Cinema Cinema announce tour dates with Black Flag; new album in August

By on May 11, 2014
Cinema Cinema

BLACK FLAG has announced a spring / summer tour of North America entitled the VICTIMOLOGY TOUR with Brooklyn, NY two- piece atmospheric punk band Cinema Cinema as one of the openers. The tour kicks off on May 15 in Midland, Texas and includes dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, Toronto as well as an appearance at the Amnesia Rockfest Music Festival in Montebello, Quebec, Canada on June 20th. This August, Cinema Cinema release their third full length album A Night At The Fights, produced by Martin Bisi (Swans, Dresden Dolls, etc.) and Cinema Cinema.

The VICTIMOLOGY TOUR will feature new vocalist Mike Vallely joining the band for the first time since performing with them at the 2003 Benefit Shows at the Hollywood Palladium. Vallely is the fifth vocalist in the band’s 38 years of existence and according to founding member, guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member Greg Ginn, Vallely “is the perfect frontman to capture what Black Flag was, is and will be.”

Cinema Cinema was formed in Brooklyn by cousins Ev Gold (vocals & guitars) and Paul Claro (drums). Their second full length release is MANIC CHILDREN & the SLOW AGGRESSION recorded with legendary producer/engineer Don Zientara, renowned worldwide for his work with Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, & Bikini Kill among others.  The album was released on the Lumiere Label in 2012. In 2013 they released a single, a cover of PJ Harvey’s “50 Foot Queenie” c/w their own “Adult Themes.” “50 Foot Queenie” was originally recorded for the From 93 To Infinity compilation,  released in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of New Jersey’s Dromedary Records label. Cinema Cinema were originally approached about play the label’s annual show benefitting the “Roots & Wings” foundation: Roots & Wings provides young adults who age out of the foster care system in New Jersey with safe housing, educational support, counseling, and life skills in order to empower them toward self-sufficiency. After playing the sold-out benefit show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ they were asked to contribute a track to From 93 To Infinity the with all the material appearing being covers of  songs that originally appeared in 1993. After considering Fugazi’s “Facet Squared” and “Heart Shaped Box” byNirvana they chose “50ft queenie” as an opportunity to stretch as artists and connect with the strong female artistic energy of the song’s composer.


As always, Cinema Cinema’s sound is based on shattered & heavily-treated guitars pounded into focus by a primal assault of beats and shifted tempos. A vocal delivery, honest to its bloody, shredded core, forces the attention of listeners. Not a moment of pause prevails; but a feverish journey from one song structure to the next weaves incessantly throughout the performance.

Having formed in 2008 and released their debut LP, EXILE BABY, Cinema Cinema decided do 100 shows 2010. Touring that extensively taught the band countless invaluable lessons. Functioning fully under the D.I.Y. umbrella helped to further instill a serious minded work ethic. EXILE BABY would go on to crack the CMJ Top 200. By middle 2010, the duo had crafted almost a double album’s worth of new material. The band headed to legendary DC punk recordist Don Zientara’s Arlington, VA-based studio at the end of 2010 with big ideas. The sessions yielded close to 80 minutes of music and the duo released three songs worth as the SHOOT THE FREAK EP in 2011, as an introduction to the frantic, mind-bending music they’d created followed by MANIC CHILDREN & the SLOW AGGRESSION in 2012.


They coupled this release with their customary relentless touring, which included opening for Greg Ginn on three separate runs through the Southwest late that same year, having first toured with him on the East Coast mid 2010. During 2012 they opened for Ginn & The Royal We on several national tours including one through the SouthWest that saw them stopping over at SST’s Texas studios and recording an extended session with Greg sitting in on bass yielding some 90 minutes of dark, intense, heavy music.


They continued to tour in their own right through the Fall. That Fall Hurricane Sandy dumped 5 feet of toxic Gowanus sludge into their rehearsal space, filled at the time with all their gear; two week later, they were back on the road with borrowed gear!


Below is a list of confirmed BLACK FLAG VICTIMOLOGY TOUR dates thus far-
(More dates for July and August will be added soon):

May 15 – Midland, TX @ Blue Max
May 16 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
May 17 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pubrock
May 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
May 19 – Bakersfield, CA @ On the Rocks
May 20 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
May 21 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
May 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Hall
May 23 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish
May 24 – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
May 27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 28 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 29 – Bend, OR @ Volcanic
May 30 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Jun 11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jun 12 – Oklahoma City, OK @ OKC Farmers Market
Jun 13 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
Jun 14 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
Jun 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Jun 16 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
Jun 17 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Jun 18 – Lansing, MI @ The Avenue
Jun 19 – Toronto, CANADA @ Coda
Jun 21 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theater
Jun 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
Jun 23 – Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar
Jun 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Jun 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar
Jun 26 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
Jun 27 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Jun 28 – Hot Springs National Park, AR @ Maxine’s Live
Jul 11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Jul 24 – Billings, MT @ The Railyard
Jul 27 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Jul 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Jul 31 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
Aug 1  – Colorado Springs, CO @ Rawkus


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.