REELS (2016-2021), Golden Cinema’s debut LP, will be released July 23. Available on vinyl and all digital platforms, it compiles the EPs and singles released during the band’s first half decade. Two new tracks, “Dead Ringer” and “Little Sunscreen,” round out the collection.
Golden Cinema’s songs play out like a hazy summer Saturday filmed in Panavision. Like riding shotgun in a convertible on the run, their music is often about recklessly careening toward some place safe. As their name suggests, the band isn’t shy about the fact that they draw inspiration from the golden age of film noir and hardboiled fiction. What started out as sending film recommendations back and forth, eventually led to sharing home recordings for what would become the first Golden Cinema songs.
The band currently collaborates interprovincially. Andy MacDonald (vocals, bass) and Derek Ellis (drums) are based in Prince Edward Island, while Chris Robison (guitars) and Dan Griffin (keys) call Ontario home. Each member cut their chops during the East Coast pop boom of the early 2000s, playing in bands like the Polaris Prize-nominated Two Hours Traffic, Arkells and North Lakes.