Cinemartyr have shared their wonderful take on “Scisssssssors” By Xiu Xiu. Watch the video via Youtube by the New York City band via Limerick, Ireland wonderful take on the legendary bay area group.
Cinemartyr was formed in Limerick, Ireland by composer Shane Harrington in 2012, before relocating to New York shortly afterwards. Cinemartyr is in many ways the culmination and result of a childhood forged amidst the gang feuds, burglaries and stabbings of the Southill ghetto in Limerick City. “Stab City,” a place once notorious for being the murder capital of Europe, is where composer Shane Harrington was raised. To date, Cinemartyr has released five diverse-sounding albums. Their sounds have spanned from somber experimental rock, to indie/folk approach, ambient and noise experimentation, to soundtrack and score-inspired. For this newest album, the band takes a more “lean, direct, and industrial” approach. The current lineup for their upcoming album, OPT OUT, consists of Shane Harrington (vocals, guitars), Amber Moon Voltson (vocals, guitars), Aaron CT (bass), and David Goldman (drums). A broad range of musicians including Fugazi, Arab On Radar, Daughters, Whores, Retox, Health, Death Grips, Sun Kil Moon, Rihanna, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Johann Johannsson have all been noted as influences to the band over the years.
The album was mixed at Nada Recording Studio, New York by John Naclerio. Additional tracking at Duke Sound in Brooklyn. Guest musicians include Luke Folger (drums), Ben Backus (bass) and Laura Lutzke (violin). Opt Out will be released on Light Sleeper Records on June 17th, 2022.
OPT OUT is the sixth album from this NYC-based band. Unlike their last release, where Harrington’s staccato shouts were featured prominently, OPT OUT sees vocalist/guitarist Amber Watson take center stage with her expressive falsetto and high note belting. This approach informed Harrington’s attempt to create a more lean, direct and industrial sound this time around. Riffs and progressions were once again judged under the Cinemartyr mantra “The body dictates the note.” That is to say that musical passages were judged on their intuitive playability live, rather than their pure aural merit, so as to maximize live movement and dynamism on stage.
Shane Harrington from Cinemartyr on the video for “Scisssssssors:”
The video shows a repeating loop of our singer Amber Moon interacting with a sculptural mould of a brain that she created in her backyard in Brooklyn. I wanted it to feel like a deleted scene to the original Xiu Xiu music video. The clip transforms over time and – at least for me – it unintentionally seems to induce a sort of semi-trance state.
Xiu Xiu have always been an impossibly inspiring band, so when the idea to do a series of covers emerged, this track quickly rose right to the top of the list. The main focus was to honor/thank these artists that blow my mind and that light the way forward for the rest of us.
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