The Movielife Release First Album In 14 Years Today On Rise Records
Rise Records and NY-based rock band The Movielife are excited to announce the release of Cities In Search Of A Heart, the band’s first studio album in 14 years. Serving as the band’s first offering since 2003’s seminal Forty Hour Train Back To Penn, Cities In Search Of A Heart is a record that shows how much the group’s songwriters—vocalist Vinnie Caruana and guitarist Brandon Reilly—have grown over time, and it offers up their most inspired and energized songwriting to date. Whether you’ve loved The Movielife since they were a scrappy Long Island hardcore band in the early 2000s or you’re a recent initiate, it’s difficult not to get caught up in the kinetic energy and lyrical honesty that permeates every note of Cities In Search Of A Heart. The album is now available physically and for streaming and download HERE.
Celebrating the release, the band will be performing an album release show at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY tonight where they will debut its partnership with Greenport Brewing Co. and Monarch Beverage in the form of “Haze Grenade,” an 8.1% ABV double IPA created with the use of 1300 lbs. of grain, 60 lbs. of honey, then double dry-hopped with the addition of Citra and Columbus. For more information on “Haze Grenade,” visit Greenport Brewing Co. HERE. After the album release show, The Movielife will continue to co-headline its current tour with The Early November around the U.S. and Eastern Canada throughout the rest of September and October. A full listing of all the band’s announced tour dates can be found below.
The story of Cities In Search Of A Heart officially began two years ago when, after spending a decade on their own projects—Caruana’s I Am The Avalanche and Reilly’s Nightmare Of You—the duo started playing shows together as The Movielife again. “The two of us became close friends again and we both felt like we had learned so much about songwriting since the early 2000s that we should do another record together,” Caruana recalls, speaking from his home in Brooklyn. “We had a great reaction to our reunion shows in 2014 but felt that instead of keeping it on a purely nostalgic level we wanted to write a record together that people could get into today.” Not wanting to taint the band’s legacy or recycle the past, the duo were faced with the monumental task of figuring out exactly who The Movielife are now, which was no easy task.
Caruana and Reilly initially struggled with writing the record until last year when they had the realization that they simply needed to make a new album that captured the punk spark that had been so prevalent in all of their previous releases. “I knew the tempos had to be up and we had to be energetic because that’s what our shows are like and that element is so important to who we are as a band,” Caruana explains. “I have to admit that the task of making this record seemed slightly impossible in the beginning but I’m so happy that we pushed ourselves so hard because we ended up making a Movielife record that we’re freaking out about and can’t wait to share with the world,” he adds.
Caruana has good reason to be excited. From the driving, melodic rocker “Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel” to the fuzzed-out pop perfection of “Laugh Ourselves To Death” and the orchestrally-tinged acoustic ballad “Pour Two Glasses,” the album shows that The Movielife have crafted a collection of songs that’s as captivating as it is catchy. Lyrically, the album sees Caruana once again writing from the heart, about where he is in his life today and about the current state of the world. “The dichotomy of The Movielife has always been upbeat music combined with sometimes unsettling lyrics and on this record that dark cloud is being addressed throughout the record in different ways,” Caruana says of the album. While lines like “We’re all gonna die, exploding in a ball of fire” from “Laugh Ourselves To Death” may sound nihilistic, it’s more of a reaction to the uncertainty that plagues the world today as interpreted through the band’s unique approach to songwriting. On the flip side, Cities In Search Of A Heart features some of the band’s most hopeful songs to date, keeping the album’s overall sound feel far more inspiring than defeatist.
But ultimately Cities In Search Of A Heart is meant to be listened to, not analyzed, so turn it up because rebirths usually aren’t this catchy. “Calling on the hearts, wear it on the sleeve for all to see,” Caruana sings during the album’s infectious closer “Hearts” and with these words it’s clear that he’s singing as much for himself as he is for the band’s listeners who may not have found their own voices quite yet. This album speaks to those very simple yet relatable attributes of what it means to be human during an unprecedented time in human history, so take it all in and hold on tight.
Headline tour dates listed below:
09/22 - Brooklyn @ Warsaw &
09/23 - Buffalo @ The Waiting Room &
09/24 - Cleveland @ Beachland Ballroom &
09/26 - Chicago @ Bottom Lounge &
09/27 - St. Louis @ Fubar &
09/29 - Dallas @ The Curtain Club &
09/30 - Houston @ Walter’s Downtown &
10/01 - Austin @ Mohawk &
10/03 - Phoenix @ The Rebel Lounge ^
10/04 - W. Hollywood @ Troubadour
10/05 - San Diego @ HOB San Diego + ^
10/06 - Anaheim @ HOB Anaheim ^
10/07 - Berkeley @ Cornerstone
10/09 - Salt Lake City @ Club Sound ^
10/10 - Denver @ Bluebird Theater ^
10/11 - Kansas City @ The Riot Room ^
10/13 - Lansing MI @ The Loft ^
10/14 - Toronto @ Sneaky Dee’s ^
10/26 - Richmond @ Strange Matter %
10/27 - Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle %
10/28 - Jacksonville FL @ 1904 %
10/29 - Gainesville FL @ THE FEST
10/30 - Atlanta @ Masquerade %
11/14 - Southampton (UK) @ Joiners #
11/15 - London (UK) @ Underworld #
11/17 - Bristol (UK) @ Exchange #
11/18 - Leeds (UK) @ Key Club #
11/19 - Liverpool (UK) @ Magnet #
11/20 - Glasgow (UK) @ G2 #
11/21 - Manchester (UK) @ Academy 3 #
+ : The Movielife only
& : Heart Attack Man opening
^ : Racquet Club opening
% : Iron Chic supporting
# : Wallflower supporting