CINEMA CINEMA: PunkNews Hosts Advance Stream Of CCXMDII; Sixth Album From Brooklyn Art Punk Duo Sees Release Friday Through Nefarious Industries

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PunkNews is currently hosting an exclusive stream of CCXMDII, the new album by Brooklyn, New York art punk duo CINEMA CINEMA, preceding the record’s release through Nefarious Industries this Friday.

CINEMA CINEMA‘s sixth full-length CCXMDII serves as companion and conclusion to 2019’s CCXMD. Woodwind expert Matt Darriau returns, bringing along more tools from his repertoire as the trio submerge themselves in the strange beauty of chaotic sound, found together in the moment. CCXMDII was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Vin Cin at Electric Plant Studios in Brooklyn, New York, with artwork, design, and layout by Lauren A. Kelley.

The band’s Ev Gold writes, “We were in Louisiana a handful of years ago, on tour opening for Black Flag, when a customer came to our merch table incredulously asking, ‘you guys call yourself punk rock?’. Seemingly accusing us of misrepresenting something that was a pre-fixed idea in his mind. It was a special moment in our little world, as we had started to achieve what we set out to do, which is to be like no one else. That to us is the definition of punk rock. Making and releasing records that do not stay in one lane. Following the sounds wherever they go. Using the music as medicine. These are the steps we take to separate ourselves from most others we have encountered. CCXMDII is a proud moment for us, as we find ourselves furthest away from wherever we’ve stood before sonically. It’s exciting to get lost at sea, you don’t know which way the wind will blow next.”

PunkNews writes in part, “the band makes a lot of wild music. In the past, that has taken the form of skull-splitting, jagged-hardcore. But, they’ve been evolving and warping, and their new album, CCXMDII is the freakiest one yet… They are swinging for the fences on this monster.”

Stream CINEMA CINEMA’s entire CCXMDII early only at PunkNews RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release CCXMDII on CD and all digital platforms this Friday, August 20th. Find preorders including merch bundles and more HERE.

CINEMA CINEMA was established in 2008 by Brooklyn-born cousins, vocalist/guitarist Ev Gold and drummer Paul Claro. They’ve been described as “experi-metal punks” by the Village Voice, a “jolt of adrenaline” by BrooklynVegan, and “feral and unrelenting” by Big Takeover.

In 2019, the duo joined with Nefarious Industries to release their fifth album, CCXMD. Taking a stylistic left turn from any previously recorded output, they found themselves delving into ambient and atmospheric free-jazz territories. CINEMA CINEMA invited reed aficionado Matt Darriau – best known for his work with Grammy award-winning world-music ensemble The Klezmatics – to join the group for the collaborative, entirely improvised affair. Darriau had been a guest on the band’s 2017 LP Man Bites Dog, providing saxophone on a handful of tracks.

Touring extensively through the past decade, CINEMA CINEMA has performed over four hundred fifty shows across eleven countries. The duo has toured numerous times alongside SST Records founder Greg Ginn, including a fifty-plus-date 2014 North American tour opening for Black Flag, select dates supporting Black Flag in 2013, and shared dates in 2010, 2011, and 2012 with Ginn’s other outfits The Royal We and The Taylor Texas Corrugators. In addition, the band has half a dozen European tours to their credit, including a 2013 stint in support of Martin Bisi Band and a run of Summer festivals in 2016.

CINEMA CINEMA appears in and has contributed music to the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Sound And Chaos: The Story Of BC Studio. The band was also included on BC35, a celebration of the 35th anniversary of BC Studio – alongside members of Swans, Sonic Youth and other studio alumni, released via Bronson Recordings in 2018.