Band Of The Week: The Cinematic Orchestra


Slight Band History:

 The Cinematic Orchestra was created in 1999 by Jason Swinscoe, other than him the Band members are former DJ Food member PC (Patrick Carpenter) on turntables, Luke Flowers (drums), Tom Chant (Saxophone), Nick Ramm ( piano), Stuart McCallum ( guitar) and Phil France (double bass). Swinscoe and Carpenter”PC” have also been in a band called Neptune. Swinscoe first had a band called Crabladder while he was studying Fine Art at Cardiff College in 1990. Also being a DJ on Heart FM a radio station in south london.

Details:

Genre: Nu jazz, Downtempo, Acid Jazz, electronica, fusion of jazz and hardcore punk elements.
Activity: 1999 – still going
Name Origin: N/A for now.
Studio Albums: 

  • Motion (1999)
  • Every Day (2002)
  • Ma Fleur (2007)
Other Albums:
  • Remixes 98-2000 (2000)
  • Man with a Movie Camera (2003)
  • Live at Royal Albert Hall (2008)
  • The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos OST (2009)
  • Late Night Tales: The Cinematic Orchestra (2010)
  • The Cinematic Orchestra presents in Motion #1 (2012)
Fun Facts About The Band:
1. The were ask to performed at the Director’s Guild Awards ceremony for the Achievement Award to film director Stanley Kubrick.
2. The Cinematic Orchestra created a cover version of Radiohead song “Exit Music (for a film). Here is the (original by Radiohead) and here is the (cover by The Cinematic Orchestra).
3. They have songs appeared in movies like: Trinidad, The Tree, Polytechnique(film), Step Up Revolution also in tv series like: jPod, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds, Packed to the Rafters, Ugly Betty, On Thin Ice, Suits, Top Gear, Teen Wolf, So You Think You Can Dance and many, many more. 
4. The Song “Channel 1 Suite” was used in a trailer for the TV series Lost.
5. The songs “The Man With a Moving Camera” and “The Awakening Of A Woman” the names of those songs are based on the movie ” Man With a Moving Camera” directed by russian  Dziga Vertov.
Top Songs:

A Little Taste Of It:

This is a new section I’m gonna be adding now and to my old post, In here I’ll pick one song from the band I’m talking about for you guys to hear, It could be my favorite from them, the first I heard from them, a cover from them, Their most popular and so on. I’ll always state which ever reason on top of the video: Reason for this pick: First one I heard from them.
Personal Opinion:
I found this band recently not even a week a go. They were in my suggest list on Spotify for listening to “Múm” a band that I’ll one week of these talk about. I’ve been listening to The Cinematic Orchestra while looking for info of them and i have to say I’ve enjoyed them a lot, is a very peaceful instrumental jazzy tune they play. It’s great for working or thinking music and even to relax a bit. I have yet to skip a song so that’s a good sign. All i have to say is that if you enjoy movie scores and sometimes want a more soothing tone give this band a shot, you’ll be surprise how fast most of their 10 minute songs go by. 
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-Skullky

Band Of The Week: Less Than Jake

Slight Band History: 

Less Than Jake was formed in 1992, This band consists of Chris DeMakes (vocals, guitar),Roger Lima (vocals, bass), Vinnie Fiorello (drums, lyrics), Peter “JR” Wasilewski (saxophone) and Buddy Schaub (trombone). Their album “Anthem”(2003) was their most commercially success and the band has their own label since 2008 “Sleep It Off Records”. Before being Less Than Jake while being in high school, vocalist and guitarist Chris DeMakes, bassist Shaun Grief(Shaun Grief would eventually be Less Than Jake’s roadie) and drummer Vinnie Fiorello had a local band called ” Good Grief”. Good Grief broke up when Chris DeMakes went to University Of Florida. Vinnie Fiorello would go to the University of Florida on the weekends to meet with Chris to write songs. Eventually Vinne moved to University of Florida as well. When Chris and Vinnie were reunited they started thinking what to name the band  and on July 13 of 1992 Less Than Jake was born. Having influence with the band “Snuff” the band decided they wanted to add a horn section. Formed as a power pop trio with punk influence, Less Than Jake has transformed into a ska-inspired punk band with the addition of the horn section.


