Bad Vibrations Records Signs Unschooling, New Single Out Now

Photo by Luisa Loreal

Rouen, France-based outfit Unschooling are today sharing their new single ‘Shopping On The Left Bank’ ahead of newly announced UK/EU tour dates, as well as announcing they’ve signed to Bad Vibrations Records.

Their brand of energetic post-punk is one that revels in calculated discord. Chaotic ensembles of complex mathy guitar lines, dissatisfied vocals and twitchy rhythm sections have drawn comparisons to such contemporaries as Omni, Crack Cloud and Women, but all wrapped up in a Contortions-esque No Wave spontaneity. 

On the new single, which arrives following their 2021 Random Acts of Total Control EP, frontman/guitarist Vincent Fevrier says, “Shopping On The Left Bank mainly talks about the gentrification of Rouen’s left bank – something that’s happening in every other major city – but I tried to make it almost laughable. I find the result both danceable but very chaotic, even dark. It was recorded on a broken tape recorder using cheap tapes, broken guitars and amplifiers. This one was hard to complete.”

Composed of former members of fellow Rouennaise group MNNQNS, Unschooling emerged with their self-released nine-song Defensive Designs cassette in 2019 which made a splash in the French indie scene. Last year’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 in the current school of post-punk revivalists. 

Unschooling Tour Dates

22/04/22 – Bourges, FR @ Le Printemps De Bourges Festival  
27/04/22 – Paris, FR @ L’International
28/04/22 – Limoges, FR @ Le Phare
29/04/22 – Bordeaux, FR @ Iboat
12/05/22 – The Great Escape (Brighton, UK) @ Horatio’s Bar
13/05/22 – The Great Escape (Brighton, UK) @ Green Door Store
14/05/22 – The Great Escape (Brighton, UK) @ Club Revenge
27/05/22 – Manchester, UK @ Meltchester Festival
28/05/22 – London, UK @ Wide Awake Festival
29/05/22 – Nottingham, UK @ Dot to Dot Festival
30/05/22 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House (w/ Automatic)
31/05/22 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
01/06/22 – Newcastle, UK @ The Head Of Steam
02/06/22 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
03/06/22 – Margate, UK @ Elsewhere
05/06/22 – Angers, FR @ Levitation France
11/06/22 – Hilvarenbeek (Tilburg, NL) @ Best Kept Secret Festival  
18/06/22 – Metz, FR @ La Face Cachee
01/07/22 – Six-Fours-Les-Plages, FR @ Pointu Festival
16/07/22 – Nijmegen, NL @ Valkhof Festival
19/08/22 – Riantec, FR @ Varma Festival
21/08/22 – Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK @ Green Man Festival

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