Monday, April 26, 2010

Austin band My Education release original score for F.W. Murnau's 1927 masterpiece, Sunrise; tour with film in June

April 26th, 2010

Austin band My Education compose original score for F.W. Murnau's 1927 masterpiece, Sunrise;

Rolling Stone "surprise find"band to tour accompanying film in June

"There must be something on the air, or in it, to explain the space rock blooming in central Texas. This Austin sextet expands on the arc-riff grandeur of local travelers Explosions in the Sky with John Cale-like viola and simple, rising melodies that take you way up and out. My surprise find at SXSW this year, My Education are advanced ecstasy." -- David Fricke, Rolling Stone 

Just after Austin, TX instrumentalists My Education played a sold out hometown album release show yesterday, the quintet has announced summer US tour dates. The group's latest album is comprised of parts from their original score to director F.W. Murnau's 1927 silent film classic, "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans". The soundtrack, fittingly titled Sunrise, will be released on CD, LP and digital download this Tuesday, April 27th via Strange Attractors Audio House. Select tour dates in support of the album will feature live accompaniment to the film. See complete dates below.

Check out "Oars", the first MP3 from Sunrise HERE.

Additionally, a disc of remixes from the album is currently in the works, with tracks being reworked by members of Pelican, A Place to Bury Strangers, Many Birthdays and others. 

For the past ten years, Austin, TX instrumentalists My Education have splashed their cinematic sound all over the great silver screen that is the Central Texas sky, painting their stories using feedback-laden guitars, swirling melodic viola, rhythm section storm clouds, and flourishes of vibraphone, bells, strings and horns. Claiming five full-length albums, a 12" vinyl collaboration with avant-hip hop duo Dalek, remixes by members of like-minded bands Kinski, Pelican, Red Sparowes, and A Place to Bury Strangers, and several singles and compilation appearances, My Education have cultivated a loyal underground following. 

The band spent most of 2009 working tirelessly on the follow-up to their previous acclaimed LP, Bad Vibrations (Strange Attractors, 2008). Tucked away in the studio, they have captured a calamitous but oddly compelling tension, building to a crescendo of pure ecstasy with their latest and greatest triumph, Sunrise.

Comprised of pieces from the band's original score for Murnau's silent masterpiece, My Education has discovered the perfect forum for which to flex their compositional muscles, achieving ever-transcendent musical heights in the process. This original score was perfected over the last two years through live scoring to the film, performed at sold out shows from coast-to-coast throughout the USA. Just as the music provides new context to the film as a live accompaniment, Sunrise flashes brightly from the speakers, sparking vivid and lush imagery for the listener. Finding parallels to the timeless soundtracks-as-albums Popol Vuh composed for a number of Werner Herzog's films - music with such visual distinction that it went on to become both synonymous with the screen and the band's legacy - Sunrise leaps onto celluloid with confident grace, distinguishing itself as My Education's most diverse and mature release yet. Check out the Austin-American Statesman's dramatic backstory tale of murder, joy and tears in the making of the album.

Recorded byThe Bump Boyz at Headbump Studios, Austin, TX. Mixed by Jason Buntz & Chris "Frenchie" Smith at Bubble, Austin, TX. Sunrise hits stores on April 27, 2010. 

My Education live:

04/25  Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz - Sunrise album release party SOLD OUT
04/30  Houston, TX @ Kohn's Bar "Lost In Space Fest 2" 
05/08  Austin, TX @ The Parish (w/ Eluvium)
05/17  Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz - encore performance of live film score
06/04  Dallas, TX @ The Doublewide
06/05  Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
06/07  Denver, CO @ The Mayan Theatre  *Sunrise live score & movie (buy tickets HERE)
06/08  Salt Lake City, UT @ Tower Theater  *Sunrise live score & movie 
06/09  Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
06/11  Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
06/13  San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
06/15  Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre  *Sunrise live score & movie  (buy tickets HERE
06/17  San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar  (w/Radar Bros.)
06/18  Flagstaff, AZ @ Mia's Lounge

Artist: My Education
Album: Sunrise
Label: Strange Attractors Audio House
Release Date: April 27, 2010

01. Sunset
02. City Woman
03. Lust
04. Oars (MP3)
05. Peasant Dance
06. A Man Alone
07. Sunrise

Hi-Res Photos, Cover Art and Bio:

On the Web:

Members of My Education are available for interviews. For more information, contact Dave Clifford at
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