A Brief Introduction
guy named Henning (that's his first name) writes and sings the songs
in School for the Dead. That's primarily what one needs to know
about this band. In fact, Henning, Just recently won the WRSI (one
of Rollingstone's Top 10 Radio Stations) Singer Songwriter Contest.
of School for the Dead have been in bands with and/or recorded with
such luminaries as Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), Chris Collingwood
(Fountains of Wayne), Lloyd Cole, Joe Pernice (Scud Mountains Boys,
The Pernice Brothers) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.
that members of SFTD have been part of include The Maggies, New
Radiant Storm King, The Aloha Steamtrain, The Mammals, The Gay Potatoes,
Lo Fine, The Figments, King Radio, Spanish for Hitchhiking, The
Tea Lights, and Humbert.
that information, the savvy reader will have discerned that SFTD
is based in the Northeast. Yes, that is the case.
for the Dead has shared the stage with Freedy Johnston, Mates of
State, Of Montreal, J. Mascis, Fountains of Wayne, Martin Sexton,
and Ivy among many others.
what some people have said about School for the Dead:
about four or five years now, I've been playing Henning's songs
for people and saying they were my own. Please don't tell him that.
Brief, romantic and simple, in a why-didn't-I-think-of-that way,
his stories and melodies touch people without resorting to attitude
or pretense. If his name weren't so hard to pronounce, he'd be Yngwie
Malmsteen by now."
--Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne)
intriguingly bright disc...rich in verbal color...Listening to "Henning's
School for the Dead," I was struck by a simple truth: I like
contemporary rock a lot more than I used to....loud or not, intelligible
lyrics really are art, and, by the way, there's still a lot to be
said for melody."
--John Stiffler, Daily Hampshire Gazette
***1/2 - "retro sensibilities and comfortable pop songwriting
clever imagery and arrangements"
-- James Heflin, Valley Advocate
"Henning's School for the Dead" is the cleanest piece
of pop music to come out of Northampton in a while. While he'd also
make it in the lands of R.E.M. and Husker Dü, Ohlenbusch is
a model of Western Massachusetts pop... (he) has a penchant for
saying things how they really are."
--Josh Shear, Chicopee Herald
of XTC, Robyn Hitchcock, The Monkeees, Jane Siberry, The Zombies,
Harry Nilsson, Of Montreal, Paul Simon, Astrud Gilberto, Nick Drake,
The Cars, They Might Be Giants, Camper Van Beethoven, The Velvet
Underground, The Police, The Beatles, Flaming Lips, Acetone, Elvis
Costello, Lilac Time, Beck, Matthew Sweet, Teenage Fanclub, The
Smiths, Dead Milkmen, The Cure, World Party, The Las, Blur, Apples
In Stereo, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Syd Barrett, Sam Phillips,
The Pixies, Neil Diamond, Talking Heads, The Buzzcocks, Pavement,
Ben Folds, Laurie Anderson, Randy Newman, Wilco, and Bjork,
might enjoy School for