Cinemasophia Bio

Artist: Cinemasophia

Members:Elise Steenburgh: vocals, keyboards, samples, John Merchant: vocals, guitar, bass, Jay Ward: vocals, bass, guitar, Landis Wine: vocals, guitar, Dan Cottner: drums

Associated Act : White Laces

Hometown: Richmond, VA / Brooklyn NY

Fun Fact: Drummer Dan created the LBC logo

Years Active:2004-2009

Genre: Shoegaze

Discography: Fits & Cycles (LBC) – digital and CD,  Whole Ghosts CD, Dialectic – CD

RIYL:'90s American boy/girl shoegaze (Swirlies + Lilys), Polvo, MBV, a more subversive version of the Stars or Death Cab for Cutie, and people who dig Slumberland bands.

Bio:Cinemasophia was a top notch indie rock band with all the twists and turns of a world class rollercoaster. In fact, when we at Litt le Black Cloud Records heard the demos for
this release we begged the band to let us put them out.

  • Mathy enough for pop rockers, poppy enough for math rockers, metally enough for ambient rockers, ambient enough for metal rockers
  • Distinctly uninvolved with nu-metal and rap-rock
  • Tracks so hot, the studio caught re on the day we were scheduled to begin recording. No, really.
  • Combined, the band members have one of the most complete mid- to late-‘90s

Merge/Matador/Quarterstick/ rill Jockey/Slumberland/Touch and
Go/Dischord/Kill Rock Stars/Up Records collections on the east coast

What others say
“It’s quite reminiscent of the remarkably multipersonalitied Philadelphia band the
Lilys, but also akin to more recent bands such as Grizzly Bear—both with whom
Cinemasophia have shared the rock stage. It’s a lush, yet loosely woven tapestry of
dream pop, shoegaze, and post rock. In turn, the band can be all warm and fuzzy, robust
and driving, introspective and intimate, fire and dissonant.” – Aquarius Records

 “As a record store owner it can become quite the pain in the ass to describe music as
you exhaust your vocabulary through miles of post-its and as you read record reviews
all day it becomes more di cult to understand what a band sounds like through words.
Cinemasophia is a sonic assault of poly-rhythmic structures, minimal lyrics, satellite
beeps, blah blah blah. is shit is good.” – Relative Theory Blog