Sleepover Show #63: Faces on Film
For the last four years, Faces on Film has always been in the background of the Boston music scene. This is not to say that the brainchild project of singer/songwriter Mike Fiore is not popular or does not get its proper dues; rather, everywhere you go, every show you see, you’ll meet scores of FoF fans, hear about an upcoming performance or even run into Fiore himself.
On a cloudy Sunday morning, Fiore and guitarist Dave Hinckley sat down with us in Fiore’s East Cambridge kitchen to play us songs from Faces on Film’s new record: Some Weather.
First was Great Move North. The lynchpin in Some Weather, this track has been floating around the internet in various forms all year. It’s tone ranges from sparse and haunting to more of a boppy alt-country jam, like a deep cut from Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. In this version, Fiore’s vocals cut through crisp and clear, a stark contrast to the record where they are reverby and distorted (wet, as they say in the business).
Next, Knot in the Vine, the first track off of Some Weather. On the record, this song practically resurrects 60’s garage rock bands like The Zombies or The Knickerbockers (no zombie pun intended). This version, however, is considerably more morose, like an old blues song, definitely an earworm.
Last was The Winner’s Daughter off of the 2008 record The Troubles. This song has the feel of a forlorn country ballad, complete with Hinkley on a tiny lap steel guitar. This song showcases just how much FoF’s sound has changed and evolved in its short time as a musical outfit.
Ranging wildly in style and tone (even within different versions of the same song) yet still always staying consistent, it’s easy to see why Faces on Film has reached a level of Boston rock ubiquity.