Biography

XDS create a colorful, genre blending style of Psychedelic Dance-Punk. They integrate elements of Krout rock, no-wave and 12 tone composition wrapped in vibey blown-out synth noises.

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

They were formally based out of Portland and also Oakland as Experimental Dental School where 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. Did you read this all the way to end? Well then you rule – thanks! Jesse and Shoko.

Discography

Forest Field (2009) full length – self released CD https://www.discogs.com/Experimental-Dental-School-Forest-Field/release/5110628

Jane Doe Loves Me (2008) – full length – vinyl, CD, digital – (TCWGA – Germany), (Cochon records – US) https://www.discogs.com/Experimental-Dental-School-Jane-Doe-Loves-Me/release/3971279

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

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

SINGLES / COMPS

Split CD with Eniac – (TCWGA – Germany)
Eccentrics#3 (Tenzenmen – Australia) – comp with sabot, astro can caravan
Memory Lab Split 7″ record with Japan’s Limited Express Has Gone (Memory Lab – Japan)

Memory Lab Split CD with Japan’s Limited Express Has Gone (Memory Lab – Japan)

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

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

Amoeba Music Compilation Vol. 5 (Hip Hop Slam – US)
Lovers & Lollipops Compilation (Lovers & Lollypops – Portugal)
Drop Dead Magazine Compilation (Drop Dead Magazine – Prague)

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 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!"

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

Utilizing lo-fi video and a whole mess of color, XDS does what I typically frown upon — their video is merely them performing. But they do it with style, which negates my frown. “Royal Fantasy Snow” is a comfortable experimental noise-pop track

fensepost.com