Social Studies is an indie rock band from San Francisco, California, composed of Natalia Rogovin, Tom Smith, Ben McClintock, Jesse Hudson, and Michael Jirkovsky. Their sound has been described as “structurally trim and sonically dazzling”.
The band formed in 2006 with original members Natalia Rogovin, Aaron Weiss, Darren Henry, and Michael Jirkovsky. They released This Is the World’s Biggest Hammer, an EP with 7 songs, in 2006. After attending SXSW in 2009, and touring the United States, the band reconfigured, replacing bassist Darren Henry with Jason Kick, and then Jesse Hudson, and guitarist Aaron Weiss with Tyler McCauley and then Tom Smith.
The band recorded its debut LP Wind Up Wooden Heart, and mixed the record in 2010 with Jay Pellicci, Laura Dean, and Natalia Rogovin. They subsequently signed to Antenna Farm Records in 2010, and the album was released on July 27, 2010, with the singles, “Holler Boys” and “Time Bandit”, both premiering on RCRD LBL. The record charted on CMJ at #49. The band released two music videos, for “Time Bandit” which premiered on Venus Zine and then NME, and for “Holler Boys”, which premiered on PopMatters.
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