News Archive 2003

In reverse chronological order



Good news for all those stuck for presents this holiday season. The Merchandise section has been updated and you can now add items to a shopping cart at the click of a button.


Cinerama's new John Peel Session will be the first session of 2004 to be transmitted by the program. The date for your diaries is Tuesday 6th Jan and, as always, the show will be on air [on BBC Radio 1] between 10PM and Midnight [GMT]. The band exclusively recorded four tracks at the BBC's studios in Maida Vale, London and these included three new Gedge / Cleave songs together with a cover of the Spiller hit single 'Groovejet' which featured Sophie Ellis Bextor on vocals.

The track listing is: Why Are Nickels Bigger Than Dimes?; Mars Sparkles Down On Me; Always The Quiet; One Groovejet ("If This Ain't Love")

Unfortunately, Cinerama bass player Terry de Castro was unable to make the trip from Los Angeles for the recording, so her place was filled by Sally Crewe [pictured], an old friend of the band, whose own group, "Sally Crewe And The Sudden Moves" ( supported Cinerama in London in October of this year.


Cinerama recorded a brand new session for John Peel on Thurs 27 November at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in London. More news about that [including the transmission date] later. However, before he left the USA to return to the UK for rehearsals, David was interviewed by Liz Riley from the Three Imaginary Girls web site, which is based in Seattle. Read the interview here:


David will be discussing new releases on BBC 6Music's "Round Table" between 6PM and 7PM on Friday 28 November


There has been an unavoidable hold-up in production of "Get Up And Go" (the Cinerama documentary) which means that this DVD will now not be released until 2004. Apologies for the delay. In fact there are no other releases or tours planned for the near future, but the completists among you might be interested to hear that David and his acoustic guitar pop up on "Stuck On AM 4: Live performances from Radio K" a CD compilation released by the Minnesota University radio station. As well as featuring David playing "Careless" in the Radio K studio on 10 October 2002, the CD includes performances from Spoon, Kid Dakota, and Har Mar Superstar, and although we will not be selling this CD from our web site you can visit for further information.

John Peel


Cinerama have now scattered back to their respective homes in Leeds, Seattle, Cologne, Los Angeles and London and are currently working on new songs. They will reconvene once more before the end of the year, however, to record a new Peel Session in December.

Talking of the great man, you can now vote in his annual Festive 50 Poll in one of two ways:

1. By writing your three favourite tracks of the year [in order of preference] on a postcard or the back of an envelope and sending them to: John Peel - Festive 50, Radio 1, Yalding House, 152-156 Great Portland Street, London W1N 6AJ.

2. Online at

There will be no email or phone voting this year. Entries must be received by 30th November and the chart will be aired on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last year Cinerama took the No.2 position and the year before they reached No.3, so, being a great fan of the show, David is hoping that "Don't Touch That Dial" will hit the top spot this year!


Following the recent dates in England and Dublin, Cinerama played their first ever concert in Turkey on Thursday 16 October 2003. The concert, which was held at Istanbul's Manhattan Club, was attended by over four hundred hugely appreciative people and provided a fitting finale to the recent set of live dates.

Cinerama would like to thank everyone who came along to any of the concerts, and hope you all enjoyed it as much as the band... oh, and that you weren't put off by David repeatedly begging everyone to vote for "Don't Touch That Dial" in next month's Festive 50 Poll!


Cinerama release their new single, "Don't Touch That Dial" on October 13th. The single features three brand new songs, along with a bonus CD Rom Video of the "Careless" single from last year's "Torino" album.

John Peel gave the title track it's radio debut during his BBC Radio 1 show on October 2nd and said it reminded him of a Festive 50 No.1. For further information please go to the new release page.


Cinerama have released a follow up to "Cinerama: Live In L.A." which, as before, is only available direct from the band. "Live In Belfast" is a sixteen track CD recorded live at The Belfast Empire on 5 September 2002. For a complete track listing please visit the merchandise area of this site.


Information about the forthcoming UK tour is now available on the Tour Dates pages. The information will be updated as venues and dates are confirmed.


On Friday 19 September 2003, David Gedge will be DJ-ing at "How Does It Feel To Be Loved?" in London. The club is located in The Buffalo Bars [underneath The Famous Cock Tavern / outside Islington & Highbury tube station]. Admission is £3, payable on the door. The club runs from 9 PM until 2 AM but David will be on between 10:30 PM and Midnight.


