March 23rd, 2023 9pm Stage 1
Cinemartyr (originally called OST) was formed in Limerick, Ireland by composer Shane Harrington in 2008, before relocating to New York City shortly afterwards. "Stab City," a place once notorious for being the "murder capital" of Europe, is where composer Shane Harrington was raised. Cinemartyr is in many ways the culmination and result of a childhood forged amidst the gang feuds, burglaries and stabbings of the Southill ghetto in Limerick City. To date, Cinemartyr has released five diverse-sounding albums. A broad range of musicians including The Mars Volta, Nine Inch Nails, Fugazi, Retox, Death Grips, Swans, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Rihanna have all been noted as influences to the band over the years. The current lineup for their upcoming album, OPT OUT, consists of Shane Harrington (vocals, guitars), Amber Moon (vocals, guitars), Aaron CT (bass) and David Goldman (drums).
OPT OUT is the sixth album from this NYC-based band. Unlike their last release, where Harrington’s staccato shouts were featured prominently, OPT OUT sees vocalist/guitarist Amber Moon take center stage with her expressive falsetto and high note belting. This approach informed Harrington’s attempt to create a more lean, direct and industrial sound this time around. Riffs and progressions were once again judged under the Cinemartyr mantra “The body dictates the note.” That is to say that musical passages were judged on their intuitive playability live, rather than their pure aural merit, so as to maximize live movement and dynamism on stage.
With regards to the themes and subject matter of OPT OUT, Harrington had this to say: “Though OPT OUT has a story, that story is not enforced upon the listener. Your interpretation of the material and your interpretation alone is correct - for you. Cinemartyr does not wish to prescribe, orate or direct the audience into thinking one way or another about the themes and concepts of OPT OUT. OPT OUT is prescription-free. OPT OUT is for you.”
OPT OUT was mixed at Nada Recording Studio, New York by John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, Brand New, Senses Fail). Additional tracking at Duke Sound in Brooklyn. OPT OUT was released on Light Sleeper Records on June 2nd, 2022. Press was executed by Justin Pearson at The Chain.