The track is taken from their forthcoming album A to X, which is due out via Chapter Music on 31 August on white vinyl, black vinyl, CD and digital.
A To X is the second album by School Damage and new album focuses their simultaneously sharp and wobbly DIY pop aesthetic, taking in the wooziness of Young Marble Giants, the bite of Devo and the busy melodies of the Television Personalities.
Formed as a bedroom pop project for Carolyn Hawkins (Chook Race, Parsnip) and Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, Hierophants, Frowning Clouds), School Damage now include Jeff Raty on drums and Dani Damage on bass. They have released cassettes and 7”s on various labels, including a recent 7” for UK label Upset The Rhythm. They’ve played King Gizzard’s festival Gizzfest and shared stages with The Bats, Tropical Fuckstorm and NO ZU.
Jake from the band explains more about Meeting Halfway:
“Musically, this song draws equal influence from Brisbane’s Clag and The Saints. The lyrics are about never being able to come to an agreement with somebody and although it initially pisses you off, you realise that real friends argue and have differences of opinion. Agreeing for the sake of agreeing isn’t what friends do.”
Carolyn from the band explains more about the video:
“I had a lot of fun making this video. It’s the first time that I’ve tried doing any kind of animation so I was a bit nervous, especially because I had a few people warn me about the time-consuming nature of stop motion. This is true, but I guess I’m used to slogging away at art projects for long periods so it was fine. My friend Alex McClaren (who has made videos for School Damage in the past) helped me get my head around the setup, how to use a camera properly, and provided moral support when I couldn’t get the computer to do what it was meant to. I had a rough idea of a storyline but I tried not to plan it out too much: I knew that I was going to be fairly restricted by my lack of animation skills, so I decided to let those parameters direct where the video and narrative would go. The video ended up being a pretty literal visual interpretation of the song’s subject matter: two pals not seeing eye to eye, but realising they can just ‘meet halfway’ and everything is fine. The video is obviously a bit home-job and clunky, but I’m happy with how it turned out. The illusion of movement that animation creates is so magical to me, I hope I get to do more stuff like this again.”