Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Film School at the Beauty Bar in San Diego

After seeing a stripped down set at M-Theory Music, I was ready for a full volume set of Film School at the Beauty Bar. Film School is winding down their cross country tour with Eulogies and stopped by San Diego prior to their homecoming show at the Echoplex on November 15th.

Eulogies opened up with their straight ahead indie rock set. Peter Walker (Vocals/Guitars) had his Orange Amplifier growling as he churned out the riffs on his Gibson guitar. They had a slide carousel set up that would show various slides projected on the bass drum throughout their set. "One Man" showcases Peter's heartfelt vocals and solid backing melodies from his band. Lorelei Plotczyk from Film School also came out to help sing "If I Knew You". Their self titled debut album is out now on Dangerbird records.

The Beauty Bar in San Diego is an interesting venue in that the stage is located in a seperate area that is covered with a canopy. I was worried that the open air would restrict the volume levels at the show but this was not the case. The familiar strains of "Garrison" blared over the soundsystem as Film School took the stage. The ending of "Garrison" slowly melted and morphed into the delay drenched opening of "Compare". It did not take long for the band to hit full stride as they filled the room with the dense hurricane swirls of "Sick Hipster Nursed By Suicide Girl". It was very obvious that the band has been extensively touring and they sounded extremely sharp. Lorelei started the huge bass line of "Lectric" as James Smith (Drums) came in with a tricky drum shuffle. Jason Ruck (Keyboards) added the synth strings to "Two Kinds" that will have you nodding your head and tapping your foot at the same time. "Deep Lake" is one of my favorite songs off their previous album and is beyond description because it sounds so huge live. The audience did not move after Film School announced it would be their last song. After a quick check with the club to see if they could play another song, Film School gave the audience a knock out punch with "Dear Me". I hope I recover in time for their homecoming show on November 15th at the Echoplex.

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