Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Film School • Bonus 7"

I wrote about Hideout on the loose record blog the other day and it's pretty much a disappointment. There were a bunch of great tracks on the self titled album, and live they really represented it really well. I guess every band has that kind of inbetween album for whatever reason, to get to the next one. There aren't any outstanding tracks, any that beg for a single release, it's creating a produced kind of hazy mood, but there was nothing I latched onto. I know I was looking forward to this, so maybe my expectations were too high, and I'm not through with giving it a chance yet. Every time I think I was too judgemental, I go back and listen to it through again and I stand by it.
This description isn;'t making excuses or anything, and I'm not either, but I didn't know about the 'jumping' in the parking lot or replacing on of the guitarists...this has to be part of this sound...or dynamic between songwriting members.

'Dear Me' could have been on the last one and on this bonus seven inch are two completely new tracks which is very nice of Beggars Banquet USA.

Pre-order Hideout now and get a free, limited edition 7" with your order. The a-side is "Dear Me (edit)" and the b-side is "March Hike".

Hideout is Film School’s second full-length for Beggars Banquet. Written largely in Greg Bertens’ Los Angeles apartment, recorded in both LA and San Francisco studios with engineer Dan Long, mixed by Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Band of Horses, the Shins, Stephen Malkmus), and produced by Bertens, Hideout builds on the band’s pretty, shoegazer pop and richly textured space-rock soundscapes by emphasizing powerful rhythms and beautiful melodies that take the songwriting to a new level. Bertens signature vocal delivery shows more breadth on this release, and evokes a plaintive longing that is magnified by the addition of female voices, courtesy of bassist Lorelei Plotcyzk and guest vocalists Tracy Uba (Timonium) and Leah Piehl. Other guest musicians loaning their talents to the album are Colm O’Ciosoig and Paul Wilson.

Film School’s 2006 self-titled debut for the label earned accolades across the country and across the pond. The band scored coveted opening slots for The National and the Rogers Sisters all over Europe before headlining their own tour of the states. But in the middle of that tour, frontman Greg Bertens got jumped outside a club in Columbus, Ohio; then in Philadelphia, somebody stole the tour van, plowing straight through the security gate of the motel parking lot, with all the band’s equipment inside. Once back home, the stress of a demanding show schedule, the ups and downs of a trying year, and emerging creative differences among bandmates ended with the decision to move forward with a change in personnel, and Film School looking to a fresh beginning with a new album.

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