Film School flicked into existence in the summer of 1998, when guitarist Krayg Burton started converting some of his musical ideas into 1's and 0's. By the summer of 2000, Burton had quite a bit of material, so he headed into Black Eyed Pig Studios in San Francisco to record with the capable Kyle Statham (
Shortly after the release of their debut, Film School settled on a permanent five-piece lineup, enlisting drummer Ben Montesano (pinq), keyboardist Jason Ruck, guitarist Nyles Lannon (
Film School has a flair for majestic, spellbindingly moody swirls of layered guitar and keyboards, which they juxtapose with driving, sometimes jagged guitar lines and schizophrenic keyboard melodies. The concoction works, capturing the heart and imagination of today's weary, isolated zeitgeist with a demure smirk and a dash of melancholy. Fans of the spooky pop of
"Activated" is pulled from Alwaysnever, the band's precursor to their second album, released on Kannberg's
"American Turnip," "Not About a Girl," "Ume's Lament," and "Manville, CA" are culled from Film School's debut release Brilliant Career.