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Film School – Fission (Hi-Speed Soul)

Film School Fission
6 September 2010

Let’s get right to the point: Film School does nothing that hasn’t been done before during either the original shoegaze era or on your average episode of 120 Minutes. The band’s blend of early 90s psychedelic guitar rock and mid-80s post-new wave guitar ‘n’ keyboard pop is already a familiar one. But to be fair, the San Francisco quintet has been doing this since before the members of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were itches in their parents’ gonads. Besides, if the band does what it does well, than originality is beside the point. When a shimmering confection like “Meet Around 10,” a swooning nugget like “Still Might” or a luscious dream like “Sunny Day” emerge from the speakers, it’s hard to give a damn from what era it comes or what records lurk in the band’s collection. It just feels too good going down to choke.