Soooooo...do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? Let's start with the good news!
Wow. SOUNDteam are very good. I mean real good. I expected a tight band and all after spinning their WORK EP dozens of times a week. They reminded me of The Walkmen but with more space and layers. Their live performance is arresting and intense, not too different from experiencing a band like The Arcade Fire. I was blown away at how good they were. And their "new" songs, which I'm assuming will comprise most of their forthcoming album, are convincing and better than the EP. I can't wait to go again tonight.
Film School haven't lost their touch one bit since I've seen them. They were louder and tighter than ever. 2005 was a big touring year for them, and with only a few EPs under their belt, they already sounded like seasoned veterans. The touring obviously has paid off over the years and sticking-to-their-guns earned them a deal with Beggars Banquet. Their live show is solid! Buy the album, they have vinyl at their shows.
Out of the three bands that played tonight there was one dud, Loma Lynda. Still trying to figure out the "symbolic relationship" between their typical stock of alternative rock music and generic movie projections? Me too. But they sure had plenty of clips of the singer actually in the movie! So maybe that's the "relationship"? Loma Lynda were the openers and came off as more of a brand than a band. The singer had some singing issues and their was zero atmosphere or texture as their stage set/look/movie might have suggested. They also have this interesting slogan "destroy rock music". Why? You're making rock music!
Kudos to the band for being good musicians and well-rehearsed. The whole media-meets-live performance effect just isn't there. Background movies/images are supposed to be as mesmerizing as your sound, like it's a member of the band. I think if Loma Lynda had more of their own sound dialed in their set would be much more intriguing.