Education / Press

“Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the fabulous Education. These are heartbroken local Texas boys who spew lament with buzzsaw guitars and raw ballads that define the very beginnings of staggering rock ’n’ roll. Think Iggy Pop without the flailing around or Donovan’s oh-so-pleasing voice soaked in three quarts of age-old whiskey. Songs like “Hey Shoot It,” “Sleep Annie,” and “I Do” are reminiscent of the best of the British Invasion and possibly belong on a Decca Stereo Anthology. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that famed Strokes producer Gordon Raphael sat in on the knob-twisting. There’s a definitive ’60s rock ’n’ roll tinge here, but it’s still super sexy and kind of sultry, fueled by a wanting angst, unadulterated lingering, sad timing, bad timing, and of course, heartache. Always heartache, backed by a rolling class of thundering bass, pulsing ride cymbal, and a combination of wailing piano and harmonica the howling Sonics or an even-more-sedated Wilco would be”

“In powerfully fragile and sometimes dreamlike songs, they conjure a communal and uplifting experience with music that intimately speaks to even the largest of audiences (akin to the likes of Depeche Mode and U2). Ultimately, what shines through in Education is a very San Antonio spirit. There is a palpable sense of place and purpose in Education’s music, from wide-eyed joy in “Bells” to “Sleep Annie” with its soaring chorus. The barn-rattling “Place I Love The Most” could be a de facto love letter to San Antonio itself. A distant, yet warm, organ intro on “Owen” seems tailor-made to rock a stadium. One can almost hear a festival crowd chanting, “My love is here to stay all the days. My love is in your eyes all the time.” Casually genius lyrics on a track that could also be interpreted as the band’s statement of intent: they’re here to stay. Their confidence and musical prowess suggests these artists possess a panoramic vision and refuse to be pigeonholed.”

“Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Education obviously studied the masters and hit the books hard, earning an A in both the effort and artistry categories. The quartet concentrates on off-kilter, cavernous, headlong indie-rock that brings to mind Wolf Parade and pre-Lisbon The Walkmen. The jaunty, jangly “Hold My Hand” hits the listener with a skewed blast of pop-song sunshine coated in dark B3 Hammond lines and Phillip Bowman’s cracked vocals, while “Golden Boys” breaks format with a pounding saloon-piano chord progression adorned with tambourine and a cymbal-smashing crescendo. Interestingly, it was the band’s previous (and very kickass) appearance at Neon Reverb in 2010 that convinced these guys to quit their day jobs, buy a school bus, go on tour and make music their No. 1 priority. For most bands, this is a pretty dubious move. But Education looks like they’ll make the grade with relative ease. Check out their gorgeous, scrappy ballad “Sleep Annie””

““I worked with Education for the last four days and we almost finished a 10-song album, and it’s really good. And I think when people hear this record a lot of them are going to want to come and record with me here, and Education will get a lot of respect and power to get their music out into the world. They’re a really good band and the songs are amazing.” (Gordon Raphael-famed Producer of The Strokes) ”

“Hard to describe except for to say - imagine the sons of Johnny Cash, now imagine them singing and playing in the Dead Kennedys. Ooops! What would that be like? Well Education, of course. Sometimes the heartbroken young Texan boy, lamenting about his and other peoples heartbreak, and suddenly taking a left turn with punk-curdling screams of rage, and buzzsaw guitars going off in all directions”