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Tall Poppies is the first single from Melbourne foursome School Damage's self-titled debut album, due on Chapter Music on vinyl and digital in June 2017.
School Damage began as a bedroom recording project for Carolyn Hawkins (Chook Race, Parsnip) and Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, Frowning Clouds etc). They released a cassette for Moontown Records in 2013, then were joined by Jeff Raty on drums and Dani Damage on bass. Taking cues from pop outfits such as the Vaselines, Particles and Young Marble Giants, School Damage's sound is defined by wobbly keyboards, weaving bass lines, and lyrical content focused on the anxieties of modern life and love.
About Tall Poppies, Carolyn says:
"I can't really remember how Tall Poppies came about, its a pretty old song of ours compared to others. But I can guess that I would have been feeling pretty down on myself when I wrote it. I'm the kind of person that is constantly comparing myself to other people and putting myself down because of it. This song is about being plagued by self loathing and the only way to get rid of it is to bring other people down with you. Not very nice, and I do hope I'm not actually like this, but I guess the dark side of me can relate. This song almost didn't get recorded - we learnt it pretty much on the day of recording - but I'm glad it do because its one of my favourites."