Film School Hideout

Film School Hideout
Like many of the bands they were inspired by, L.A.’s Film School know not to just sit back and rely on the delay and reverb pedals that birthed their sound. For any shoegazer act to survive in this revivalist subgenre, some growth has to occur and on their third album, these inspired dream popsmiths have injected their effects-heavy sound with more melody and variety. Taking a page from Ride and Lush, their evolution from 2001’s debut A Brilliant Career to Hideout isn’t a drastic one but the progress is noticeable. Unfortunately, Film School aren’t the strongest band of this ilk at writing catchy hooks and much like last year’s self-titled debut for Beggars Banquet, Hideout doesn’t grab you immediately. But they do have a few songs like "Two Kinds,” which has the emotional lure in its crawling pace largely supplied by the melodies in the synth and Greg Bertens’ soothing voice. As offensive as the title may be, "Sick Hipster Nursed By Suicide Girl” surpasses its titular handicap to round out the album with a brooding swirl of psychedelic pedal effects. And that’s one of their biggest assets: the band can handle their pedals and allow them to either take over completely or rest in the shadows entirely. Throw in a guest spot by My Bloody Valentine’s Colm O’Ciosoig and Film School have a fetching third album that proves they can take this "nu-gazer” thing even further than anyone imagined. (Beggars Banquet)