Mystery Schools is made up several musicians from several other projects. Prominently promoted on Alien Ant Farm’s website, their drummer Mike Cosgrove plays in both bands along with guitarist from Subrosa Union, the lead singer from the now disfunt Brooklyn band, the Urgency, the bassist from Pretty Neato, and Mike’s personal friend, violinist and guitarist, Matt.
I’m unsure whether Mike Cosgrove’s deep roots in the annals of late 90s alt-rock is a major influence on the band’s sound or not, but Mystery School do seem to be avoiding the tender atmospherics of indie rock and aiming straight for radio-friendly rock. Haunting those head on arrangements of 90s guitar, downbeat bass are lilting melodies shared by both the lead vocals and the violin.
You can see it happen acoustic and live on the livestream: www.livestream.com/thesessionsfactory