The Berlin-based trio Ballet School may be relatively fresh on the scene, but their eagerly anticipated album, due to be released this summer, remains highly sought after. Simplicity seems to be the key; the band consists of lead vocalist Rosie Blair (whom also plays guitar), Michel Collet on lead guitar and drummer Louis McGuire.

What better way to get the pre-album hype in full swing than with a show-stopping performance at South By South West (SXSW)? Some would argue that there isn’t one, and luckily for the three-piece, they did just that. The announcement of a stint of live UK shows followed, including headline shows in London at The Social and Birthdays, culminating at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on the 9th of May.

Their sound seems to be a juxtaposition, with a futuristic 80’s element being my choice of phrase. Rosie’s ever-present falsetto vocals accompanies the somewhat classic instrumental in their Heartbeat Overdrive track, with matching visuals in the official video. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another band trying to replicate music of the past, however, as their sound is refreshingly familiar, for want of a less oxymoronic description.

Their alternate spin on today’s genre of pop music stems from their admiration for the likes of The Cure and Madonna, in the early stages at least. Their recent single, Crush, is tribute to this, as they stay true to their upbeat instrumentals and faultless vocals, despite the clinical video that replicates little, in terms of visuals, from Heartbeat Overdrive.

If you’re a fan of the 80’s and the era’s upbeat pop, but willing to let go and move with the times onto a more contemporary style of music, Ballet School are sure to hold your hand through the smooth audible terrain towards alternative-pop pleasure. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for their forthcoming album, or better yet, catch them live at one of their May shows.

Friday 2 May – LEEDS – Belgrave Music Hall (Live at Leeds launch party)
Saturday 3 May – LIVERPOOL – Zanzibar (Sound City Festival)
Sunday 4 May – GLASGOW – Glasgow School of Art (Stag & Dagger Festival)
Tuesday 6 May – LONDON – The Social
Wednesday 7 May – LONDON – Birthdays (free entry)
Thursday 8 May – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store (The Great Escape Festival)
Thursday 8 May – BRIGHTON – Coalition (The Great Escape Festival)
Friday 9 May – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store (The Great Escape Festival)