Cinema Novo drop EP

CNCinema Novo – 5 song EP

Overall Rating: 3/5

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I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the band or artists has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening track “Revolt” sets the stage rather well for this EP. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what was ahead. All in all the whole EP is brilliantly delivered with a powerful Punk Rock, guitar driven texture with songs that at times can bite you and hit you hard with serious melodic staying power. Music will remind you of Rancid, NOFX, and even The Mars Volta to Cobra Starship. Their bio describes it best: Cinema Novo began as a recording project of guitarist Christopher Richardson. After several years writing and recording arrangements for a large band proved unfruitful, Christopher brought in drummer Shawn Moeckly and stripped-down an original collection of songs to be recorded and performed as a duo, with electric guitar and drums. The songs on this EP were almost 5 years in the making, and according to the band were “very close to never leaving the confines of a hard drive.. “The band’s name is borrowed from the 1960s Brazilian film movement of the same name, which embodied the imagery of the band’s music with its common themes of populism, violence, exploitation, and political realism. For Richardson, Brazilian director Glauber Rocha’s famous phrase “an idea in your head and a camera in hand,” translated to “sounds in your head and a guitar in hand,” as he pushed the duo to do more with less, overcome obstacles, and create a series of “scenes” using sound. Cinema Novo represents a fresh new voice in modern punk, Progressive Rock and presents a strong message that’s aggressive, upbeat and highly melodic. Cinema Novo presents a very loud, youthful and at times even in your face sound. Each piece is real, not so overly- corporate sounding and very defiant in nature.

Cinema Novo will also remind me of a variety of bands from the 70’s in the heyday of good Progressive Rock movement like ELP. If there was one word I would use to describe these 2 it would be energetic. This CD will simply make you feel more upbeat and positive and is a real jolt to the senses.

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Written by Mindy McCall edited by Drew Blackwell
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