Details:

Genre: Ska Punk, Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Reggae

Activity: 1992- present

Name Origin: two name origins (both could be right, both could be wrong or one could be right, you decide)
1. The name comes from Vinnie Firorello’s dog “Jake” that was treated better than every one in the family thus the name being “Less Than Jake”. In some places it says it is a bird and not a dog. (I think is a dog)
2. Reference to the phrase “Everything is Jake”which is an old phrase meaning “Everything is Cool”.

Studio albums: 

  • Pezcore (1995)
  • Losing Streak (1996)
  • Hello Rockview (1998)
  • Borders & Boundaries (2000)
  • Anthem (2003)
  • In With the Out Crowd (2006)
  • GNV FLA (2008)
  • See the Light (2013)
From: Gainesville, Florida, United States.


Fun Facts About The Band:

2. Chris has been recording his own solo music while not working with Less Than Jake. He is a guest vocalist on the 2010 album The Seven Degrees Of Stephen Egerton by Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton.

3. Vinnie Owns a toy company called Wünderland War. 

Top Songs 



Personal Opinion:

Like most of my favorite bands I heard them for the first time in a Tony Hawk game. I say that the first song i heard and knew from them was “That’s why they call it a union” on THUG2 because even though i heard “All my bestfriends are metalheads” first on THP4 i didn’t knew it was them. Saying that, like most songs from those games I liked them a lot, had the soundtrack, heard all of those songs countless times and when i was older and noticed that “All my bestfiends are metalheads” is Less Than Jake as well, I went to look for more songs of them, already liked two probably was going to like more and did. Too keep this short, if you like ska or punk you’ll like this band and if you liked the punk/rock soundtrack from Tony Hawk games you’ll definitely will like them. 

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-Skullky

Band Of The Week: The Royal Concept

Slight Band History:
The Royal Concept originally known as “Concept Store”, “The Concept” and “Stockholm’s Royal Concept”. The band is composed of David Larson (guitar, keyboard and vocals),  Filip Bekic (guitar) ,  Robert  Magnus (bass) and Frans Povel (drums). This group is relatively new, their debut was in 2010 under the name of “Concept Store” with their single “Damn” showing their electronica mix with a “Phoenix” like sound. The band changed their name to “The Royal Concept” in 2012.
Details:

Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Rock, Synthpop
Activity: 2010-Present
Name Origin: N/A (for now)
Studio Albums: 
-Goldrushed(2013)
EP:
The Royal Concept EP(2012)
-Royal-EP (2013) 
From: Stockholm, Sweden 
Fun Facts About the Band: 
1. They made a song for Frankinweenie “Lost In You“.
2. “Gimmie Twice” appeared in Movie 43.
3. Their Single “Goldrushed” was featured in FIFA 2013’s soundtrack and in Nascar the game: Inside Line.
4. “On Our Way” was covered by Glee season 5 on the episode “the end of the twerk” (what a surprise;)  
Top Songs

Personal Opinion: 

I don’t know much of this band, because they’re is not much information about them, some friends of mine recommended me this band saying that they sounded a lot like “Phoenix” but had a sort off different vibe too it, they were right about that. I really can’t say anything negative about this band cause they are just starting, I can say this, if you like “Phoenix” you will like this band cause it does have some very nice tunes, two of my favorites are “Goldrushed” and “On Our Way” they have a nice sound to it, check em out. it wouldn’t hurt.
If you find this band interesting and want to see more check them
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If you think I’ve missed something,disagree,agree or wanna add anything, comment!

-Skullky