Established in 2017, the 4-piece band The National Honor Society, comprised of Coulter Leslie (Lead vocals, guitars), Jerry Peerson (Lead guitar, backing vocals) Andrew Gaskin (Bass, backing vocals), and Will Hallauer (Drums), although based in Seattle, WA, are strongly influenced by the refined and melancholic, at the same time dreamy and intense, 80’s Indie Pop/New Wave guitar sound from across the pond, of bands such as The Smiths, The Railway Children, The Pale Fountains, Lloyd Cole And The Commotions, China Crisis, Prefab Sprout and so on.
The group have dropped a liminal video by Kyle Porter for “The Following”, the 3rd single off the upcoming sophomore album “To All The Distance Between Us”, due out April 21, 2023, as a co-release with Shelflife Records, Discos De Kirlian, and Subjangle.
“The Following” observes the current mass mania of mindless group think through a fantastical imaginary of sparkling whimsical jangly guitar melodies, low comforting bass lines, light heart-skipping drum beats, and lush up-lifting orchestral swathes, coalescing with breathless layers of dreamy, longing vocals and cool celestial back-ups, to immerse modern dystopic confusion in a fluffy soothing headspace of necessary escape.
Black and white visuals, by Pacific Northwest filmmaker Kyle Porter, blend evocative performance shots with symbolic settings, and surreal flows of motion to capture the introspective sentiments of the soundtrack. Liquid layers of time rain altered perceptions over shadowy optical illusions whilst ghostly backward walks along the seashore bring forth inverse reflections from parallel dimensions of virtual visions.
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