Recently announcing their debut album New World Artifacts out 6th October 2023 via Bad Vibrations Records (pre-order here), Unschooling share new single ‘Ribbon Road’.
Already teasing the record with lead single ‘Brand New Storm’ (video here), ‘Ribbon Road’ sees the band steer away from post-punk into a curious, almost-jazzy piece led by two basses, two drums and guitars in unison with saxophones recorded in collaboration with Levi Gillis. “’It’s a labyrinthine tribute to the famous Mario Kart course of the same name.”, adds lead vocalist and guitarist Vincent Fevrier.
New World Artifacts a collection of lo-fi post-punk clocking in at 30 minutes, underscored with subtle pop melodies and structures but never far away from bouts of anarchic no-wave dissonance. Here, Unschooling claim loud and clear their desire to return to a sound which is less calibrated, less obvious.
A 5-piece from France, they emerged with their self-released Defensive Designs cassette in 2019 which made a splash in the French indie scene. 2021’s follow-up Random Acts of Total Control EP solidified their reputation further afield and established them as one of the most exciting new acts.
For all that New World Artifacts might be chaotic and experimentally-grounded, it’s above all else a fun and entertaining listen that never takes itself too seriously. It’s for this reason that the band have already been heralded as one of the most exciting up-and-comers in the new school of post-punk revivalists, playing to busy crowds and festival fields across the continent. New World Artifacts might just mark them out as the best in class.
The band will set off on a UK headline tour this October/November, with tickets on-sale now here.
Damien Tebbal: bass
Vincent Fevrier: lead vocals/guitar
Paul Morvant: guitar
Marc Lebreuilly: synth/guitar
Thomas Fromager: drums
New World Artifacts
out 6th October 2023 via Bad Vibrations