Secret Cinema Band
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Secret Cinema Band

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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"Secret Cinema Band 'Through A Cathode Darkly' album review"

(English Translation)

If the United Kingdom has hardly the preserve of rock experimentation, there is a pool of young talents who can skillfully digest the music of their elders while making discoveries and freshness. Highly expressive music of Secret Cinema Ban...d exemplifies this willingness to retrieve, filter substrate of the great creators of rock into a sound work very personal.

Stirring quantity of influences, musical and film, Through a cathode, Darkly is a true multimedia experience, creating images and scenes in the mind of the listener audience. Atypical voice in rock-Francis Lawrence John - imagine Seal sing more rocky with the gimmicks of Tracy Chapman - is one aspect of a personality already affirmed

Because although the basic rock obvious, sometimes very melodic and occasionally almost formatted, Music Band Secret Cinema remains unconstrained, picking here and there that she needs to express themselves. To trace a path that goes far by The Mars Volta and Radiohead by folk and trip hop, the group reinforces its paraphernalia with a violin and a plethora of electronic sounds and effects "old." It remains on the feeling of dealing with a group like no other, but ultimately quite indescribable immediately endearing. - Chromatique


"Album Review"

Clocking in at a full hour, Secret Cinema Band's 'Through a Cathode, Darkly' is epic in more ways than one. The New Music Transmission favourites have received our plaudits on more than one occasion for their live performances, and head into this week's New Music Transmission Awards Show with two nominations under their belts. Yet with only limited recorded material on their Myspace, we were yet to see if this band could translate their encapsulating live performance from the stage to a strong album in the studio.

They are often compared to Pink Floyd and other big prog acts, and they certainly carry the same spirit. Each song feels like a complete and deep art, with room for music nerds with too much time on their hands to think up elaborate interpretations. This sense of depth and even theatre is exactly what pushes their live performances towards the higher end, and was the cornerstone of the successes enjoyed by their natural musical predecessors. - New Music Transmission


"The Secret Cinema Band @ Carpe Diem review"

Laurent-Francis-John’s voice should be developed as a weapon; it’s louder and more powerful than a foghorn plugged into an amp. His voice is the focus and the driving force of Secret Cinema Band. Intermittently the violin and vocals would work in tandem emitting a harmony. Out of nowhere Laurent would bellow and his voice would tunefully crack, it was inexplicably awe-inducing. The violin was simple but consistent in lacing the progressive guitar, hundred mile-an-hour drums and rip-roaring vocals together. Footage featuring Charlie Chaplin appeared via a projector as a backdrop to the East Londoners’ progressive rock. This attempt at emotive visuals induced nothing but bemusement, the only negative to an impressive performance. - No-Title Magazine


"The Secret Cinema Band: Right Foot Left Foot EP review"

Although there is nothing remotely secret, subtle, or understated, about this band, their name does hint at one thing that could define this London four piece, the ‘cinema’. They describe their live gigs as modern ‘silent cinema’ experiences, a mix of sound and video/still images. From listening to their EP, it’s not hard to imagine what their gigs could be like, as the songs all have a ‘soundtrack’ feel to them, and would work well with message laden footage.

But I’m not reviewing a gig, I’m here to comment on the EP, which comprises three experimental rock tracks, which use a violin in place of a bass, various electronic sounds, and homemade instruments. They kick of their EP with ‘Imagination Is As Good As A Friend’, a track with quite a raw, slightly eerie, folk tinged sound. This is followed by ‘Glue’, a quite industrial sounding track, with an overlong intro, quite punchy/forceful beats, and a heavy focus on electronica music. They end the EP with ‘Official Neck For The Rope’, which heads down the road of stomping, power indie, with a smattering of quite heavy/fast punk, and an unusual start/finish. All in all, these three tracks would serve as a good introduction to the ‘sound’ of the Secret Cinema Band, and showcase their influences well; there’s just one major flaw: Although the vocal is quite atmospheric, and matches the dark mood of each of the tracks, it’s not delivering all the words clearly. So whilst I understand this bands musical direction, after several listens, I’m none the wiser as to what the songs are about. It’s almost, but not quite a finished product, though it does stand out from the crowd for being different. Head on over to their Myspace page with an open mind, and see what you think, you might just like it.


- Lauren John


"Glastonbury Festival Review"

Secret Cinema Band are a group that New Music Transmission rated very highly following the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. So we were pleased when we received the news that they had been given a slot at this years festival. Playing an afternoon show in the Pussy Parlure captured the same atmosphere and drama that we fell in love with the first time we saw them.

From the very first notes Secret Cinema band held the audience in a hazy trance, mixing their unique blend of post-rock progression with injections of pop and at times even folk. Playing a set comprised of songs from their upcoming album they produced a consistent and emotional show.

