Hello Ev. You will be touring with Greg Ginn - how did this tour come about? Were you always a fan of Greg's and Black Flag?
Ev Gold > We've gone out with Ginn five times since spring of 2010. Cinema Cinema has toured very heavily since our inception in 2008. The hard touring and DIY ethics that we founded the band on were something directly influenced by Black Flag/SST Records. In 2009 we did 100 shows, meeting many good people along the way. We wound up doing a few shows with a band who had just toured with Greg and one thing led to another and Greg and I wound up speaking via the internet, ultimately sparking up the start of a friendship right off the bat. The decision was made that on the next SST tour, Cinema Cinema would open some dates.. And in spring of 2010 - his outfit at the time (Greg Ginn & the Taylor Texas Corrugators) came to the northeast and we did about 8 shows with them and really meshed well. That trek was enough fun that we decided touring together as often as our schedules could allow would be a good thing for all involved. In 2011 & 2012 there were two runs a piece with Greg's new outfit (Greg Ginn & the Royal We) - covering a lot of the southwest as well as a large chunk of the northeast.
We also did some recording with Greg sitting in on Bass at SST in early 2012. We're not sure when that stuff will see the light of day, but we do plan to do some more recording as a three piece with Greg before we tour again with him, sometime this spring. We're currently ironing out the schedule to see exactly when will work and what the details will be.
Why do you call the band "Cinema Cinema"? Are you a movie fanatic?
Ev Gold > "Man Bites Dog" is a French film from 1993. The name of the band is taken from a scene in that film. Rather than try to explain it here, I suggest checking it out.
And yes, both Paul (my cousin /the drummer in CC) and I are big film fans as well (although that really did not dictate the choice of band name, just a nice coincidence). I majored in Film for the short time that I attended College. I find that art form fascinating and at times look to apply some of its principals to the choices I make with the music that I help to create in CC.
How was it to work with the producer of Bad Brains, Fugazi? Are you a fan of those bands as well?
Ev Gold > Working with Don Zientara was a profound experience with positive residual effects that are still revealing themselves to us. He really allows this place of comfort to develop in the studio by coaxing you to have the faith in what you do enough to just be yourself and do it. Plus, he recorded us to analog tape. In these cold sounding digital times he afforded us an organic and natural scape with which to capture the beast in the studio. I don't know how we won't wind up just doing all our records with Don, he's become like family to us and has taken care of us anytime we have toured through the D.C. area since recording with him.
Being a fan of not only Bad Brains & Fugazi, but almost ALL the great bands that he has worked with (VOID, Rites of Spring, Q and Not U, Scream, Jawbox, Shudder to Think, Bikini Kill, etc.) - it was indeed a mind blow at first and has taken quite a while to wrap my mind around the fact that we have formed a great bond with him over the course of recording and (since) sharing a number of gig's together (Don is also a musician who has had releases of his own music on Dischord Records as well)
What inspires you to write music?
Ev Gold > Waking up and being alive. The more I live and breathe the more I am a vessel for the music to pass through. When I plug in and create sound with my cousin in this band I am working within my purpose and ultimately using the gifts I was given. Walking the walk and talking the talk.
Could you name some of your influences?
Ev Gold > Frank Zappa, Bad Brains, Swans, The Afghan Whigs, Neil Young, Faith No More, Django Reihhardt, Husker Du, Slayer, Fugazi, Greg Ginn, Miles Davis, Battles, Sex Pistols, Tool.
Cinema Cinema experiments with various sounds, giving each song a unique color. How did you work this out - the different sounds?
Ev Gold > Our approach has really grown over time, molding and shaping itself with many intricacies that could not be explored in a conventional three or four piece band. We use the empty space surrounding us as a duo to our advantage, exploiting each and every accent and edge to its exhaust point. Paul and I trade off sections of songs where either my guitar is extravagant and sprawling or his beats are particularly prevalent and in the lead. Whilst steering the ship, each of us keep a firm grip on the wheel, following the music where it leads us, on a high speed chase. I make use of a varied pedal board and multiple amps to paint the songs with as large a brush stroke as they call for at times. We practice and play live very often, so we are constantly growing together and pushing each other and the songs in new directions, further honing in on what we do, which is make a LARGE sum of noise to be coming out of only two individuals.
What are your plans for the future? Do you paint or write prose or poetry?
Ev Gold > Cinema Cinema is just approaching its 5 year anniversary (January 11th 2008 was our first practice together, February 22nd 2008 was our first gig) and we’re in a very good place. We have learned SO much over the last few years of working our asses off. We have a better grip on ourselves and the process and commitment it takes to be in a serious band. We’re thrilled with where we are at and I know that plans for the future are to continue to play together as long as we are having a good time doing it and continuing to do break new ground sonically. We have covered half of the US (about 25 states) as well as Canada over the first 5 years; we’d like to cover the other ones we have missed within the next 2 years.. We’d also like to get over to the UK as SOON as possible.
Aside from Cinema’s plans, - I do write prose, keep journals etc.. And other art forms are of interest.. But emoting via my guitar and voice and a mix of other sounds will be the avenue I stick with until I am too dead to be alive anymore and can no longer do so. It’s the language I feel most comfortable speaking.
Are there any artists that currently interest you?
Ev Gold > I love John Frusciante. His guitar playing has always been important to me but his new solo material, which is a lot more electronic based, has particularly been a current interest. Also, Flying Lotus – another more electronic type of artist, has been on my radar a bunch as well. The further away the sounds are from something predictable, the more I am attracted. I also have been listening to a lot of Benny Goodman; he was a favorite of my grandfather and is permanently etched into a good place in my ears and mind. I also read a great article on Pig Destroyer which opened me up to re-checking them out and that has been a fancy as well lately.
Are you involved in activism that you may wish to tell us about?
Ev Gold > No. Just music for me.
What are you doing when not working on the music?
Ev Gold > Following the muse wherever it leads me and gathering information/data along the way, to filter through and into the art that is yet to be made. Oh, and nonstop managerial/booking operations for the band, 24/7. And trying to treat my neighbor as I would like to be treated myself, practicing kindness. Just the normal-dormal punk rock shit.