Heterotopia: Live Concert Performance
OBERON Shows
September 29, 2017 at 9PM
"Schooltree's epic rock opera is defiantly, fantastically ambitious."
WBUR's the ARTery
This September, Schooltree returns to OBERON to reprise their new rock opera Heterotopia live in its entirety after the sold out premiere performance earlier this year. This show celebrates the release of the companion book to the album: kaleidoscopic watercolor storyboard illustrations telling the story of Suzi in Otherspace, including lyrics, plot synopsis and character information.
 
From siren song of doom to shredding anthem of the righteous, Schooltree is art rock built for an amphitheater. Their "fantastically, defiantly ambitious" (NPR) second studio release and multimedia epic Heterotopia fuses the research of classical music and literature with high-voltage pop songwriting in an absorbing, allegorical story. A dark call from the bottom of a river beckons you to leap, while a strange angel's voice stutters in and out of spacetime to guide you to salvation. This is the music of dream and nightmare — a prism of sound shining through a crack in the sidewalk from another world.
 
When Suzi loses her body, she must make her way through a parallel world of the collective unconscious called Otherspace to get it back. But the road she must travel has been overtaken by shadows and chaos. In order to become whole again, Suzi must uncover the origins of this darkness, in a journey that takes her from the neon lights of her plasterboard horizon home to the bottom of a cursed river, where the fate of Otherspace and her own are inextricably linked. 
 
Following the classic hero's quest in a modern urban setting, Heterotopia explores the themes of dystopia, dissociation, and the spaces we occupy - and how they interact with one another to create transformation.
 
Led by "determined frontwoman" (WBUR) and artist/producer with a "singular view on all things musical" (Fireworks Magazine) Lainey Schooltree, the grant-awarded 5-piece band charts a stubbornly individualistic path in the era of the algorithm-driven pop single with this effort.

 

Heterotopia is, indeed, an opera, and it operates on an oceanic scale. The music is fluid and prismatic, churning through knotty riffs and shimmery hooks before coming to rest, briefly, in sublime moments of repose.
WBUR
There’s no question who released the year’s most ambitious album on the local scene. That would be Lainey Schooltree, who conjured the 24-song art-rock opus Heterotopia... What could be a convoluted mess in less skillful hands glides into an even-toned adventure, both lyrically and musically.
Improper Bostonian
Lainey Schooltree spent years putting together a 100-minute double album telling the tale of Suzi, a dreamer and underachiever who loses her body and has to take a trip through the collective unconscious to retrieve it. Yup, it’s wild — think less 'Hair,' more Genesis’ 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.'
The Boston Herald
"[Heterotopia] just never tires. It's still giving up its secrets, such is the range and depth of material on display.
Fireworks Magazine
During a time when the fight for reproductive rights is again part of the national conversation, the poignancy of a writing a character who’s literally on a journey to reclaim her body isn’t lost on Schooltree. And the opera has shades of dystopian fare like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, both of which have seen sales spikes in the 'alternative facts' era.
Scout Somerville
Here we have an artist who obviously doesn't know the meaning of the word compromise and as such has produced an album that is rich in both scope and vision.
Glorydaze
One of the most wholly unexpected works of genius that I have ever encountered.
Progarchy
Taken individually, all of the songs are interesting and enjoyable, and taken as a whole, Heterotopia is a considerable achievement, worthy of notice outside of the band’s hometown, and a notch or two above any number of overblown prog epics from recent years that I could name.
Exposé
Paired with the heady psychological themes, Heterotopia is a lot to take in at once — but then again, Schooltree never really intended for it to be any other way.
Vanyaland
Schooltree's music embodies the essence of Art Rock, with catchy melodies, sophisticated arrangements, lush instrumentation, and a wide array of influences.
Progarchives

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$15-25

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2 hours

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OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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