This band that used to be called
Experimental Dental School.
Now it's called XDS.
XDS has 2 members:
- Jesse Hall
- Maxamillion Avalon
The guitar bends to the breaking point. Drums crack pump and coo. Synthesizer samples crisp & crackle. A voice howls. A sea of bass over a lake of pedals.
Nerdy dirty Jazz punk? vintage garage pop? psychedelic world music?,, synth fractured dance beats? Pretty? yes. Ugly? yes.
XDS has had the good fortune to be able to play all over the world - Japan, Europe (5 times) and the US many times.
They have shared the stage with a wide variety of bands
(from pure noise to pure pop bands) including: Deerhoof (2 months touring), Joe Laly (Fugazi), Deerhunter, Black Dice, Trans am, The Make up, Spoon, Matmos, EStarfucker, Earth, kid 606, Coachwhips, Hella, Xbxrx, and whole bunch of other great ones..
Shoko Horikawa & Jesse Hall started playing music together in 1998 as band called Meyow. They became Experimental Dental School in 2002 playing in a Trio formation; They lived and played in the San Francisco bay area for many years. In 2008 XDS moved to Portland Oregon & became a duo. XDS has had several other drummers over the years-currently Maxamillion Avalon (of Get Hussle amazing-ness).
-- Forest Field (2009 full length - free download)
--Jane Doe Loves Me (full length on TCWGA & Cochon records)
--2 1/2 Creatures (full length on TCWGA, Deleted Art & Cochon records)
--Hideous Dance Attack!!! (full length on TCWGA, & self released CD)
--Split CD with Germany's Eniac
--Eccentrics#3 (Australian comp with sabot, astro can caravan)
--Split 7'" record with Japan's Limited Express Has Gone
--Split CD with Japan's Limited Express Has Gone (Memory Lab, JP)
--Split 7'" record with Japan's Limited Express Has Gone (Deleted Art, SE)
--Split 7'" record with Italy's Blown Paper Bags - ----Split 7" (Cragstan Astronaut)
--Amoeba Music Compilation Vol. 5
--Lovers & Lollipops Compilation (Portugal)
--Drop Dead Magazine Compilation (Prague)
"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."
"XDS took a set of drums and a guitar and electrified the anxious crowd."
-Jennifer Monteagudo, CMJ.com (Irving plaza CMJ 2008 show review)
-Andrew R Tonry, Portland Mercury
"surprisingly gnarly riffs"
-Nate Chinen, nyTimes.com
"Experimental Dental School's second full-length album is as fun and
clever as it is categorically indefinable." (2 1/2 Creatures review)
-Samuel Sharkey, Performer Magazine
"it's is easy to understand why the band's music sends their fans into
hysterics at their live shows."
-Stephen Cramer, AllMusic.com
"Experimental Dental School creates music filled with vision, wit, and vitality"
-Alex K. Fong, SF Bay Guardian
Best of The Bay 2004 .. "If you haven't checked out EDS's debut album,
Hideous Dance Attack!!!, do so immediately!"
-SF Bay Guardian
"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 review of 2 1/2 Creatures
"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 cool!" -aquariusrecords.org
"I was so amazed by their creativity" -Brian Shevlin, Heckler Magazine
"EDS kick up a furious racket over the 10 tracks of Hideous Dance Attack!!!. "
-- Matt Fink, Skyscraper Magazine
"The band's full-length debut, Hideous Dance Attack!!! was recently released to excited,
if not baffled critical acclaim." -Dusted Magazine