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Cinemechanica
EP/1
Self-Released

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Indie rock is a term that has taken on a much less defined meaning in the last four or five years. Rather than merely referring to a band whose album is released/distributed independently, indie rock has become an over-arching phrase referring to any band who plays rock n' roll within the forum of the New Balance-clad, vintage equipment-toting, 1" button-sporting realm. Cinemechanica is a band that could easily fall victim such a generalization, but with EP/1 this Athens, GA outfit proves that these confines certainly do not apply.

This six-song jaunt could most easily be described as Braid's spastic, yet mathematically inclined younger brother. "Our Local Calling Plan Will Save You Money" is just one example of the intricate guitar work that is prevalent throughout the EP, as one guitar's angular notes are supported by the other's full-toned harmonics. The quickened pace of songs like "North Dakota," or "I Punch Over Trees," showcase a solid rhythm section, with subtle, yet effective bass playing, and strong-armed drumming that hints at complexity, but doesn't clutter the already hectic song structures - a common pitfall of many bands these days.

Cinemechanica's often-sparse vocals allow for their musicianship to emerge at the forefront of EP/1. The majority of the songs feature two vocalists, weaving their lyrical patterns around the other, resulting in back-and-forth types of vocal movements, which lends itself well to the uniqueness of Cinemechanica's overall sound. EP/1's final track, "Go Stop Explode," displays their strong dynamic playing, beginning with the rhythmic vigor of the preceding songs, and closing out with a perhaps the most straight-forward and amiable melody of the entire EP.

This analog-recorded EP really separates itself from the Pro-Tools-based, digitally recorded albums that we have all become accustomed to with its warmer/fuller guitar tones and richer sounding drums, rounded out by a thick bass sound. As Cinemechanica's writing grows and matures, we are assured of an even more innovative full-length in the future.

Reviewed by Tedd Wood
A former staff writer based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Tedd Wood has no affiliation with neither the director, Ed Wood, nor the cabinet makers.

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