Monday, August 23, 2010

Film School "Fission"

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Photo Credit: Andrew Youssef

My first encounter with Film School dates back to August 2007 when they blew up Spaceland in support of their highly overlooked album Hideout. The album was a tasty swirl of dense guitars intertwined with synthesizer washes that coalesced into haunting songs.

Having parted way with Beggars Banquet, Film School is back with a new album Fission on Hi Speed Soul Records that dials back the guitar noise and turns up the ethereal with stronger songwriting and catchier melodies. Some sonic reference points one could detect would be a blend of Stone Roses, The Cure and Lush.

"Heart Full of Pentagons" immediately captures your attention with its windstorm of ambiance and center channeled vocals by Greg Bertens. Lorelei Plotczyk shines throughout the album adding her shimmering vocals to broaden the scope of their sound, especially on tracks like "Meet Around 10" and "Nothing's Mine".

Their new album will be released on 8/31 and will be available as a limited autographed clear vinyl through the Hi Speed Soul record store. A tour has been announced that kicks off in San Diego on 9/19 at the Casbah before linking up with The Depreciation Guild who also released an astounding album Spirit Youth. I plan on being at the Casbah and Echo shows and you should too.

Film School Tour 2010

Sept 19 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
Sept 20 – Tucson, AZ - Plush
Sept 22 – Dallas, TX – The Nightmare**
Sept 23 – Austin, TX – The Parish** #
Sept 24 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Sept 25 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sept 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

with The Depreciation Guild:
Sept 28 – Washington, DC – DC9
Sept 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Sept 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands $
Oct 01 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Oct 02 – Cambridge, MA – TT The Bears
Oct 03 – Montreal, QC, Canada – Pop Montreal at Casa Del Popolo
Oct 04 – Toronto, ON, Canada – El Mocambo
Oct 06 – St Louis, MO – Firebird
Oct 07 – Newport, KY – Southgate House @
Oct 08 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Oct 09 – Milwaukee, WI – The Cactus Club
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Oct 11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room w/ The Depreciation Guild
Oct 12 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
Oct 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
Oct 16 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

With Love Like Fire
Oct 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Oct 20 – Santa Cruz – The Crepe Place
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

* performing with Dream Tiger
** performing with TV Torso
# performing with Monahans
$ performing with Home Video
@ performing with The Harlequins

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