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Cinema Novo began as a recording project of guitarist Christopher Richardson. After several years writing and recording arrangements for a large band proved unfruitful, Christopher brought in drummer Shawn Moeckly and stripped-down an original collection of songs for an EP to be recorded and performed as a duo, with electric guitar and drums. These songs were almost 5 years in the making, and were very close to never leaving the confines of a hard drive.
Being significantly influenced by film, the band's name is borrowed from the 1960s Brazilian film movement of the same name, which with its common themes of populism, violence, exploitation, and political realism, embodied the imagery of the band's music. For Christopher, director Glauber Rocha's famous phrase "an idea in your head and a camera in hand," translated to "sounds in your head and a guitar in hand."
With the recent addition of bassist Matthew Klem, the band has seen energetic growth, pushing the group closer to their original vision of creating scenes using sound. Together, they work hard to blend chewed-up punk rock, latin rhythms, and psychedelic ambience to form an intricate sonic mutiny.
It took almost five years for these songs to be finally realized on this album. They’re sonic snapshots of rebellion, alchemy, attraction, falling bombs, and propaganda.