The Cinematics are a four piece from Glasgow, Scotland. With swirling guitars and a pulsating rhythm section, they create a dark, yet hopeful sound. The band consists of Scott Rinning on guitar & vocals, Adam Goemans on bass, Ross Bonney on drums, and Larry Reid on guitar. Their latest album, Love and Terror, blends their previous albums' resonant tone as well as a rawer, more emphatic sound. Here, Scott and Larry give a closer look and divulge into the process of making the record.
1. How would you describe the new record compared to the last?
Scott: The songs are more lyric-based and it overall sound is much raw and, we feel, more honest than that of Strange Education.
2. Was there a specific sound you were looking to create with this record?
Scott: We just wanted it to sound like the four of us in a room, playing the songs. The first album was recorded with some well-respected producers- Stephen Hague and Simon Barnicott- which was a great experience, but this time round we wanted the album to sound less polished and more transparent. I think we achieved it.
3. What is it you try to achieve within a song or during the process up until the final result?
Larry: We produced the last album ourselves, so we were in complete control from start to finish. Generally, I try to keep the songs sounding as energetic- even violent- as possible.
4. What is the band's process in songwriting?
Scott: It varies. We tend to write separately and then bring our ideas together. We each have pretty strong ideas, individually, as to how we want the songs to sound. We all joke about Adam’s love of funk and soul, and I remember one argument in the studio ending with someone shouting at Larry “look, the world doesn’t need another Jesus and Mary Chain record!” It can be difficult trying to keep everyone happy, as they try to pull songs in different directions, but I think the end-result is worth the friction.
5. Do you use anything specific for inspiration to come up with a riff or lyric?
Larry: I think this is a very personal record, so most of the lyrics are based on our own experiences in the last year and a half.
6. Who have been some bands who have influenced this band?
Scott: We’re all into very different music. Adam and Ross like soul and funk music, as well as Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and anything with a groove. Larry likes Bob Dylan!
Larry: ... and all sorts of other stuff... the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Neu!, Can, the Smiths and the Clash.
Scott: I like music with great vocal performances... Scott Walker, Jeff Buckley, Echo and the Bunnymen. There are some bands that we all agree on, though, like Radiohead and Talking Heads.
7. If you were not in a band, what do you see yourself doing?
Larry: I’d be a cowboy.
Scott: I think I’d be either a shoe-maker in Italy or a forester in Canada.
8. What is something non music related that takes up your time?
Larry: Right now I’m decorating my flat.
Scott: I’m trying to save the honey-bee populations of the west end of Glasgow.
Larry: And I think all of the band members spend a lot of time reading.
9. What direction do you foresee the band taking and where would you like to see yourselves, within the multitude and array of various artists?
Larry: We’re going to record the next album very soon. So far, the songs are sounding wildly different- there are lots of different instruments and we’re taking a different approach to writing. We try not to think about other bands- we just want to make the best and most honest music that we can.
10. What are some bands you are currently listening to?
Scott: In the tour-bus, we listen to Wild Beasts a lot, as well as other current bands like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Phoenix, A Place to Bury Strangers and A Sunny Day in Glasgow.
Last movie you saw & show you went to?
Larry: We had a day off on the last tour, so Scott insisted that we all go to the cinema. We watched Where the Wild Things Are, which is supposed to be a film for children. It was ok, but the whole experience was altogether a bit trippy, as we were the only people in the cinema and we had been drinking cocktails all afternoon.