Filmspeed is a soulful rock 'n' roll-driven band from Orange County, CA. We got the chance to talk to the band about their latest album and upcoming plans.
How did the three of you meet, and when did you decide you wanted to start Filmspeed?
Nick and Craig have been friends since early High School. The name Filmspeed goes back as early as 2010. Since then, there’s been 3 albums and 3 drummers. After the previous drummer moved on, they met Oliver thru mutual friends via Facebook musician groups.
Your 2017 release “Hexadecimal” is a unique album that really shows off what you guys are capable of as a band, so from your perspective, how would you describe your sound? Do you think it falls into any specific genre?
This is always the toughest one to answer because our style is so all over the map! As a power-trio, we can at least narrow the options. Depending on who you ask, everyone hears something different. Some say punk, some say hard blues, some have even said we lean a little country. Maybe if we all played keyboards, it would be totally different story. The one thing we know for sure is that we play rock 'n' roll.
Do you pull any inspiration from other artists for your musical style?
Yes. All of them. From Lennon to Sheeran. From King Crimson to Queen Béy. From Stevie Wonder to Stevie Nicks to Stevie Ray Vaughan. From Janis to Bruno to Zappa to Bach and anywhere in between. We’re inspired by great songs.
Do you guys have any favorite songs off that album you love to play live?
Depends on the night actually. Different rooms get worked up by different jams. We’re a live band before anything else, so we play to the people. The bridge in “Every is Better In the Dark” almost always does the trick lately.
The music video for your most popular track, “Just My Luck,” is great. Was it just as much fun to film as it is to watch?
Of course, we had a blast! We had such a great little crew on that video, which made it all the more special.
Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” is an ambitious song to cover, and Filmspeed definitely does it justice. What made you want to cover that classic?
We actually got the idea from a good friend of ours in the biz, who said “Covers are everything these days” and “You guys would smash it on some Foreigner!” It’s a great song and it always goes over super well in the live show too.
The band is currently touring the West Coast, do you have any funny stories or weird habits from this tour or past ones?
Not sure if it’s weird but... we did bring camping gear with us and cook breakfast in most of our motel rooms. Butane grills are so portable, but just make sure you’re well ventilated or else you’re gonna set off the fire alarm.
Lastly, what other exciting plans or projects lie ahead in 2019 for Filmspeed?
We’re dropping the official video for our latest single “Bless My Soul”. It’s made by some good friends and excellent filmmakers, so we’re all eager to unleash it. Also we’re starting a new round of songs and recordings, there’s too many demos hanging around and we gotta kick out the jams! In the meantime, we’ll be putting together new podcast episodes and prepping to hit the road this summer. The grind never stops!
Check out the band's video for "Bless My Soul" below.