Los Angeles shoegaze outfit Film School originally formed in the early 2000s, with their debut record Brilliant Career dropping in 2001. This September, the quartet of four members from the original lineup released their first album in eight years: Bright to Death. Taken from some text on a piece of artwork frontman and founder Greg Bertens had seen in an exhibit by Chinese students on the topic of global warming, the album title stuck in his head as the band was recording the record in Joshua Tree. Our Song of the Day “Crushin” is the album’s seductively dreamy opening track.
“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.”
Film School will perform live on KEXP at 5pm on Saturday, November 17 and will follow that up with a show at Barboza. Watch the band’s trippy video for “Crushin” below.
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