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Schoolkids announces two Record Store Day releases!

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Schoolkids announces two Record Store Day releases!

Bettie Serveert “Damaged Good” Colored LP, Gatefold w/ CD insert

The Veldt “Symmetry b/w Slow Grind” 7” Single

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — March 21, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today that two exclusive limited-edition vinyl titles will be released as part of the Tenth Annual Record Store Day event, to be held on April 22nd, 2017.

Bettie Serveert
Damaged Good (LP)
Limited to 1000 Copies in the United States

Dutch indie legends, Bettie Serveert return on their 25th Anniversary with their 11th Studio Album “Damaged Good.” This limited edition exclusive transparent magenta Vinyl LP (beautiful gatefold packaging) will include a digital download and full CD. This is the only version of the LP or CD available in North America.

The Veldt
Symmetry b/w Slow Grind (7” Single)
Limited to 500 Copies in the United States

Legendary North Carolina band The Veldt return with a new single “Symmetry”, available exclusively as a 7” single for Record Store Day 2017.  The lead track and its b-side counterpart “Slow Grind” are two of the best songs released in the band’s 28 year history.  Often compared to the Cocteau Twins, Ride and Lush, this is a must-have for any shoegaze aficionado.  The band has just finished up a US tour with Phantogram, playing sold-out shows every night and winning over tons of new fans in each city.  They will soon be heading out on a string of East Coast dates with their pals (and seminal 4AD band) Modern English, as well with a new EP ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation’, which is slated for worldwide release in June 2017. Neither ‘Symmetry’ nor ‘Slow Grind’ are on the forthcoming EP, and can only be obtained on this 7” exclusive/limited single.  


Bettie Serveert
Love Sick (feat. Peter te Bos)

Bettie Serveert

The Veldt

The Veldt
Slow Grind

Bettie Serveert
Never Be Over (feat Prof. Nomad & Co)

Bettie Serveert
Mouth Of Age

These titles are very limited and will only be available at your local independent record store nationwide.  For a list of participating stores and a list of all 2017 Record Store Day releases for the US, please visit: and please call your local record shop to find out more details!


Label Contact:

Stephen Judge



Bettie Serveert:

The Veldt:


Happy Abandon Spring Tour ‘17 w/ Toma!

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Happy Abandon Spring Tour ‘17 w/ Toma!

Tour runs up the east coast April 13-23

Band has finished recording their debut full-length stated for August 2017

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — March 4, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records announced today that Happy Abandon will head out on the road for a special east coast tour with pals Toma starting next month.  The band just finished recording and will be playing tracks from their forthcoming debut album, slated for release in August 2017.  Dates are below.

Happy Abandon & Toma

Spring Tour 2017

Thurs, April 13th – Chapel Hill, NC- The Cave (HA only)

Tues, April 18th – Carrboro, NC – The Cat’s Cradle Back Room (Toma only)

Wed, April 19th – Asheville, NC – The Compound

Thur, April 20th – Salem, VA – Parkway Brewing Company

Fri, April 21st – Washington, DC – The Velvet Lounge

Sat, April 22nd – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall

Sun, April 23rd – Philadelphia, PA – Pentajawn

Also, the band recently stopped by A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater to record a set for the city of Raleigh’s “Oak City Sessions”.  You can watch the performance for “Heavy Lines” by clicking here or on the image below:


Happy Abandon History

(click on link for history and video links)

The stage is set for Happy Abandon to be a ground-breaking group” (Paste Magazine)

Happy Abandon is an orchestral indie rock band, based out of Chapel Hill, NC.  Formed in 2015, the band members met as students, at the University of North Carolina.   Consisting of Peter Vance (Vocals, Guitar), Jake Waits (Drums, Percussion), Justin Ellis (Bass) and Alex Thompson (Keyboards, Programming).

Happy Abandon’s sound can only be aptly described by a hybrid of their critical praise: “A crescendo of chiming guitars, layered with bright textures, propulsive bass lines, stormy and tight percussion and fuzzy synth.  With a wide influence of music from around the globe, the band emulates theatrical imagery while exploding into a rousing instrumental coda with dreamy vocals and highly intelligent lyrics.”

Their self-released debut EP “Heavy Lines” was produced by Grammy-nominated producer John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity, Cry of Love) and is a stunning debut for a band that had only formed a few months prior to recording.  Happy Abandon is currently in the studio with Producers Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) and Jason Merritt (Tift Merritt, Hot Hot Heat) to record their debut full-length album which is set to be released on the indie label Schoolkids Records (Tommy Keene, Bettie Serveert, Swervedriver, The Church) in August 2017.

Receiving rave reviews from local and national press alike, a band wise beyond their years, Happy Abandon poses to be one of the next break-out bands from the talent-rich North Carolina music scene, which has garnered success from such artists as:  The Avett Brothers, Tift Merritt, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Ben Folds and Ryan Adams, to name a few.  This simply, is a band on the verge of creating their own identity and making its mark.

In regards to the lyrical meaning, in a recent interview with Paste Magazine, singer Peter Vance commented:

“The inspiration for the song ‘If I Stare’ comes from the question of what makes someone happy, what makes someone scared, and how the two are related. It is human nature to fear death. Time ticks in one direction, and we can’t control that. We all want to feel accomplished before time undoubtedly stops, but what if you don’t know what you want to accomplish before that happens,”

“The fear of never finding out can ultimately prevent people from ever finding out. It creates this sort of feedback loop where one is using so much energy, but never actually accomplishing anything. So instead of looking forward at the unknown, people find comfort in looking back at what has already been set in their own personal timeline. I feel overwhelmed by this idea all the time, and it’s exhausting. I feel like I have to be someone I’m not just so I can be as present as possible.”


Charming and brilliant vocals are prominently displayed within the piece, with a blissful and enchanting bed of music that is layered throughout. Picking up in intensity, the song entices your ears with elements of classic Indie nostalgia, with a sugary, unique twist and Pop sensibility. Echoing harmonies are laced with a haunting string section which will make you fall in love. “If I Stare,” is a breakout single for the band, as they put their name on the map as a noteworthy and unforgettable musical force.

– Louise Parker, Paste Magazine
As a dynamic first statement, ‘Heavy Lines’ makes a case that Happy Abandon could break through to the big stages its idols occupy – Spencer Griffith, Indy Week

There is a strong spirit of dream pop embedded in a gutsy sound. They achieve a big sound as the production is strong as the guitars ring out steadily. It is the lead vocals that resonate profoundly, as the singer pulls and pushes his words with a dramatic flair with no shortage of grace. This is smart music, well produced, and with lots of heart.

– David Hintz, DC Rock Live



Justin Ellis

To Be Heard Booking


Label & Management Contact:

Stephen Judge

Mary Liles




Happy Abandon:

To Be Heard Booking: