Filmmaker – Break This Fall

Break This Fall

When one thinks of the word “filmmaker,” there are certain names that flood into focus – Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles. Obviously, the filmmakers that are conjured up first are the cream of the crop, legends even. Keeping in mind the thousands of others with the same job title, one then continues down the line – Tony Scott, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper. Although these filmmakers usually churn out solid product, there is something keeping them from the elite. These people have obvious talent but have failed to truly deliver on their promise.
Choosing the name Filmmaker for a band is a gutsy move. Since many think of the greats when that word pops into their mind, they are going to expect a lot. When one takes a listen to Filmmakers’ Break This Fall, one gets the sense of potential. There is definitely talent behind this release, yet there is something holding them back from truly conquering their indie territory.
The band as a whole is solid from top to bottom. The vocals are melodic, and they also have a bit of force behind them. The guitars and rhythm section round out the band nicely and perform their functions with craftsmanship. The recording is produced well, and their sound comes off properly on record. The problem sets in with the underlying factors that can truly mark the difference between a good band and a decent one – the biggest factor being the bands use of energy. Instead of harnessing it and releasing it at proper moments, they tend to go the predictable route and beat it over the listeners head.
The band sounds best when it holds back on the distortion and lets the listener wade in their songwriting. Songs like “Don’t Speak, She Said” is a prime example of the band’s capability at songwriting. This track is a solidly crafted piece of emo/indie pop that is somber yet melodic. The vocals shine through over a minimal background of guitars, which helps the band establish a tender, yet interesting sound. On the other hand “Offences Between Us” adds a bit more distortion to the mix but sacrifices some of the subtlety that “Don’t Speak” established. Gone is the underlying cloud of energy that lurks just underneath the previous track. Not to say that the first track was louder or more brutal, but it did have a bit of mystery and intrigue that kept things interesting.
“Falling and Failing” is somewhat of a combination of the results of the aforementioned tracks. It has a bit of the curiosity that “Don’t Speak” slyly sneaks in on the listener, yet there also is a bit of the overabundant noise that “Offences” brings to the table. For instance, the track begins softly and obscurely as they establish a sweet tone. The track continues to build on that tone, but instead of developing in a similarly confident way, the band resorts to the punch of distortion. This tactic seems out of place and unnecessary. It’s almost as if the band doesn’t have the confidence to rely on their songwriting and, instead, chooses to bring the predictable and sometimes monotonous distortion peddle forth to beat energy into the listeners ear drums.
Filmmaker is a band with definite potential. This first release is a nice venture into the world of indie rock. When the band is on, the record is a pleasant listen that catapults one into a peaceful place. If the band gains a bit of confidence and a better sense of how to harness their energy, they could eventually move into the league of the legends.