Cinema Hearts at National Cherry Blossom Festival
A short set of photos of Cinema Hearts. These were taken at the National Cherry Blossom Festival which certainly explains all the pink.
Normally I hate to post about the same band too quickly. It makes me feel like I haven't been getting out enough and finding other good bands. I photographed Cinema Hearts last year so I guess this will be an exception. I already reviewed their music too. Short version: It's garagey and it's great.
I decided to post about them again because lead singer Caroline Weinroth is also Miss Mountain Laurel, a local Miss America winner, and if you don't believe me check out the sash. In that role she has been raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I just want to encourage everyone to consider donating to them or to a similar non-profit which raises money for hospitals. All hospitals are facing financial uncertainty this week as our government prepares to vote on another health insurance overhaul. Now would be a really good time to help 'em out a little if you can. Just a thought.
Cinema Hearts at DC9
DC doesn't really have much of a garage rock scene. While there have been attempts to get something going (I recall a "garage showcase" show at Green Island about a year back) there isn't really a community of fans of old-school rock, soul, proto-punk, etc. Too bad, because there are garage bands and some of them, like Cinema Hearts, are really good.
Like many bands these days Cinema Hearts started out as a bedroom recording. So yeah, there's a GarageBand scene in DC but no garage scene. On the plus side at least the bedroom music scene has some diversity, from classic singer-songwriter pop to goth-flavored dance music. Cinema Hearts add a lot to that list: 50's doo-wop on songs like "That Boy" and "Don't You Tell Me". Soulful rock-n-roll edging into Dum Dum Girls territory on "If You Go" and "Our Constellation". Even a WWII-era jazz ballad or two. "I'll Always Be Around" would make a lonely Joe cry, I betcha.