Video of the Day: Making Movies - Hangover Blues
This video gives you an idea of what this year has been like for Making Movies. They have had a busy year as a band already. After recording their Aguardiente 7”/EP this spring they went on to open for bands like Fun and Neon Indian at our own Middle of the Map Fest. As you can see from the video they have played shows of all sizes this summer be it something more intimate or even a big amphitheater show put on by Red Bull. They are also a band that is willing to cut loose and not take themselves too seriously. The band is on their way up to CMJ in a few weeks as part of our annual party with our buds Mecca Lecca! Catch them on one of their upcoming fall tour dates:
10/4 Columbia, MO - The Bridge
10/11 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
10/12 North Liberty, IA - The Palms
10/13 St. Louis, MO - Plush w/Los Lobos
10/14 Dayton, OH - Blind Bob’s
10/16 Brooklyn, NY - The Rockshop / Mecca Lecca & The Record Machine CMJ Party
10/20 Burtonsville, MD - Blue Beetle Rock Bar
10/26 Kansas City, MO - Recordbar / Dia de lost Muertos Party
Also as a special Pre- CMJ gift to you are we are allowing you to download the Aguardiente EP for free with the widget below. Please tell your friends about this because it will only last for the next month.
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Making Movies - “Aguardiente” (EP)
The Record Machine
If a friendly bartender offers you a shot of aguardiente, brace yourself. The clear liquid might look like plain old vodka, but it has a kick that can knock the boots off the uninitiated.
That’s obviously the idea behind Kansas City’s Making Movies on its new EP, which takes its title from the “fire water” that shows up in many variants throughout Latin America. The band’s combination of traditional Latin rhythms and chord structures might sound familiar at first — until it hits your ear with a left jab from another musical world.
The genre of rock en español is as varied as rock itself, pulling elements from any number of musical traditions. Making Movies founders Enrique and Diego Chi are from Panama, but the band’s sound draws from other corners of the globe.
Opening track “Cuna De Vida” (“Cradle of Life”) starts with a pretty, recorder-like whistle recalling the Beatles’ “Fool on the Hill,” before jangly guitars and airy drums join falsetto vocals for a light, cheery slice of indie pop propelled by athletic percussion from Juan-Carlos Chaurand. You’ll be whistling it for the rest of the day.
“Hangover Blues” recalls a Cuban dance hall merged with blasts of scabby guitar straight out of Sonic Youth’s “Daydream Nation” as if reinterpreted by Carlos Santana. “Sirena” shows off Enrique’s subtle vocal stylings as he narrates a fever dream to his siren after a sleepless night.
“Twenty Years” is a stripped-down affair of vocals, guitar and conga that builds into a cheery, sleepy sing-along.
“Aguardiente’s” bilingual lyrics cleverly mimic the music’s bridging between cultures, and its solid, unshowy musicianship makes for an impressive listen. It’s safe to say there’s no other band in town that sounds exactly like Making Movies.
Part two of Making Movies on the Chevy Music Showcase
Video of the Day part 2: Making Movies interview
In addition to filming the song live The Chevy Musicshowcase also had our good buddies Maps for Travelers sit down with Making Movies for an interview. Hear them talking about where their sound comes from and writing their lyrics in Spainish.
Video of the Day part 1: Making Movies - Sirena
So our new friends The Chevy Music Showcase started up a local music showcase series for Kansas City bands. They were sweet enough to invite Making Movies to record their song Sirena off their Aguardiente EP. This has been one of our favorite songs we have released this year and does a good job of showing why there is a lot of cool things going on with this band.
Song of the Day: Making Movies - Hangover Blues
If you are not familiar with the band Making Movies you will be in the near future.The new ep Aguardiente showcases the band’s use Afro-Latino rhythms but also finds the bi-lingual band experimenting with vocal loops and expansive textures intermixed alongside Montunos, Bata grooves, Puerto Rican Cuatro riffs and Bembe bell patterns. This latest single Hangover Blues does a good job of crossing the gap between their strengths in latin pop and indie rock. They have spent the last year opening for acts like Fun, Neon Indian, Ozomatli, Los Lobos and Mariachi El Bronx.
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Video of the Day: Making Movies - Cuna De Vida
Here is Making Movies playing the A-Side of their upcoming 7” at Middle of the Map Fest last month.
Middle of the Map Fest Highlight Reel
Middle of the Map Fest was a such a blast. We had a great time and all of the bands did a fantastic job. We are excited to share this highlight reel cut from footage from The Musicians Network. They shot a ton of the festival and will be releasing more videos in coming weeks.
Making Movies - Hangover Blues
Here is a new song from Making Movies that we shot as part of our promo series for Middle of the Map Fest. We weren’t able to get it before the fest happened but we are excited to show off one of their new songs from their upcoming 7” we are releasing.
Making Movies - We Are Young (fun. cover)
Here is our latest signing Making Movies taking on a cover of the #1 hit We Are Young as part of our Middle of the Map Fest video series. It is the biggest departure from the other videos in the group.