The guitar bends to the breaking point. Drums crack pump and coo.
Synthesizer samples crisp & crackle. A voice howls.
A sea of bass over a lake of pedals.
Nerdy dirty Jazz punk? vintage garage pop?
psychedelic world music?,, synth fractured dance beats?
Pretty? yes. Ugly? yes.
Jesse Hall : guitar, voice, sounds (sampler/casios).
Shoko Horikawa : drums.
Shoko Horikawa & Jesse Hall started playing music together in 1998 as band called Meyow. They became Experimental Dental School in 2002 playing in a Trio formation; They lived and played in the San Francisco bay area for many years. In 2008 XDS moved to Portland Oregon & became a duo. XDS has had several other drummers join in.
XDS has played all over the world – touring Japan, Europe (5 times) and the US many times.
They have shared the stage with a wide variety of bands (from pure noise to pure pop bands) including:
Deerhoof (2 months of touring), Liars, Joe Laly (Fugazi), The Shins, Deerhunter, Trans am, The Make up, Spoon, Matmos, Starfucker, Earth, Black Dice, Coachwhips and whole bunch of other great ones..
— Forest Field (2009 full length – free download)
–Jane Doe Loves Me (full length on TCWGA & Cochon records)
–2 1/2 Creatures (full length on TCWGA, Deleted Art & Cochon records)
–Hideous Dance Attack!!! (full length on TCWGA, & self released CD)
–Split CD with Germany’s Eniac
–Eccentrics#3 (Australian comp with sabot, astro can caravan)
–Split 7′” record with Japan’s Limited Express Has Gone
–Split CD with Japan’s Limited Express Has Gone (Memory Lab, JP)
–Split 7′” record with Japan’s Limited Express Has Gone (Deleted Art, SE)
–Split 7′” record with Italy’s Blown Paper Bags – —-Split 7″ (Cragstan Astronaut)
–Amoeba Music Compilation Vol. 5
–Lovers & Lollipops Compilation (Portugal)
–Drop Dead Magazine Compilation (Prague)
“XDS manages to make some highly accessible experimental pop music,
and the track below should explain the group’s popularity to the
uninitiated: it is a gorgeous, spacy, intensely weird piece of songwriting.”
“XDS took a set of drums and a guitar and electrified the anxious crowd.”
–Jennifer Monteagudo, CMJ.com (Irving plaza NYE CMJ 2008 show review)
–Andrew R Tonry, Portland Mercury
“surprisingly gnarly riffs”
–Nate Chinen, nyTimes.com
“Experimental Dental School is one of the most exciting and stunning bands I’ve heard in a while.”, “There’s a life and energy behind their work that’s rare and jaw-dropping”
–Michael Mannheimer, bibabidi.com
“There’s nothing not to love about these 12 off-kilter stabs of exuberantly creative freak rock.”
–By Scott A. Gray, Exclaim Magazine
“In a Word: Bold”, “Grade: A-”
–Aidan Castori, Aquarian magazine
“some of the strangest, yet musically impressive melodies concocted within the past three years.”
–Jay Ziegler, consequenceofsound.net (Jane Doe Loves Me review)
“Experimental Dental School’s second full-length album is as fun and clever as it is categorically indefinable.”
–Samuel Sharkey, Performer Magazine
“it’s is easy to understand why the band’s music sends their fans into hysterics at their live shows.”
–Stephen Cramer, AllMusic.com
“This is the affirmation of the thesis that music can indeed be art. ”
“Experimental Dental School creates music filled with vision, wit, and vitality”
–Alex K. Fong, SF BAY GUARDIAN
“All in all this record kicks an unreasonable amount of ass”
–Ryan Powers, Slug Magazine
Best of The Bay 2004 .. “If you haven’t checked out EDS’s debut album, Hideous Dance Attack!!!, do so immediately!”
–SF BAY GUARDIAN
“the perfect soundtrack for cruising through the city on a beautiful day.” “these are the dance traxx!!!! you will not be disappointed with this record!!!!”
— Noella Marie, KUSF
“2 1/2 Creatures confirms that E.D.S. are more than capable of making themselves equally at home in indie post-rock and no wave basements, jazz joints and circus tents.” “very coo!”
“I was so amazed by their creativity”
— Brian Shevlin, Heckler Magazine Portland OR
“EDS kick up a furious racket over the 10 tracks of Hideous Dance Attack!!!. ”
— Matt Fink, Skyscraper Magazine
“The band’s full-length debut, Hideous Dance Attack!!! was recently released to excited, if not baffled critical acclaim.”
— Dusted Magazine