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The second album for San Francisco’s Film School continues the group’s continental drift towards atmospheric European pop alongside their name-inferring cinematic ambitions. The group previously scored the soundtrack for comedian Demetri Martin’s internet shorts Clearification, but Hideout brings them back to center on the songs of Film School singer Greg Bertens. Guitars and keyboards solidify into thick sonic walls that recall the dramatic gothic dreamscapes of early to mid-‘80s Cure and Sisters of Mercy (“Compare”) and much of the weightless shoegazer pop (Ride) of the early ‘90s. Reverb and synthesizers are never in short supply. Eerie hooks peek out from under the drones (“Florida”). There’s a melancholy pop undertow haunting much of the material (“Two Kinds,” “Plots and Plans”) that enables the entire album to flow like a hazy story only half-remembered, while a restless garage rock rhythm permeates much of what remains (“What I Meant To Say).” Guest female vocalists add coloring and several tight edits between tracks make for jarring listening.

Customer Reviews

New direction, sweet sound, this one grows on you.

I'm a big fan of Film School's last album, so naturally I was a bit skeptical of the new album with a new direction and the replacement of three members. I saw Film School at their Pre-Release show in SF and I got a copy of "Hideout" about a week ago (I also purchased it today). This is what I came away with... Justin Labo was such a driving force with his addictive bass riffs and powerful presence; I wasn't easily convinced that Lorelei Plotczyk would be able pull off filling his vacancy. She not only does this well but her vocals which add a sweet balance that compliments Greg Berten's wispy, eerily dark vocals. Dave Dupuis also does a fine job as does James Smith In rounding off the band with high energy and creative outbursts. I think this album is going to elevate Film School to national exposure. It's a brave new direction, it grows on you after only the second listen, after the fifth you realize your listening to something special, possibly the best album of 2007.

What a Sophomore Album Should Be

I'm very glad to see Film School coming back with a terrific sophomore album. While their self-titled rookie album had its moments, it was a layered heap of calm and soothing beats that didn’t display much originality or differentiation between tracks. Hideout however, sounds more mature and complete with a broader range of fantastic vocals. This is definitely a must buy for those just starting to scratch the surface of indie/alternative tunes.

Dear Music Fan

Film School create a rich, multi-layered, full sound with more experimental tracks than in the past. Letric, Sick Hipster, Two Kinds and Plots & Plans really stand out. Gotta love the juxtaposition of the voices and dark riffs.


Formed: 1998 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Inspired by post-punk, dream pop, and a touch of electronica, the San Francisco-via-New York quintet Film School began as the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Krayg Burton (aka Greg Bertens), who began recording under the Film School name in the late '90s. After releasing the I'm Not Working 7" on MeToo! Records, Burton joined forces with a rotating cast of musicians to make 2001's full-length A Brilliant Career, including members of F**k and Elephone as well as Pavement and Preston School of Industry's...
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