quarta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2016

June with Film School - An Interview

Depois de um hiato que perdurou desde 2010, ano do lançamento de Fission, último álbum do cultuado e querido Film School, eis que City Lights, novíssima deles é lançada para delírio de muitos e me incluo neste séquito.

Desde Brilliant Career de 2001, passando pelo espetacular homônimo de 2005 até o ápice para muitos em Hideout em 2007, o Film School permaneceu com sua obra intacta, e principalmente cultuada entre os iniciados no submundo dos bons sons.

A notícia é das melhores, novo Ep, novo álbum, tudo possivelmente este ano, ou seja, altas e carregadas doses do que foi feito de melhor em décadas de música, sendo revisitada pelo Film School.

Para bandas como eles, a expressão a ser usada é apenas uma, ACIMA.

***** Interview with Film School

Q. When did Film School start? Tell us about the history...
It’s long journey, you ready? Film School officially started in 1998 as a two piece - I played guitar/keys/sang and Paige Weber played drums and sang. We put out a 7” on MeToo Records called “I’m Not Working,” which is nowhere to be found these days. Paige and I parted ways and shortly thereafter current members Nyles Lannon on guitar and Jason Ruck on keys joined me. With some others, including Scott Kannberg from Pavement and Kyle Statham from Fuck, we recorded material for the 2001 release “Brilliant Career”, which is also nowhere to be found these days. Current bassist Justin Labo joined the band on bass and with Ben Montesano on drums we recorded songs that made it to the EP “alwaysnever,” which was released in 2003 on Amazing Grease records (Scott Kannberg’s label). Current drummer Donny Newenhouse joined the band a couple years later on drums and we released our first album for Beggars Banquet records in 2006, the Self-Titled record. We toured a bunch, we got our gear stolen and in general had a really tough year - the band split up under not so great circumstances. Jason and I moved to Los Angeles, wrote Hideout (2007, Beggars Banquet) and added Lorelei Plotczyk on bass, James Smith on drums and Dave Dupuis on guitar. We toured on that for a while, then wrote and recorded the songs as a band for the album Fission (2010, Hi-Speed Soul). In 2011 the band stopped touring and, frankly, I was done. But in October 2015 the original Beggars lineup (Nyles, Jason, Justin, Donny and I) played a reunion show in SF for Donny’s birthday and had a great time. We decided to write some new material together. This month (January 2016) we will be releasing an EP called “June”, 10 years to the month of our first album for Beggars Banquet.

Q: Who are your influences?
Anything with heart, and that constantly updates. As a kid I really connected with Depeche Mode, New Order, and Pink Floyd.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Impossible task!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Conflicted. Usually I feel pretty nervous, and there’s an internal struggle for weeks leading up to a show or tour as to why I even do this. But when the band gels together on stage and connects with an audience it’s magic. There’s no feeling like that.

Q. How do you describe Film School sounds?
I usually use adjectives like “layered” and “sonic” to describe it superficially, but really I think of it more in terms of the feelings that the sounds evoke. A lot of the music I liked as a kid had a personal, introspective, longing quality, even if it was loud. Strangely, the music that was a little melancholic actually made me feel better. I think if I can write music that connects with other people in deeper way then I’ve written a good song.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
Depends on the lineup. A lot of the music we’re writing now begins with the five of us jamming in the room together. It’s very organic, songs are carved out of those jams and it can take a while. “City Lights”, the first release from the June EP, was our first jam back together after 8 years. But I wrote mostly all of Hideout alone in my studio in a few months.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I really like vibe of Tame Impala. Beach House is pretty great too.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
Hunky Dory by David Bowie would be fun.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
The EP should be out shortly, then I’m not sure. We’re working on an album, I’m hoping we finish that this year.

Q: Any parting words
Thanks for your support!