The Films, originally from Denver but having made their mark
on the Charleston, SC music scene, now find themselves holed up in
Michigan recording their first full-length album. To whip up our excitement
and give us a taste of what we've got coming to us, Filter has so
kindly provided us with this three-song EP. It's an exceedingly enjoyable
little sampler that showcases what on first listen could be any indie
band trying to make it today, but that on subsequent listens proves
the band has a certain je ne sais quoi.
While the Films have a definite style of their own, brought into
the modern day and marked by Michael Trent's melodramatic,
almost stereotypically indie vocals (see, e.g., Nightmare of You),
obvious influences abound. The intro to "That Kind of Day"
calls to mind The Clash's "London Calling," and although
the song morphs into something more whiny and modern (in a good way,
if you like that sort of thing), the tight guitars and drums continue
to punctuate the rest of the song. "Black Shoes," which
appears to be their first single, is all about "Last Night"-era
Strokes, with Trent's vocals supported by a basic rhythm guitar
and a slightly more interesting lead, and a surprisingly retro, basic
drumbeat. The most fabulous song on this exciting taster, "Come
On," replicates the intro guitar line from Hot Hot Heat's
"Middle of Nowhere" before morphing into perfect, campy,
sixties giddiness that might as well have Davey Jones playing
the tambourine. Oh, did I mention I love it? I can, and do, sing along
with it over and over.
Filter is touting The Films as a band to watch, and has put its
money where its mouth is by sinking its cash into a record with
a measly three songs. I'd say they've made a very good choice.
1. That Kind Of Day
2. Black Shoes
3. Come On
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