Cinemuerte are a great rock band hailing from Lisbon,Portugal. They have developed a solid following and reputation in Europe since their debut album ‘Born from Ashes’ in 2006. 2008 seen CineMuerte release their follow-up album ‘Aurora Core’ which was followed by ‘Wild Grown’ in 2011.The latest release ‘O Refugio‘is a hauntingly beautiful album going through various different Stages of emotion and led by the talented vocals of Sophia.Recently Crannk had a chat with Sophia about Cinemuerte’s most recent release “O Refugio”
Jai Q:I know CineMuerte have been around since around 2002 but for those that haven’t heard of you Who are CineMuerte and how did you form?
SV: CineMuerte are a portuguese rock band formed in Lisbon in 2002 by Sophia Vieira and João Vaz after the end of another common rock band they had, called NUA.
Jai Q;How would you describe the sound and style of CineMuerte?
Sv: CineMuerte play electronic rock.
Jai Q: Who are some of the people that have helped and inspire you as a musician.
Sv: Jeff Buckley, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Anathema, The Distillers, Jack White, Mars Volta, Interpol, Bush, George Michael, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Deftones, AC/DC, Nine Inch nails, Mão Morta, Placebo, Portishead, Fiona Apple, Deus.
Jai Q:How and when did you first start playing music?
SV: When I was 7 years old. There was a local festival in a small town called Gavião in Alentejo. A singer started to call children to join him on stage to sing a song. It was a kind of a contest. There was something in me at that moment that appealed me to go. I felt like a natural connection between the stage and me. A connection that could never be broken since then. After, due to some personal issues, to sing became to me a strong medicine to face fear, anxiety, expressing my anger. Music has me.
Jai Q:2006 saw the release of CineMuerte debut album Born From Ashes which seen the band get some good airplay and seen CineMuerte supporting bands like HIM,My Chemical Romance,Korn what was that period like for the band?
Sv:It was great; a period when rock music had its place in many events. We were very lucky to be part of it and it allowed the band to play in so many places, gathering many fans.
Jai Q:So I mentioned earlier CineMuerte have been around since about 2002 how do you feel the band has grown and evolved since then?
Sv: We feel we‘ve been doing the right things, mainly musically speaking. We’re proud about the songs we brought to life, with no regrets. And now, we are very happy with our new album. We hope people can feel the same chemistry.
Jai Q:The single “Me,Myself and I” off “O Refugio” was released at the start of April can you tell me a little about what the song is about and what the track means for you?
SV: MM&I is about a trinity of 3 persons that lives inside women when willing to love.
Jai Q:Can I also ask about the opening track “Until We Say Goodbye” and what that track is about and what that means to you?
SV:It is about grieving the death of a child.
Sv: I met 2 women that had to deal with that terrible loss. I had to write down about it. I believe it is absolutely the worst pain on earth. I can’t imagine what it feels like. But each one of them followed its own and unique way to deal with the pain.
Jai Q:The new release “O Refugio” is such a great listen how did you approach the song writing and song creation on this album?
Sv:The Physics of sound has its colors: sometimes songs call for darkness, sometimes songs call for joy.
Jai Q:Can you tell us a little about the recording process as well?
SV: We kept things simple throughout the recording process. Our goal was to capture the instruments in the best possible way and with the sound we wanted for each song. We started the recording process last year and then João Vaz mixed the songs in the box at home.
Jai Q:”Refugio” is due out on April 26 and I dare say CineMuerte will be fairly busy what has the band got planned for the alum launch have you got some live shows planned?
SV: we hope to reach our fans as soon as possible with many gigs during 2019 and 2020, and to reach new souls. We hope you’ll enjoy as much we enjoy the road. New faces, new stories to be told at the end of the journey.
CineMuerte thank you so much for taking the time out for Crannk and our Readers I really do appreciate it and again Congratulations on an amazing album in ‘O Refugio’ and all the best and keep Crannking the music
Kind Regards Jai Anderson and Crannk \m/
Sv: we want to thank you for this opportunity to reach all your followers. Yours truly. Cinemuerte.
Fred Gonçalves (Guitar)
João Vaz (Bass andSamples)
Sérgio Lopo (Drums)
Sophia Vieira (Vocals )
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