The Movies

The Movies


Memorable, catchy, high-energy dance punk that transcends today’s mold with something genuinely fresh and freshly genuine. Hailed as an L.A. favorite. In 2005 they won "Best Rock/Pop Band" in L.A. Weekly. 2 LPs out. 2 Spain tours, CMJ, SXSW. Joy Division meets B.Bachrach meets early T. Heads.


The Movies started in Boston in early 1999 by Timothy James (former singer/songwriter/guitarist of The Vehicle Birth [Crank Records]). Shortly after forming, in September 99', they briefly re-located to Washington DC and hooked up with drummer/old friend, Steven Triechel (Pines of Nowhere, The Aerialist) and recorded their full-length CD "In one era out the other" with Jonathon Kreinik (Trans Am, !!!, Ted Leo, etc.) at National Recording Studios in four days on a shoestring budget. After the recording, they moved to Silver Lake in Los Angeles where they all live today.

"In one era out the other" was released by Houston Party Records (Barcelona; European label for Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, Postal Service, Iron & Wine, etc.). Soon afterwards (April '02), Houston Party released the CD in Europe, UK, and Japan. In October, 2002 the label and 6 sponsors brought The Movies to Spain for a 2-week tour of the country.

“In One Era” was again released in North and South America and Australia in June, 2003 by
Gern Blandsten (Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Radio 4, Liars, Watchers, Rye Coalition, Canyon, etc.). See Music to hear MP3s (live and studio).

The next album, "American Oil" was recorded by Phil Manly of Trans Am (the song "Dougie" also features Trans Am drummer Sebastian Thompson on percussion). The album was recorded--also in a few days--after touring with Trans Am and A.R.E. Weapons through the south. The album was released in early 2005 by Houston Party Records, followed by another tour of Spain in late January where the Movies played with Luna, Matthew Sweet, and former Weezer bassist/singer/songwriter Matt Sharp.

In the summer of 2005, The Movies were awarded "Best Pop/Rock Band" (as opposed to best "Pop Rock Band" by L.A. Weekly Music Awards.

The Movies are currently playing live in L.A. and developing/recording material for their next album in their new home, Chermak Studios, Burbank CA. For more info, contact Mary Rahmani at


"In One Era Out The Other" LP
2002 Houston Party Records - Barcelona, Spain
2003 Gern Blandsten Records - New York, NY

"American Oil" LP
2005 Houston Party Records - Barcelona, Spain


Houston PartyAutumn Sampler 04

appearing with: Broken Social Scene, The Capitol Years, Rogue Wave, The Shins, Iron & Wine, etc.

Houston Party6x100. CD.

appearing with The Shins, The Capitol Years, The Long Winters, The Posies, Death Cab For Cutie, All Night Radio, Portastatic, Pernice Brothers, Kim Fowley, Superchunk, The Postal Service,

Houston Party 20vs.5
20th Anniversary Compilation - Limited
Release for ROCKDELUX Magazine, Spain
April 2003 Issue

Features 20 selections, including The Movies "Creation Lake"

Houston Party "Sampler 5"
appearing with: Snowglobe, The Postal Service,
,Fruit Bats, The Tyde, The Rubinoos, White Flag,
Beachwood Sparks

Houston Party "Sampler 4"

1. The Movies: "Creation Lake"
2. Captain Soul: "Looking For Love"
3. Death Cab For Cutie: "Why You'd Want To Live Here"
4. Beezewax: "Ballad Of The Beaches"
5. Ze Malibu Kids: "Outer Circle"
6. Beachwood Sparks: "The Sun Sorrounds Me"
7. Bevis Frond: "Lifelike"
8. Cotton Mather: "Marathon Man"
9. Splitsville: "The Love Songs Of B. Douglas Wilson"
10. Jean Jacket Shotgun: "Gimme Gimme"
11. The Tea Servants: "The Man Who Rests His Soul"
12. The Posies: "Fall Apart With Me"
13. The Shins: "Caring Is Creepy"
14. Dakota Suite: "The Way I Am Sick"
15. Jon Auer. "Tears"
16. Buddy Greco: "Lovely Way To Spend An Evening"

The Movies recieve airplay in INDY 103, KPFK and KXLU in Los Angeles. They have also charted high on college/indy stations internationally.

"In One Era..." was listed as #2 on (Spain) in the Top 20 of 2002 and hailed as "One of the best discs of the year" by Men's Magazine in Germany.

Listed in Ben Gibbard (Death Cab)'s Top 10 Celebrity Plalist on Itunes.

Set List

Sets are typically 30 to 45 minutes you'll never forget. Covers are very rare.