Newly signed to the label, Skinny Dog, set up by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Mark Potter alongside Pete Jobson of I am Kloot come The Drifting Classroom. Made up of Marc Sunderland (guitar & vocals), Richard Jones (keyboards), Allan Falcon (drums & percussion), Max Barker (bass) and Simon Morgan (guitar) they formed out of the ashes of Sunderlands previous group, the lauded Peter & the Wolf, taking their name from a horror Manga series. Alongside the release of the album, due to take place on Friday 8th July, the band have an accompanying single, out the same day, called Doo What.
Doo What is a likable mix of folk-pop with a little bit of cinematic indie pop (yeah, glockenspiel) thrown in there for good measure. Like the title hints at, there’s a little bit of Doo wop in there as well, and it’s wrapped up and package in a little tune that’s as close to pure pop perfection as you’ll hear this side of Ian Broudie. Sunderland lyrics, telling the tale of an an encounter with a woman on the last train home from Liverpool, heading to a women’s refuge is full of honestly and bitter sweet…well…sympathy, actually.
Check out the accompanying video here
Catch the band at one of their live shows over the summer – more to be added.
UK Tour Dates
Wednesday 6 July: Manchester – Night & Day Cafe (Doo What Single Launch for Skinny Dog Records)
Thursday 14 July: Hull – The Adelphi
Friday 22 July: Wigan – Old Courts
Monday 1 August: Amsterdam – The Paradiso
Friday 19 August: Liverpool – The Zanzibar
Saturday 20 August: Blackpool – Bootleg