Film School/The Depreciation Guild

For those keeping a running tally, you might find that the shoegaze genre has more students now than it did in the early '90s. Film School and the Depreciation Guild both attend the University of My Bloody Valentine, but the bands have different ideas about how to write their master's theses on reverb. Film School leans heavily on the atmospherics, dropping opportunities for anthems but paying considerable homage to their forebears, while the Depreciation Guild (pictured) skews progressive by incorporating melodies lifted from '80s soft rock and cheeky eight-bit synths. Still, they're both offshoots of a very specific sound, and you can hear requirement boxes being checked one by one: leagues of echo, crushing distortion, aching beauty. Purists might scoff (if they still exist), but newcomers to the genre will find much to enjoy here, as both bands can rev up the tempos to inspire a bit more movement than a name like shoegaze implies. Maybe they don't make 'em quite like they used to, but the new models go faster. 18+.
Sun., Oct. 10, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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