Cinema, Cinema - Shoot the Freak
Record Label: The Lumiere Label
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Brooklyn-based two-piece Cinema, Cinema is a hyperactive, spiritual successor to the traditional punk movement, and self-proclaimed genreless act. After releasing their first full length, “Exile Baby,” they had the opportunity to work with producer Don Zientara. During this partnership, they were able to write and record their three-song EP, Shoot the Freak; a short but fairly well-encompassing set-piece of the duo’s interesting, albeit generic sound.
There’s not much that Cinema, Cinema does that other bands have not done much earlier and more successfully. However, that’s not to say there isn’t anything worth listening to here. The EP starts off with the in-your-face “Lady Abortion,” a good introduction of what’s to come. The first few seconds of ambient and dissident guitars and distortion may lead a few to think that Cinema, Cinema may be a sort of avant-garde event similar to The Sound of Animals Fighting, however that illusion is quickly shattered as the song begins proper, revealing its true nature as a mix of garage rock and 80’s metal. The gritty vocals compliment the grungy quality of the track.
Shoot the Freak’s second track, “Pleased to Meet You, Anesthesia” does not fair quite as well, however, as it attempts to be a softer reprieve from “Lady Abortion’s” high-energy feel. A basic and repetitive vocal melody for the majority of the song can become grating, saved shortly by an energetic bridge, but quickly brought down again by a return to the initial rhythm before devolving into an enjoyable break-down of sound.
The stand out track of the album is easily the final of the 3 songs, “Day-Leash.” It goes back to the adrenaline-pumping shredding of “Lady Abortion,” but is aided additionally with more of an 80’s vocal influence and the addition of a use of dream-like guitar distortion for the song’s breakdown that gives it a bit more staying power and sense of uniqueness as opposed to the middle of the road previous tracks.
Cinema, Cinema’s Shoot the Freak is a bit of a frustrating creature. It’s obvious energy went into its creation, as nothing of it really seems to betray any sort of laziness on behalf of the band itself, however, there’s nothing here that will stand out amongst a slew of more refined and better-realized bands. It is readily apparent that Cinema, Cinema exists as a band that is more fun live than with a studio release, as their manic energy is obviously one that will be sure to get a crowd rowdy. As far as Shoot the Freak goes however, it lacks anything that will keep you coming back after an initial listen to the short-lived, roughly 14 minutes it offers. A fun, but forgettable offering.