Backbeat: School of Seven Bells Toast 'Ghoststory' Release with NYC Show
Backbeat: School of Seven Bells Toast 'Ghoststory' Release with NYC Show

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Celebrating the release of their third full-length, "Ghostory," on Tuesday (Feb. 28), Brooklyn dream-poppers School of Seven Bells performed an hour-long set at the Mercury Lounge in New York. The show was the first of two sold-out dates at the venue, and the group will support the ethereal new record with a European trek next month following their return to Mercury Lounge on March 1.

"It's a really special day for us -- if I was more eloquent, I could tell you all about it," guitarist Benjamin Curtis told the crowd between new cuts like "The Night" and "Scavenger," and older standouts like "Windstorm." Members of the band's co-managers, Wiz Kid management and GoldVE Entertainment, were on hand for the show, as was Jeremy Maciak of Vagrant Records, which released "Ghostory" with Ghostly International.

leila From left: Ryan Gentles of Wiz Kid management; singer/guitarist Alejandra Deheza; guitarist Benjamin Curtis; Brady Brock, Vice President of Media of GoldVE Entertainment; Danny Goldberg, President of GoldVE Entertainment. (Photo: Jason Lipshutz)

After the band's set, Curtis and singer/guitarist Alejandra Deheza (her twin sister Claudia left the band last year) were unwinding in the basement of the Mercury Lounge with Wiz Kid's Ryan Gentles, GoldVE President Danny Goldberg and GoldVE VP of Media Brady Brock, among others. Curtis (who formed School of Seven Bells after serving as the guitarist of Secret Machines) showed off his tattoo of the cover art of the band's last full-length, 2010's "Disconnect from Desire," in the center of his chest.

When asked if he was going to get the artwork of "Ghostory" tattooed on his body, Curtis wondered aloud if he should get the cover of every School of Seven Bells album somewhere on his frame. "I mean, I plan on making a lot of f---ing records!" he said with a laugh.

Following the March European trek, School of Seven Bells will head back to the States and kick off a U.S. tour on April 4 in Philadelphia.