The Movielife are back with a “fucking awesome” new album – and soon we’ll all get to hear it. Vinnie Caruana lets us in on a bit of insider info for ‘Cities In Search Of A Heart’.
Hey Vinnie, it’s day three of Slam Dunk. How’s it all going?
Very pleasant. A day of doing press but also running into everyone I haven’t seen yet. It’s awesome, I know everyone is busy but I’m running into people I toured with 15 years ago or a year ago or worked with, or put records out with. There’s been lots of hugging.
You’ve announced a new The Movielife album is coming this September and so far, all we know is the name.
Pretty soon everyone’s going to hear what it sounds like. I know we’re going to be debuting a song pretty soon. I feel incredibly positive and inspired and rejuvenated and excited. Needless to say, it’s a new chapter for the band, and the record came out fucking awesome. I’m not saying that with any hesitation or any sort of bias whatsoever. I’m not sitting here thinking, ‘Oh I hope they like it. I hope they don’t hate it’, we’re sitting here saying ‘Oh, they’re going to love it”. It took us a while to figure out what the hell The Movielife sounds like now but we did it.
Was there always going to be new music?
We didn’t have a plan beyond let’s play shows because it’s fun. Brandon and I being in the same room together again, travelling together, it almost immediately started feeling like, ‘Why aren’t we holding guitars right now?’ It was just Brandon and I getting in the same room, just writing with no pressure and here we are. The record’s done, which is fucking crazy. The only bumout right now is that we have to wait the whole summer to release it. Starting in the next week or two, we’re going to start letting people listen to some music, and that’s really all that matters. I can say anything; I can say how awesome the record is but as soon as someone presses play on that first The Movielife song they’ve heard in years, that’s all that matters. And I am 100% confident that they’re going to press play on the first song we’re showing people, and they’re going to go ‘Yeah!’ The buildup to the record is going to be a lot of fun. We’re not going to tease people too much, but we want people to hear a song or two leading up to it, to get people excited. Then get on the road for a long time.
A lot has changed in the fourteen years since the last album.
Brandon and I have grown as songwriters, Brandon and I have different things to say. We have different lives, and the world is a lot different. Everyone is used to the older songs, but we put this job on ourselves. We would write twice a week together for about six months. Most of the early stuff we wrote doesn’t have a place on the record. We tossed it out or took some of the good parts, maybe some lyrics or some chord progressions, but we really hit a groove after a while. I want it to be The Movielife but it needs to be current, and it needs to be coming from us right now, musically and lyrically. Musically is one mountain to climb, and we finally got there. We’re still The Movielife; it’s just grown. It’s still got the energy, the melody, that sincerity and earnestness. I don’t know what we are, but whatever we are, it’s got it. So once we hit that groove, we ploughed through and wrote the rest of the record.
The lyrics were the other mountain. Life is different, especially in America. The climate is similar over here, and we’re in it together. That fear and uncertainty is there; it shows itself in the music. The urgency of that fear and uncertainty is probably why this record exists in the first place because life’s too fucking short so let’s make a record. Let’s do exactly what we want to be doing, what we need to be doing, and so, without being overtly political, it’s about finding our own way to navigate what we want to say, under this little black cloud. An outsider watching a The Movielife show must think, ‘Oh, they must be singing about happy things’ because everyone is smiling and it’s melodic, but the catchy melodies have always served as a mask for a lot of negativity. So, to round it out, there’s hope on this record, but there’s also realism, and it’s all coming from a guy who lives in America and is sick to his stomach what half of my country wants it to be.
I’m sick to my stomach every time I’m reminded that Donald Trump is our president and the rest of his team of goons, what they’re trying to do to our country. Making America great again is the exact opposite of what they’re doing. America had gotten so far towards being a progressive place, and we’re just backpedalling. It’s disgusting, and we’re all in it together. We need to bring the positivity. All the good guys need to find each other and let it be known; I want to scream from a mountaintop that this isn’t us. This isn’t me. Me and my friends, my peers and everyone else across the country, we don’t feel defeated. We feel energised to fucking act. They want this shift in the new world order, and we need to fight it as hard as we can. And be inspired by it.
Taken from the July issue of Upset, out next week.