Chapter is excited to release the self-titled debut album by Melbourne, Australia wobbly pop foursome School Damage. Formed by Carolyn Hawkins (Chook Race) and Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, Hierophants) whose other projects have had releases on Goner Records, HoZac and Trouble In Mind. They were soon joined by Jeff Raty on drums and and Dani Damage on bass.
School Damage's sound is defined by wonky keyboards, weaving bass lines, and lyrics focused on the anxieties of modern life and love. They take cues from 80s DIY pop outfits such as The Vaselines, Young Marble Giants and The Particles.
“A lot of the songs reflect a sense of self-doubt in relation to the world around me,” says Carolyn. “I think the internet calls it a quarter life crisis.” Jake says his School Damage songs are “about acting adult, having to have stressful small-talk conversations with people, not having fun in the rain etc.”
The album was recorded in Melbourne and Geelong by Billy Gardner (Ausmuteants, Living Eyes) and mixed/mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
School Damage’s previous releases have been cassettes and 7”s on local labels Moontown and Detonic Records. They played King Gizzard’s Gizzfest in 2016 and have shared stages with the likes of The Bats, Twerps and The Cannanes.