Quick Reminder: Film School to Release “Bright To Death” This Friday!

FILM SCHOOL return this September with ‘Bright to Death‘, their fifth album and first full-length since 2010’s ‘Fission’. Recorded over 8 days in November 2017 on the outskirts of Joshua Tree, this luminescent collection of 11 songs is the finest showcase yet for the band’s signature layered sonic tones, psychedelic atmospheres, and seductive melodies.The album gets its title from text on an artwork singer and guitarist Greg Bertens had seen, part of an exhibit by Chinese students on the topic of global warming. “Bright to death” popped into his head as the band was recording in sun-blistered Joshua Tree, and it stuck. In addition to four members of the original lineup, the album features drummer Adam Wade (Shudder to Think, Jawbox) on several songs, and was mixed by Dan Long at Headwest Studios and mastered by David Gardner at Infrasonic Sound. “When this lineup first came together in the early 2000s, I never thought we’d be doing some of our best work 15 or so years later,” says Bertens. “Our [self-titled] album came out in 2006, when bands like the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand were in full swing. The music landscape was totally different then—shoegaze was a bad word. That’s changed.”
The band recently previewed Go Low, of which Bertens says  “Lyrically this song was inspired by the Officer K character in Blade Runner 2049. It’s about self-realization and where you go with that knowledge. To me the song’s murky tones align with the messy process of personal transformation.” Bassist, Justin Labo adds; “Go Low’ started as a couple of short distorted atonal loops played on a Moog. It was something that I had around for awhile, but it didn’t really take off until we worked on it together in Joshua Tree. Greg’s vocals gave it a melodic hook and structure. Nyles flew in a saturated, octave fuzz noise guitar line that really elevated the whole track”. “Crushin; the album’s dreamy, melancholy opener (and first single), was descibed by Buzzbands LA as “”…a honeyed, unhurried confessional that rolls in on a thick bass line and envelops every ounce of longing in twinkling guitar and washes of reverb.”
“Go Low is another slow-burning gem that unhurriedly builds up to a stormier ending. Bertens’ shadowy, drawn out vocals hazily drape over the laidback drum pace, while sparkling guitar chime, starry synths notes and cymbals shimmer add a brighter sheen. As the instrumentation swells in intensity, a searing guitar line soars through the effervescence, adding a hot rock kick to the dreamy atmosphere.” The Big Takeover
LIVE SHOWS:
November 8:  San Diego, CA – Whistle Stop (tickets at door)
November 9: Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon *
Nov 10:  San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord *
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