FAME Review: Cinema Cinema - Manic Children & the Slow Aggression
Cinema Cinema - Manic Children & the Slow Aggression

Manic Children & the Slow Aggression

Cinema Cinema

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Following up on their EP-CD, Shoot the Freak (here), the Ev Gold (vox, gtrs.) / Paul Claro (drums) duet of rock experimentalists is at it again, cranking out wild skronk, bludgeonry, crazed vocals, and generally very cool mayhem. Normally, this sort of thing is so damned clumsy that I reject it out of hand, and have trashed many noisy post-punks CDs over the past decade, but these maniacs are so damned artful at this hybrid monster they're constructing that they drop into a zone somewhere between old Amon Duul II, Pere Ubu, Blue Cheer, and methed-out Stooges all attending a Stockhausen lecture on the artistic value of schizophrenia.

Manic Children is even more damaged than Shoot the Freak, and that's a very good thing indeed. Everything is grist for the mill, and the disc is a series of rapid-fire twists, perversions, upendings, and power chords. A lot of this couldn't be done live, which is why God created studios, and I'd love to see what would happen if the gentz used a 32-track board and jammed everything possible in. Cinema Cinema is a great bitched-up example of how the punk sound can be evolved way the fuck beyond its confines and still pungeantly reek of old school. Gold is a lunatic on guitar, but I'm betting even Jon Spencer is impressed with his shit. File Manic Children vaguely in the 'art damage' genre and see if it gives Mike Keneally a fit. I think it will, and he'll be smiling all the while.

Track List:

  • UFO
  • Adult Themes
  • 1st Writings on Levitation
  • Cycles & Territories
  • Phone Call
  • KGB
  • Siner
  • Altamont
  • National League Lament
  • Anesthesia
  • Lady Abortion
  • Day-Leash
  • It's my Party and I'll Die if I want To
All songs written by Cinema Cinema.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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