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Thursday, May 13, 2010

FILM SCHOOL'S 'FISSION' IS AMAZING

Crawl back through the Future Sounds archives and you'll see a very long and intimate relationship with the band known as FILM SCHOOL. We've been family since their brilliant EP, Alwaysnever, and have watched the evolution of a band that has had entire line-up changes, vans stolen, label changes and various directions in sound. In the end the theme continues, which is one of constant forward motion, constantly redefining their goals and a band mature enough after 10 years to not chase the tail or do what's expected. After all, they could've rested on their coattails of the nu-gaze movement which they helped pave the road for this new pack that everyone loves that is really just a watered down version of albums they've already done, but they quietly do their thing, and people eventually catch up.

So when the latest sneak copy of 'Fission' entered my grasp I shut the door to be alone with this old friend. The other thing about a Film School record is that they creep on you. Sure, there are always songs that immediately jump out at you, like "Waited" on this new record, which is a radio single if I've ever heard one, but it requires multiple plays to get past the initial sonic buzzsaw or waves of layered vocals. This record the lovely and wonderful bassist, Lorelei Plotczyk, steps forward with more vocals than ever before and the tag-team with frontman/mastermind Greg Bertens is a harmony in my head. To be honest, I'm still just processing this album, which is released on July 20th (FFO Records), but I'm already stuck on album opener - "Heart Full Of Pentagons" and first single, "When I'm Yours".

We're looking forward to seeing/hearing this record live when they start touring this summer and hope to share tracks as soon as we get clearance.

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