Biography

XDS create a colorful, genre bending style of Psychedelic Dance-Punk. They integrate elements of Krout rock, no-wave and vintage soundtrack 12-tone composition with vibey blown-out synth samplers.

Over the past 20 years they’ve produced 11 releases and toured internationally as well as throughout the US.

They were formally based out of Oakland CA, then Portland OR under the name Experimental Dental School. The won the Guardian’s best of the bay “Best Weirdo Band award”.

Shoko Horikawa plays drums and Jesse Hall plays Guitar-o-bass (combination bass and guitar), synths samplers, loops, and voice.

In their free time they enjoy running, crochet and heavy petting of assorted animals. 

Discography

Bicycle Ripper 

Coming out in late fall 2022 on https://www.mtstmtn.com 

Jane Doe Loves Me (Cochon records – US) – full length – vinyl, CD, digital – (TCWGA – Germany),  https://www.discogs.com/Experimental-Dental-School-Jane-Doe-Loves-Me/release/3971279

2 1/2 Creatures (2006) (Cochon records – US) – full length – vinyl, CD, digital – TCWGA (Germany), (Deleted Art – Sweden),  https://www.discogs.com/Experimental-Dental-School-2-12-Creatures/release/1803267

Hideous Dance Attack!!! (2003 TCWGA – Germany) – full length – vinyl, CD, digital – (TCWGA – Germany)
https://www.discogs.com/Experimental-Dental-School-Hideous-Dance-Attack/master/1037549

SINGLES / COMPS

Valley Fever vinyl comp – Cracks In The Concrete

https://www.discogs.com/release/20672437-Various-Cracks-In-The-Concrete

Memory Lab Split 7″ record with Japan’s Limited Express Has Gone (Memory Lab – Japan) – https://www.discogs.com/master/616252-Experimental-Dental-School-Limited-Express-Has-Gone-Experimental-Express-Explorer

Deleted Art Split (Sweden) – 7″ record with Japan’s Limited Express Has Gone 

https://www.discogs.com/release/1216256-Experimental-Dental-School-Limited-Express-Has-Gone-Experimental-Express-Explorer

-Cragstan Astronaut Split (Cragstan Astronaut – Italy) – 7″ record with Italy’s Blown Paper Bags

https://www.discogs.com/release/2244921-Experimental-Dental-School-Blown-Paper-Bags-Split-7

Amoeba Music Compilation Vol. 5 (Hip Hop Slam – US)

Lovers & Lollipops Compilation (Lovers & Lollypops – Portugal)

Press

It's is easy to understand why the band's music sends their fans into hysterics at their live shows.

–Stephen Cramer, AllMusic.com

"some of the strangest, yet musically impressive melodies concocted within the past three years.

–Jay Ziegler, consequenceofsound.net (Jane Doe Loves Me review)

"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."

–http://www.xlr8r.com

simply phenomenal

–Andrew R Tonry, Portland Mercury

XDS took a set of drums and a guitar and electrified the anxious crowd.

–Jennifer Monteagudo, CMJ.com (Irving plaza NYE CMJ show review)

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.

–Scott A. Gray, Exclaim Magazine

In a Word: Bold", "Grade: A

–Aidan Castori, Aquarian magazine

as fun and clever as it is categorically indefinable.

–Samuel Sharkey, Performer Magazine - album review

Experimental Dental School creates music filled with vision, wit, and vitality

–SF Bay Gaurdian

This is the affirmation of the thesis that music can indeed be art.

–yellowisthenewpink.com

All in all this record kicks an unreasonable amount of ***

–Ryan Powers, Slug Magazine

Best of The Bay Award "If you haven't checked out EDS's debut album, Hideous Dance Attack!!!, do so immediately!"

–SF Bay Gaurdian

"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 X.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!"X

–aquariusrecords.org

I was so amazed by their creativity

–Brian Shevlin, Heckler Magazine Portland OR

The band's full-length debut, "Hideous Dance Attack!!!" was recently released to excited, if not baffled critical acclaim.

–Dusted Magazine