‘Art School Droput’ by Rodney Fisher & The Response
Released September 29, 2023 via Bigpop.
Available on vinyl through Bandcamp and at JB-Hifi
“This music is more intimate and personal than one might expect,” Fisher explains. “I’ve been making music for as long as I can remember, but now by not being a frontman I can lose myself in the music and listen in a completely new way.”
A long-time admirer of the Christchurch duo’s sound, Fisher finally met The Response after hearing their cover of Goodshirt’s “Fiji Baby”. “We got talking, and I made plans to send them a track to get their take on a remix version,” he remembers.
Art School Dropout blends The Responses’ atmospheric electronic elements with more acoustic sonic moments. The Response duo of Victoria and Andy Knopp were more than happy to enhance their connection with Fisher by making a full-length album together.
“While making Art School Dropout, we were trying to get a blend of the grounded sounds of acoustic driven music with the more otherworldly electronic embellishments that help create an atmosphere of introspection and nostalgia,” they say. “We knew Rodney wanted to explore a more fragile voice style with this record and we wanted to make sure the instrumentals were the perfect bed for letting that emotive vocal delivery shine.”
The album includes the singles “Something Nothing”, “Keeping Up Appearances” featuring fellow Christchurch duo Terrible Sons, as well as the sweeping final single “Take It Slow”, which is accompanied by a moody black-and-white video.
– Rolling Stone Australia (see the full article here)
Releases by The Response
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Albums and EPs
The Response Discography includes:
Singles: Over The Moon (2023), The Perfect Life (2022), Circles Within Circles (2022), Stuck In Your Head (2022), 40,000 Day And Night (2021), New Pair Of Pants / Coming Collapse (2020), All Of My Flaws (2020), Faded Paper (2019), Picture Undefined (2019), Tallest Walls (2019), Practical (2018), Only In The Night (2018), Holding Out For Something (2017) Hours (2016), You Wanted To Go (2015)
Albums: Escaping This Cold Rotation (2019), North Of Nowhere (2014), Familiar Ache (2013), The Response (2012)
EPs: Open Doors (2019, India & South Asia only), Little Worlds (2018), What Are You Waiting For? (2017), Escape To This (2015), Enough For Them (2014), 48 Hour EP (2012)
THE RESPONSE – ESCAPING THIS COLD ROTATION
Escaping This Cold Rotation is a full length album from New Zealand alternative pop duo The Response. Recorded between Vancouver and their home of New Zealand the album’s fifteen tracks explore the cyclical nature of human thought through adversity while digging deeper into the electronic textures and energetic percussion that have become the duo’s signature. Early singles ‘Tallest Walls’ and ‘Practical’ have drawn comparisons to Broods, Mura Masa and The 1975.
The album is bookended by the minimalistic tracks ‘Analyse’ and ‘Tell Me When You Know It’s Right’, the former expressing the need to break the cycle and the later concluding that the answer is outside of yourself. Lyrically and sonically the remainder of the alt pop tracks explore the duality that exists in emotion and circumstance. At the centre sits ‘Split In Two’, which divides the album into two halves that mirror each other.
RELEASE: 6 December, 2019
Open Doors EP
Open Doors is a limited release EP by The Response through Mumbai based record label 9122 Records. Available in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal.
Stream on JioSaavn, Hungama Music, Gaana, Spotify, Apple Music
- The Perfect Life
- Circles Within Circles
- Victoria (Exponents Cover)
- Stuck In Your Head
- Hollow Branches
- 40,000 Day and Night
- New Pair Of Pants (Coming Collapse)
- All Of My Flaws
- Escaping This Cold Rotation
- Faded Paper
- Picture Undefined
- Tallest Walls
- Little Worlds
- What Are You Waiting For?
- Holding Out For Something
- You Wanted to Go
- Escape to this
The Response and American French Fries
- North of Nowhere
- Familiar Ache
- You’re Not Alone
- The Response
- North is False (The Response Remix)
- While he waits (Lockjaw Cover)
- 48 Hour EP
- Be Mayan