Friday, December 07, 2007

The Films

One lives in a creepy punk rock room splattered with red, black and white paint. Another lives in a cabin-style room with a cow’s skull. A third claims that the theme for his room is “smooth jazz - its minty green”. If David Lynch had directed ‘Help!’ he might have envisioned The Beatles living together in something like the Brooklyn home of The Films.

All part of the spirit of community that drew the various members of The Films from their hometown of Denver to Charleston, South Carolina in 2003, keen to swap their “shitty” Denver bands for a more vibrant small-town rock scene. Charleston is a cobble stoned living museum of archaic 20’s Americana, but here Kenneth, Michael and drummer Adam … (who’d made the leap from Denver together) discovered a wriggling rock python of a scene prowling its gutters. So, within a year of moving, they called up their Denver bassist mate Jake …, then living in LA, and talked him into moving down to Charleston, forming The Films with them to play “dirty Kinks” and setting out on a tour across the US South.

Throughout 2004, between gigging everywhere from Atlanta to Nashville to Birmingham and back, The Films holed up in Charleston hosting scene parties where Libertines records would always end up on the stereo, playing three hour sets of Beatles, Kinks and Zombies covers in downtown wine bars to pay the rent.

The Films were signed to Warner Brothers a mere four days before they moved out to their Brooklyn rock warehouse in 2005. At which point they scrapped all their previous songs and wrote an entire new album in the time it takes most bands to skin up properly.

Anyway, the Films emerged from that cartoon hell playing fast and loose, silly and sleazy raunch'n'roll. Someone's got to do it, and they do it well. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it'll get you from A to B. The band want to "do an Elvis Costello" and issue their first three albums in quick succession, but we're quite happy with the four tracks above. But that's us: easily pleased.

Recorded in early months of 2006, trading their southern comforts for northern winter at The Loft studios in eastern Michigan, with a tireless schedule, held up on the floor of a dirty lake house The Films conceived their debut album Don’t Dance Rattlesnake. Recommended!

The Films - Black Shoes
The Films @ MySpace

The Films - Belt Loops

The Films - Black Shoes

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Blogger Ziggy said...

Shocking Pinks - Shocking Pinks (2007) !!!
White Williams - Smoke (2007) !!!
Yeasayer - All Your Cymbals (2007) !!!
Cut Off Your Hands - Blue On Blue + The Shaky Hands !!!
The Warlocks - Heavy Deavy Skull Lover (2007) !!!

Group X - Stepping On The Crowtche Owf Your Americain President

Finn Brothers - Everyone Is Here


Eels, Moby, Pink Floyd

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you get crank dat calvary boy by i set my friends on fire?

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for presenting these new puritans and the films! they're both really cool!

do you accidentally know where i could find Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus by nick cave?

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey man, you kick ass! thank you very much for your work!

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can find Nick Cave here

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Axi said...

As always, Thanks!!!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous soupcrusher said...

i can't believe you found the group x album! haven't heard that one in a long while. thanks!

11:57 PM  

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