to Magnet School’s blazing new album, ‘The Art Of Telling The Truth‘, which makes perfect sense when you add a bit of context to the band. Arriving with their debut EP in 2006, their blistering debut album was released all the way back in 2007; the band spending the subsequent years garnering a reputation as one of the most formidable live bands in the South West area of The States.
While perhaps lesser known on UK shores, there have been indents made here, the band playing Will Sergeant’s (Echo & The Bunneymen) Friction Presents showcase as well as other shows in the time since that debut record. Now a full eight years on from its release, we’re very pleased to stream the band’s long-awaited follow-up, ahead of its full release this-coming Friday.
Still full to the brim with slabs of noisy guitar, still led by that part-fiery, part-melancholic, lead vocal the record is a brash undertaking, a rip-roaring concoction of shoegaze and noise-rock that positively explodes out of the speakers. The mood is dense and somewhat volatile but there is a light here too, the band know when to leap forward and when to suddenly rein the whole thing in.
A suitably moody and stormy release, add ‘The Art Of Telling The Truth‘ to your winter’s soundtrack and expunge some demons along the way. Stream it below.
The LP is released on January 29th via HQ and Shifting Sounds