The Upshot: Every track vibrates with the energy of too many cups of coffee, leading to a series of bash-and-crash hits uncoiling like a pissed-off cobra.
BY MICHAEL TOLAND
Some bands have a special talent for turning temper tantrums into music. Brooklyn duo Cinema Cinema have it down, with nearly every song being a controlled explosion of vitriol powered by drummer Paul Claro’s relentless kit thwack and guitarist Ev Gold’s unsmiling screech.
On the band’s fourth LP Man Bites Dog, “Taxi Driver” and “Bomb Plot” rip through the air like a three-year-old’s reaction to being denied candy in the grocery store. “Exotic Blood” and “Mask of the Red Death” double that latter song’s length and shifting dynamics without letting up in intensity. “Digital Clockwork Orange” and the massive “Shiner Number Five” add saxist Matt Darriau and spacey vibes, growing out of the duo’s work with the hornman in improvisational act CCMD.
Every track vibrates with the energy of too many cups of coffee on top of too much time spent reading message board commentary, leading to a series of bash-and-crash hits uncoiling like a pissed-off cobra. Produced by Martin Bisi, who knows just what to do with postpunk rage-a-holics, Man Bites Dog snaps, snarls and sizzles.
DOWNLOAD: “Mask of the Red Death,” “Exotic Blood,” “Shiner Number Five”