The Finnish fivesome known as French Films falls somewhere between Surfer Blood and The Drums on the indie surf-rock spectrum.
At times they sound like an indie-rock band with surf-rock influences; and other times they sound like a surf-rock band with indie-rock influences.
The above song is from their debut EP, 2010’s Golden Sea, which consists of four tracks that lean more toward the beach than the garage. In addition to the title track, the disc includes “Lift Me Up” and the better-than-good “Dropout Jr.”.
All of those songs, as well as a few from their 2011 full-length debut, Imaginary Future, can be found at their MySpace page, which is actually how I first discovered the band.
With 10 songs, including the previously released “Golden Sea”, the full-length allows French Films to show off their depth as they bounce from The Drums to Jesus and the Mary Chain.
Some of the stronger tracks are “Living Fortress”, “Escape in the Afternoon” and “Up the Hill”.
Considering the band doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, nor can it easily be found on Amazon, it might be awhile before French Films make their way to the States for any kind of lengthy tour.