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The Films
The Films EP
Filter U.S. Recordings
www.the-films.com


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.

-Heidi Lamer

Track Listing:
1. That Kind Of Day
2. Black Shoes
3. Come On


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