Some early reviews...
Live 105 music director Aaron Axelsen's Number 1 new music pick in Nitewise- "SF post-shoegaze aficionados return with with a stunning new album on Sept. 11"
"Hideout" isn't out until Sept. 11, but it's already creating a buzz from those who've heard its buzzing guitars and reverb-heavy dynamics. Its the kind of album that dares you to roll up your car windows, crank it and be swallowed whole.
-Kevin Bronson, LA Times
"Film School must have had a goth-shoegaze epiphany, because from beginning to end, Hideout is layered, dark pop bliss. Its quite reassuring to know that a genre thats been exploited to the bone can still come out this sick."
The band has mastered a dark pop sensibility that reminds of you of all the best qualities of shoegaze, new wave and indie pop. The darker texture of the songs actually help distinguish it from the day-glo happiness that some bands seem to revel in.
- Indiemusicchatter.com Blog
... a masterful job at recapturing a sound that seems to have become less and less prevalent within this new uprising of shoegaze/dream-pop. There just arent enough bands out there like Film School that are still bringing a bit of moodiness into the picture.
- Builtonaweakspot.com Blog
Talk about not falling to the Sophomore Slump. SF's great hope, Film School have unexpectedly released one of my favorite albums of the year.
- Cause=Time Blog
Faith in being able to fly with deads. Joy and jolgorio before the death of a fellow. Jokes of Gods.
- Babelfish translation of spanish blog Subsidio
"Quiet but intense, subtle but unrestrained, the songs of Film School possess, musically speaking, more balls than Sigur Ros and less eccentricity than Moby." - Spin.com "Band of the Day"
"Wonderfully off-kilter pop-songs" - NME
"It's one of the best-sounding self-produced, headphones-only albums by a local band I've heard of late" - SF Guardian
"You can't help feeling that Film School are actually achieving what so many bands have failed to capture." - Manchestermusic.co.uk
"This is the San Francisco five-strong band's hugely confident debut." - ID magazine
"Not settling for merely reviving the sounds of My Bloody Valentine or Pink Floyd, Film School manages to sound like the American indie band it is - with songs that are lovingly fractured, vaguely droney yet impossibly urgent." - LA Times "Buzz Band of the Week"
"The Bay Area stalwarts' eponymous debut is rammed full of slickly produced, brooding indie with more than a touch of the My Bloody Valentines in its swirling guitar. The most depressing thing? Just how well they pull it off." - Swingbatter Blog