The music presented by Cinema Sleep is like enjoying a superb film – ambitious, wondrously original, yet thoroughly modern in its approach. Now signed to Standby Records, Cinema Sleep recently unleashed debut is entitled Make Your Way – five exhilarating songs in all destined to inspire even the most hardhearted of music critic. Here is a short but sweet interview we conducted to find out more about this dynamic band on the rise. Read on as we encounter the vivid reveries of Cinema Sleep and their new awakenings in modern rock…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Cinema Sleep, and how long the band has been together.
Brady Reis – Vocals
Kevin Vincent – Drums
Robert McDonald – Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Meyers – Bass
Alex Asch – Guitar
We’ve been together for about a year now.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?
We’re based out of Cincinnati, OH. The scene here is different, very diverse.
How did you wind up signing with Standby Records?
We’ve been talking with Neil(owner) for a little while, since we started the band.
Where did you get the name of your band and what made you decide to use that moniker?
We decided on the name of the band because we felt it fit the type of music we play.
Is there any story or concept behind the Make Your Way title?
The concept basically states what we’re here for. We wanted to make music we believe is original. It’s actually a pretty literal concept, it was our first start and we wanted to make our way into the industry.
Select two songs from Make Your Way and what inspired the lyrics.
“The Response” is a song about the departure from our last band and negative people that were in our lives.
“Through This House” is about broken families, people being stuck in the middle of failing relationships. Personal stuff.
Who produced Make Your Way and what was it like working with them?
Every song on the EP minus The Response was produced by Kris Crummett(Dance Gavin Dance, Sleeping With Sirens, A lot like Birds, Tides of Man) out of Portland, Oregon. It was an incredible experience being out west and working with a producer of his caliber. We recorded The Response back home with Tyler Smyth of the band Dangerkids.
What could one expect from a live Cinema Sleep show?
You’re going to have a good time.
Has Cinema Sleep ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We haven’t but definitely plan to hit LA very soon.
Any strange or unusual happenings while out on the road or at a live show?
We played a “festival” in upstate New York back in August which was part of our “Passion over Fashion” tour. It was definitely not what we were expecting. Outside in the middle of nowhere on a stage made out of particle board and we were probably offered every drug imaginable haha.
If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
30 Seconds to Mars
#1 we would to see them play and #2 they are all very huge influences of ours.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
That we definitely sound like a modern rock band but it’s still very original. That we do what we want to do and play what we want to play, it makes people feel like they can be their own individual. We do what we love and we want our listeners to feel like they can do the same without judgement.
What’s up next for Cinema Sleep?
New record in late/early Summer. Touring touring touring.
Any final words of wisdom?
Did you know that every night the operators of Disney World release 300 cats into all the parks to keep the rodent population at a bare minimum?
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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