Film School (band)
|Origin||San Francisco, California, USA|
|Genres||Indie rock, shoegazing|
|Past members||Ben Montesano
Lorelei (Plotczyk) Meetze
The band was formed in 1998 by lead singer Greg Bertens [aka Krayg Burton]. Initially the band only consisted of Bertens working with members of Fuck and Pavement when they released their debut album Brilliant Career on MeToo! records in 2001. Jason Ruck (keyboards), Nyles Lannon (guitarist), Justin Labo (bass guitar), and Ben Montesano (drums) joined the band on a permanent basis later that year.
In 2003, the band released Alwaysnever, an EP on Amazing Grease Records, a record label founded by Scott Kannberg from the band Pavement. Donny Newenhouse later replaced Montesano on drums. Their self-titled album was released in January 2006 on Beggars Banquet Records. Film School has also provided music for a series of short films by Demetri Martin, known collectively as "Clearification", an advertising campaign for Windows Vista.
Film School released its third album (its second on Beggars Banquet) called Hideout in September 2007 after going through some line-up changes. Lorelei Plotczyk / Lorelei Meetze replaced Justin Labo on bass, Dave Dupuis replaced Nyles Lannon on guitar, and James Smith replaced Donny Newenhouse on drums. Hideout was recorded with Dan Long and mixed by Phil Ek.
The fourth Album, Fission, was released on Hi-Speed Soul in August 2010 to mixed reviews as the band's exploration of new territory delighted some at the same time as it disappointed others.
Meetze quit the band in 2010.
- Brilliant Career (May 29, 2001)
- Film School (January 24, 2006)
- Hideout (September 11, 2007)
- Fission (August 31, 2010)
- Alwaysnever (March 23, 2003)
- "Harmed" (2004)
- "On & On" (November 7, 2005)
- "11:11" (May 1, 2006)
- "Dear Me" (August 28, 2007)
- "When I'm Yours" (2010)
- Film School (official site)
- Film School on Myspace
- Clearification (featuring songs by Film School)
- Bandega: Interview with Greg Bertens of Film School (August 2007)
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