Surely on pace to rival the abundant shelf filling of The Wedding Present, Cinerama released a clutch of singles in support of their debut LP, as well as a number prior to 2000’s Steve Albini-recorded Disco Volante “dangerously, seductively sweet” (Melody Maker). Notable were the heart-rending Superman (complete with alternative Spanish take) and the six and a half minute epic Health And Efficiency (also available in French!).
The third Cinerama studio album, Torino (2002), was much darker than the first two, with Gedge returning to a guitar-driven sound and deciding to write predominantly about infidelity. “Cinerama are escaping the shadow of Gedge’s illustrious indie-legend past. Torino is a giant beast of adulterous lyrical fantasies, cult soundtrack flourishes and the screams of Albini-engineered guitars” (Uncut).
At the end of 2002, Gedge and Murrell split up, and he decided to depart from Leeds, moving to Seattle and busying himself with a new Cinerama album which eventually became the new Wedding Present LP, (Take Fountain). For him, it was full circle and Cinerama was no more after 2004.
Following annual one-off appearances starting in 2009 at Gedge’s own festival, At the Edge of the Sea, he revived the Cinerama name for a limited edition single, I Wake Up Screaming in October 2013.
Edited by adchelle on 1 Oct 2013, 20:07
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