Golden Cinema’s latest EP, Peachy Keen, lays out three feel-good tracks that encapsulate a familiar country-esque twangy-ness with a power-pop influence. The band’s knack for catchy laid-back hooks rests in their hometown of Prince Edward Island, a charming seaside province located on the eastern coast of Canada. Peachy Keen pulls in a definite blasé attitude (as heard within seconds of track one’s “Peachy Keen”), without losing the edgy stance gathered back together in track three’s “Nostalgia.”
Band members Andy MacDonald (vocals/bass), Derek Ellis (drums) and Chris Robison (guitar/vocals) had all been formerly involved in a handful of early 2000s indie-rock and power-pop bands, playing with popular groups such as Two Hours Traffic, The Danks, North Lakes, and Wildcat. About a decade or so later, Golden Cinema was born and their debut self-titled EP was released in 2016, with singles “Lost at the Movies” and “Sunset Holiday” finding their way onto CBC and satellite radio.
The recording of Peachy Keen was a little bit of a challenge with guitarist/vocalist Chris Robinson being away in Toronto. But with the help of modern technology and professional mixing support, the trio pulled through, and they sound like they’re ready for a full album next.
Our new Peachy Keen EP was recorded over the summer of 2019, with Derek and I recording our parts on Prince Edward Island and Chris recording his guitar and vocals in Toronto. Due to working on a shoestring budget we weren’t all able to be in the same place, which started off feeling like a roadblock but ended up being a fun experiment!
After the basic recording was done we sent the songs to our mixer and long-time pal, Dan Griffin (Teen Ravine, Arkells), who added some killer synths and strings and mixed the hell out of it. Dan Weston, who Chris actually plays on a softball team with, mastered the songs which was exciting because he mixes and masters records for a lot of our favourite Canadian musicans, such as Daniel Romano. We’re thrilled with how the songs turned out and can’t wait to get back to work on more music. Maybe it’s finally time for a full length album!– Golden Cinema