Cinema Cinema the full-throttle, experimentally-inclined rock duo from Brooklyn releases their third full length album A Night At The Fights on August 19 on the Lumiere label. A Night At The Fights was recorded and produced Martin Bisi (Swans, Dresden Dolls, etc.). Sessions took place during one of the reputedly coldest winters n Brooklyn’s history at Bisi’s BC Studios which are located in the cellar of the old American Can Factory which was built directly upon the Gowanus Canal in 1886; the raw, primal, intense music they created was profoundly influenced by these circumstances.
Cinema Cinema first met Martin Bisi in 2012 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Bisi, whose BC Studios was located just a few blocks away from the band’s rehearsal studio, was walking through the streets overwhelmed by the destruction he encountered when he came upon guitarist Ev Gold and drummer Paul Claro clearing ruined instruments and amps from the remains of their practice space. The three immediately struck up a friendship and kept in touch thereafter.
Soon after that incident, the band experienced an amazing outpouring of sympathy and support from their friends, fans and fellow musicians who donated money and equipment, bought records and merchandise. This allowed Cinema Cinema to refurbish and replace equipment, and — with a bit of borrowed gear – and start playing live again within two weeks. In 2013, the duo would wind up performing some 75 shows, including a handful of dates opening for Black Flag, as well as their first European tour, opening for Bisi. Martin had kept in contact and they shared bills in Brooklyn shows which led to the European touring and then producing A Night At The Fights.
Cinema Cinema’s sound on A Night At The Fights is based on shattered & heavily-treated guitars pounded into focus by a primal assault of beats and shifted tempos. A vocal delivery, honest to its bloody, shredded core, forces the attention of listeners. Gold points out, “The command Martin has of his studio combined with his ear, energy, & care that be brings to his work – were a profound part of the final result on this record.”
Cinema Cinema was formed in Brooklyn by cousins Ev Gold (vocals & guitars) and Paul Claro (drums) 2008. Having released a debut album, Exile Baby, Cinema Cinema determined to book 100 shows in 2009. Touring that extensively taught the band countless invaluable lessons; functioning fully under the D.I.Y. umbrella helped to further instill a serious minded work ethic and the album cracked the CMJ Top 200. By middle 2010, the duo had crafted almost a double album’s worth of new material and headed to the Arlington, VA-based studio of legendary DC punk recordist Don Zientara (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, & Bikini Kill). The sessions yielded close to 80 minutes of music eventually released as the three song Shoot The Freak EP in 2011, followed by the Manic Children & the Slow Aggression album in 2012. That same year they opened for Greg Ginn & The Royal We on several national tours including one through the SouthWest that saw them stopping over at SST’s Texas studios and recording an extended session with Greg sitting in on bass yielding some 90 minutes of dark, intense, heavy music.
In 2013, besides touring extensively, they released their cover of PJ Harvey’s “50 Foot Queenie,” as a single as well as on the From 93 To Infinity compilation released in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of New Jersey’s Dromedary Records label. Ev and Paul coupled this release with their customary relentless touring. In 2014, it was announced they’d be opening a good four months’ worth of dates for Black Flag.
Photo by Joanna Lauren