Monday, May 29, 2006
San Francisco's Film School came to town a week ago, taking the stage at Allston's Great Scott just after a great set by Margot & the Nuclear So and So's. I'd missed them the last time they were in town, and again when they had to cancel a show in Wellesley after their gear was stolen back in March. This time had to be the charm, especially since the bar's just a few blocks from my place.
It's not hard to spot the five-piece (and fifty pedal) outfit's influences, and my shoegaze-filled brain couldn't help doing just that ('here's the Ride-ish drumbeat', 'there's the early-Slowdive-style intro'). Fortunately for Film School, they're able to take these influences and tweak them just enough to own (or at least rent-to-own) them, and they deliver their songs with no small amount of energy and sincerity. Hey, if they're going for a certain sonic aesthetic, at least they picked my favorite one.
In the small confines of Great Scott, earplugs were required, but I couldn't help removing them near the end to feel the guitars (and the beers, thanks false45th) fully wash over me. Totally transported, I could have stayed for far more than their 9-song set, but both bands knew you should leave the crowd wanting more. So they did...
Live at Great Scott
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
01. On & On
04. He's In A DeepDeep Lake
05. Ms. Connection
08. Like You Know
Seven of those can be found on their excellent self-titled second disc, and the other two ('p.s.' and 'Ms. Connection') appear on last year's 'Alwaysnever' EP.
A brief aside: For the first time, the 'most annoying audience member' contest results in a tie! Couldn't decide between the socially-inept dork with the incessant WOOOOoooOOOOooo!-ing in my ear (listen to the mp3s, ya can't miss him), or the tool who felt compelled to yell 'San Francisco represent!' after every song. I'd love to see these two fight it out in a to-the-death cage match, all the while screaming their respective battle-cries.
Film School video for '11:11' here, their MySpace page (with three streaming songs) is right here, and their tour with Margot & the Nuclear So & So's continues tonight in Atlanta. The two bands will part ways in Texas as F.S. heads west for a homecoming show at Slim's in San Francisco (uh, represent!).
the fine print: If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (email link on left). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. Mp3s are made available for just a few weeks, and are not reposted once removed.
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