Initial Problems

Following discussion with the band after their set it emerged that there were several problems with the sound setup that day. This not only resulted in their set being delayed by an hour, but also some initial setbacks with levels and mixing. Fortunately this wasn’t noticeable to the crowd, who were richly rewarded for sticking around the extra time waiting. One quality Secret Cinema Band have is that they did not let these problems affect their performance, they rose above them and put the music first.
Visuals

Once again visuals played a strong part in the show, with songs such as Glue being synched to clips from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. However, the effect was slightly lost in this venue – the Pussy Parlure being a light filled make-shift pub. Unlike some of the larger stages, there were not screens incorporated into the set-up, so the band had to rely on projecting onto a small screen vaguely positioned behind them on the tiny stage. Again, this was clearly out of their control, but nonetheless it certainly detracted from the potential impact they could have had.
Crowd Reaction

As with any band that try something new you will always find division in people’s reaction. Most found themselves taken to a new place that afternoon, simply lost in the experience. Others found it difficult to warm to. Their problem wasn’t so much that they didn’t enjoy the performance, rather they didn’t know how to enjoy. One audience member commented that “I can’t place the music”. Perhaps this is a testament to Secret Cinema Bands originality, or perhaps it highlights a poor choice of stage by festival organizers. Whichever it is, the point remains a valid one, in that until this band reach a higher level of fame and are offered headline slots it is difficult to see exactly where they fit in. This isn’t a concern for them at present in terms of gigs, they are very active on the London circuit, but it could be a concern for any potential music industry executives.

Despite the odds being stacked against them Secret Cinema Band put on a solid and professional show. They are doing something original with music and deserve to go far. This is particularly true in those moments when Violinist, Pascal Roggen moves out of the somber bass frequencies and higher in pitch. This produces a truly unique sound that can’t be experienced with any other band. Sadly these moments are all too scarce, a downside of utilizing the violin in place of a bass guitar. Of course over the course of the set each band member was given a chance to display their own unique skills. From the airy guitars of Bojan Nikolic, the rhythmic glue of drummer Ramon Sherrington to the emotionally charged (often verging on angry) vocals of Laurent John each band member is highly talented but knows when to hold back and let the song shine through as a whole.

This performance has only served to enhance our view of Secret Cinema Band. We applaud their originality and passion for their music and hope they go far. - NEW MUSIC TRANSMISSION


"punkishly progressive"

"This London quartet employ electric violin and vintage electronic toys to play their experimental-rock sounds of their 'Right Foot, Left Foot' EP, which ranges from the delicate and arty to the punkishly progressive"


- TIMEOUT magazine


"Band to watch out for!"

"They're doing something really interesting. I really like their balance of experimental and popular music" - Little Power Records


"Utterly unique!"

"The Secret Cinema are an utterly unique band that work within their own boundaries and are great to work with"

Daniel Knowles (AmusementParksOnFire) - Daniel Knowles


"Barfly"

"They remind of a weird mix between Radiohead, TV on the radio and The Mars Volta" - Barfly


Discography

'Through a Cathode Darkly' (Album) 2010
'Right Foot, Left Foot' (EP) 2009
'Scene Y-11-A' (Video) 2011
'Break Of Your Arms And Replace Them With Wings' (Live Video) 2011
'What's That Noise?' (Live Video) 2011
'Imagination Is As Good As A Friend' (Live Video)

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Bio

This four piece is known for their visually inspired live shows. They produce an epic sound that takes the best parts of popular, experimental music and creates the unique Secret Cinema Band sound.

This unusual approach has led to comparisons with bands as varied as Radiohead, TV On The Radio and Mars Volta.They use experimental film footage when playing live performances, giving audiences a special experience. The notable part of their show is their accompaniment of a projected inspirational Charlie Chaplin speech from 'The Great Dictator'. It leaves audiences at a loss for words.

Secret Cinema Band have been playing festivals and venues around the UK and supported RA RA Riot. More recently they have completed a successful tour in the East Coast of Canada. Having played at venues and festivals such as Glastonbury 2010, Glade Festival 2011 and Envol et Macadam 2011 (Quebec City) the band’s fan base continues to grow.

They are also one of the winners of the Q Magazine Glastonbury Emerging Talent and as a result they have performed at Glastonbury 2010 and Glade Festival 2011. They have been introduced and played on BBC 6 radio by Tom Robinson.

The band have recorded at EMI Studios and worked with producer Daniel Knowles from the Post-Rock band, 'Amusement Parks On Fire' to record tracks of their debut album "Through a Cathode Darkly". The album is now available to buy.