by The Philadelphia Weekly as evidence of a musical renaissance
in North Carolina (hearkening back to the Triangle's early-90s heyday), Schooner
is a fivesome from Chapel Hill made up of siblings Reid and Kathryn
Johnson, Tripp Cox, Megan Culton and Billy Alphin.
Schooner is currently one of North Carolina's catchiest, melding an
effective compound of conscious pop writing with near-tangible grit.
The backlash-proof sturdiness of Guided By Voices and the upbeat thrill
of the Wedding Present are recalled but perhaps not depended upon. They
hit all the right chords, sing with pure sincerity and produce the most
ranges of energy." - Encore Magazine
or Fight! debut will be released in August 2007, followed in November by
an EP. The full-length will be available for online-only.purchase in May.
The music is equal parts fresh and familiar, urgent and languorous, morose and
frenzied. The four-track, lo-fi quality of the early songs hasn’t been
sacrificed to studio wizardry, evoking immediate parallels to Guided by Voices;
but there’s also a gritty, fuzzy anti-pop flair that recalls Archers of
Loaf and My Bloody Valentine, in addition to the debonair brooding of The Smiths." -
excerpt from Copper Press article
" If you don't already know Schooner's music, you're missing out on not
only a great N.C. band, but a poetically inclined buffet of pop
perfection." - The Wilmington Star
RIYL - Guided by Voices, Wilco, Sun Kill Moon, The Beach Boys