by Bill Pearis
Italy is known for a lot of things: food, wine, shoes, sports cars, cinema. Indie rock? Not so much, but A Classic Education are hoping change that perception. Hailing from Bologna (home of tagliatelle, ragu bolognese, Lamborghini and Maserati), have been together for about two years and have played with the likes of the Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Fanfarlo, Lightspeed Champion, Jeremy Warmsley, and Los Campesinos! They're about to make their first trip to America, with
two three stops in New York (Death by Audio on 3/13 and Cake Shop on 3/14 and Fontana's on 3/15) before heading to SXSW.
While their debut EP from last year owes a lot to '90s American indie (singer Jonathan Clancy, originally from Canada, sounds a little like Built to Spill's Doug Martsch), they've expanded from a trio to a six-piece (including strings and keyboards) that ups the sweeping romanticism factor quite a bit. There are no shortage of YouTube clips of the band, most of which make them look to be a band worth going to see.
Some of those videos, and all tour dates below...
A Classic Education - "Stay, Son" live in London August, 2008
A Classic Education and Fanfarlo "Best Regards" live in Carpi, 2007
A Classic Education - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 13 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
Mar 14 Cake Shop, Manhattan, New York w/ My Teenage Stride, Knight School NYC, New York
Mar 15th @ Fontana's, NYC with Screaming Tea Party
Mar 18 SXSW, Austin, Texas, USA Austin, Texas
Mar 19 SXSW: After The Jump Fest @ Rusty Spurs Austin, Texas
Mar 20 SXSW: Music For Listeners Austin, Texas
Apr 7 Guided Missile Club w/ Laurel Collective London, London and South East
Apr 24 Warning Day Festival Riva del Garda, Trento