Album Review -The Cinematics


The Cinematics -Love and Terror (Orchard)

The follow-up album to their 2007 debut, A Strange Education, Love and Terror shows that the Cinematics have taken a quantum leap forward as a band. To play the two albums side by side is to show how they have gone from being a fairly run-of-the-mill indie band, to a band who are firing on all cylinders.

Hopefully by now you will have heard the two singles that have been extracted from the album, ‘New Mexico’ and the title track. What the Cineamatics have graudated to is writing an album full of anthems, building on influences like early U2 (check those ringing guitars!) and the Bunnymen and created something rather special. With the addition of tracks like album opener ‘All These Things’ and ‘Lips Taste Like Tears’ this is the sound of a band coming into their own.

The birth pains of this album may have been painful -house firebombings, label bankruptacy, police hassle -but this is a band who are going places, and who deserve to have as much attention paid to them as possible. Whatever the issues that went into making this album, I hope the band feel it was worth it. I do.

Cinematics -‘Love and Terror (radio edit).’ mp3

Cinematics -‘New Mexico.’ mp3

The Cinematics website/The Cinematics myspace

The return of the Cinematics…continued


A few weeks ago I posted the title track from the new Cinematics album Love and Terror.

Well, Love and Terror will be out next week, and on the strength of this new track I’ve been sent to post, which I belive is also a single, it’s going to be another slice of classy scots indie. And…it sounds nothing like the previous track I posted, which is good, in the sense of showing there is more than one side to the band. Hopefully this album will elevate the band to the heights I believe they are capable of. I haven’t heard the album in its’ entirety yet, but this bodes very well:

The Cinematics -‘New Mexico (single mix).’ mp3 [NB Right click]

And just in case you missed it…

The Cinematics -‘Love and Terror.’ mp3 [NB Left click]

The Cinematics website/The cinematics myspace

As always, let me know what you think…

Ten Scottish bands for today

(A shot of Aberfeldy live last October. One of the bands you need in your life).

Okay, having done ten tracks last time, this time I thought I would point you in the direction of ten scottish bands you ought to hear.

This is not a definitive list, either of my own making or anyone else’s, but it’s 10 from a selection on my Myspace page that I would like to point you in the direction of. Some of these bands I have written about here, others I haven’t -yet!- so this should serve as an introduction.

Just in case anyone is very highly strung out there, this is not to slag off anyone, but highlight some great bands who are – by and large – active today, and is in no way a slight to The Associates, The Delgados (my favourite ever scottish band), Josef K, Aztec Camera, The Skids, Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap, Belle and Sebastian…but you need to hear these guys and gals too:

Aberfeldy official site myspace

Ballboy official site myspace

The Cinematics official site myspace

The Fire Engines official site myspace

Mother and the addicts official site myspace

My Latest Novel official site myspace

Odeon Beat Club official site myspace

Sons and Daughters official site myspace

Swimmer One official site myspace

X-Vectors official site myspace

All of these acts have tracks for you to hear on their myspace pages, and many have mp3s for you to download, either on their mypsace page or on their own web pages.

Happy listening, and happy discovering!

Remember: artists cannot survive on goodwill alone. If you like what you hear, please, Please, PLEASE support them. Buy their music, go to the gigs, tell your friends about them. Snobbery and elitism is for losers.

BTW, two more Scottish based blogs you should check out: The Face Of Today and And Before The First Kiss.