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"Faces on Film"

“Masters of balanced, eclectic presentation”
The Noise Magazine

“Faces on Film is an explosive live band, they’ve got a great record…”
Carl Lavin/Great Scott

“Check out Faces on Film, it will be well worth your effort”
Shred/WBCN & Middle East Night Club
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"Faces on Film"

Faces on Film, a band that’s merely a year old, out of Boston is here with their incredible debut album. Manically explosive guitars grow and build as the bizarre vocals wail and whine with a sneering sincerity. The drums are punchy and ever building. Often they can be compared to the plethora of “The” bands that are currently circulating the rehashed garage rock explosion but that would be a disservice since they have way better command of melody than even the most hyped “The” band could muster. Faces on Film are extremely tight structurally with carefully crazed guitar riffs and smooth basslines. Check ‘em out.

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"Faces on Film"

Up next are masters of just this sort of balanced, eclectic presentation. Faces On Film start off with a sort of dance-punk sound, screaming over a fast, simple four-beat. By the end of the song, the rhythms have branched out to include four-against-three and alternating-sevens-and-eights sections. The next song is a pretty tune with soulful vocals and delicate finger-picking on guitar, and the third one (my favorite from their excellent new EP) combines all these impulses. It’s an impressive performance, made even more so by the fact that this is not their regular drummer (who is recuperating from a broken wrist), but The Bon Savants’ drummer filling in on two rehearsals! These are not simple songs, and he’s damn near flawless. After the set is over, four different people independently approach me to say, “Wow! Those guys were amazing!”
Great Scott, Allston, MA 9/10/05 - The Noise


"Faces on Film"

Faces on Film, formerly known as "the nine," are self-proclaimed "purveyors of a melodic, exploratory brand of pop that is both accessible and challenging, both bold and beautiful," according to www.facesonfilm.com.

Although they only finished their demo in late 2003, the band is already going places. They've headlined at major venues throughout the northeast and have played locally at music meccas like The Middle East and Harper's Ferry.

Faces on Film takes the tension and urgency of bands like the Strokes and combines it with a sort of ethereal pulse. Drummer Peter Schaefer and bassist Dave Hinckle create an undeniably bouncy rhythm section that is almost perfectly syncopated with the linear, punchy guitars provided by Ted Gallagher and Mike Fiore.

Unlike the Strokes, however, Faces on Film offers selections that are slightly more musical. The band allows their songs to have breathing room, making some of the arrangements appropriately sparse.

One of the band's strengths is that it knows how to alternate between playing methodically slowly and frenetically up-beat while balancing everything out with a moderate pop/rock vibe that's catchy enough to hold your attention. Fiore's vocals are relaxed and have an almost soothing, mystical effect.

The inclination toward progressive rock is expressed by the odd time signatures and beats. A lot of work has gone into the production, which gives the group a very professional sound.

As a result, you get songs that typically are more focused and purposeful than a lot of other bands.

"Indicator, Indicator" is a wonderful song which flies from a playful verse to an odd-time chorus, stopping the music abruptly and allowing the song to build up again. This gives the song an interesting arrangement. It flows from one part to the next, all of which are equally well-crafted. Another great track is "Ghost in a Parlor." Both songs could quite easily stand on their own as singles.

A potential weakness of the band is its tendency to stretch the songs out. The type of music Faces on Film produces is more suited for standard three-minute compositions, but several of their songs are twice as long. While the extended length allows the band to incorporate interesting patterns and introduce new elements, the songs would be more effective if they were condensed.

This is only a minor complaint, as the songs are still pleasing to listen to regardless of their length. And if you like the genre, you will have an even better appreciation for the longer songs that take time to build up and trade off from one part of the arrangement to the next.

If typical radio listeners can get over the length of the songs (seeing as most people have an attention span of about seven seconds), Faces on Film could make a huge splash. They are releasing their EP independently, though if it falls into the right hands you may be hearing about the band sooner than you think. They've got the potential to be very radio-friendly. They are also unique enough to open up the door for similar-sounding bands to get radio exposure.

They've got a cool Web site that you can check out for more information. Two songs from the upcoming EP are posted as MP3s on the site.

Faces on Film will be playing this Sunday night at the Middle East Club (Upstairs) in Cambridge.

Subterranean Sound
Indie-rock rhythms simmer underground
By: Kevin Sawyer
Issue date: 10/14/04 Section: The Scene
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Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Faces on Film was born in the spring of 2004 and lives in Boston. After an early demo and a year of playing throughout the Northeast, they now offer their debut effort, “Seven Sisters”. Released independently in October 2005, its early success has found them sharing stages with such bands as Ambulance LTD, The Joggers, We Are Scientists, and GoGoGo Airheart at venues in Boston and New York (The Paradise, Pianos, Great Scott, Mercury Lounge, Middle East). In its first three weeks the record charted at #119 on CMJ Radio 200, and locally reached the top ten, Currently, the band are planning a national tour for 2006.