Cinerama are currently recording a new single in Seattle with Steve Fisk, who produced and mixed The Wedding Present's highly acclaimed "Watusi" album. [] . Halfway through their recent tour of North America, David, Simon, Terry and Kari popped into Steve Albini's studio in Chicago and recorded drums, bass and guitars to three new songs: "Don't Touch That Dial", "On / Off" and "The One That Got Away". Then, in July, Sally and Terry flew out to Seattle to record vocals along with David, who is now mixing the record with Steve. The band are looking at an October release date along with possibly a few accompanying concerts in the United Kingdom.


We've just added some new merchandise to the site, including some funky new t-shirts. You can now also pay for items by PayPal. Just log onto and transfer the funds to including a note of what items you want.


Immediately following the band's recent British tour, a new session was recorded for John Peel's Show and this will be transmitted by BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday 4 June 2003 between 10 PM and Midnight [BST] on 97-99 FM and

For the session Cinerama recorded three new Gedge / Cleave songs, namely "Edinburgh", "Larry's" and "The One That Got Away" together with a cover of Russian, erm, "schoolgirl" "lesbian" duo tATu [pictured]'s UK Number One hit "All The Things She Said".


Cinerama have announced further concert dates in North America. From Saturday 7th June up to and including Saturday 14th June the band will be touring the west coasts of the USA and Canada as special guests of The New Pornographers, featuring Neko Case. From the 14th onwards Cinerama will be headlining their way east, with the last date being Saturday 28th June in New York City. For full details, please visit the tour dates section of this web site. The band will also be playing at the Seattle record shop Sonic Boom in Capitol Hill at 2pm on Saturday 14th June.


Cinerama would like to offer a heart felt apology for the cancellation of their concert at Concorde 2 in Brighton on 30 April. Unfortunately, the power supply to the public address system broke down and the spare power supply that venues usually carry as a matter of course was not available since it was also away being repaired. No alternative power supply could be sourced within the Brighton area. The band considered the possibility of playing on regardless, by using their on-stage monitors and own amplifiers as a makeshift P.A. system [in the same way that the support band, Folk Implosion, did in order to finish their set] but the sound would have been severely impaired. There was also a high chance that the P.A. system used in this way would have deteriorated further. Folk Implosion didn't suffer quite as much from the lack of P.A. because of their more lo-fi and semi-acoustic style.

With all this in mind the band reluctantly decided to cancel the concert in the hope of rescheduling the date. The band members did not take this decision lightly and would like it to be known that this is the first time a Cinerama concert has been cancelled in this way. They were especially disappointed because this would have been the finale to what has been the most successful and enjoyable Cinerama tour so far.

NEW!! We are pleased to announce that the recently cancelled Concorde 2 concert in Brighton has now been rescheduled for Saturday 3 May at the same venue, and, of course, all tickets will be honoured. Please note, however, that this will be an early show. Doors open at 7 PM and the band will be on-stage at 8 PM in order for the concert to be finished before the venue's club night.

There will be no support band, but Shaun Charman, the first Wedding Present drummer, might be DJing!

Anyone unable to make it to this new date will be able to have the original cost of their ticket refunded.


There is a new interview with David on the BBC Norfolk website.


Due to the fact that Cinerama's concert in Brighton is now a co-headline with Lou Barlow's Folk Implosion, the ticket price has been raised to £10. Cinerama wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused.



Cinerama are about to release the follow up to their 2001 Peel Sessions compilation. "John Peel Sessions: Season 2", a twelve track CD on Scopitones will hit the record shops on 28 April 2003.



Cinerama's Brighton concert on 30 April is now a co-headline with Folk Implosion and has been switched from The Pavilion to Concorde 2. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. For a full list of the forthcoming tour's venues, phone numbers, ticket prices and the extensive list of support bands, please visit the tour dates page of this site.


On Monday 24 March, David will be popping into the KEXP [90.3 FM] studios in Seattle, Washington to discuss [and possibly perform] some of the news songs he's been working on during his recent stay in the USA. This broadcast will start at noon [Pacific Time].



Cinerama will be touring Great Britain in April.

The band, who are currently working on new songs have confirmed the following concerts:

25 Aberdeen Lemon Tree as part of the Triptych Music Festival

26 Sheffield Leadmill

27 Stoke Void

28 Norwich Arts Centre

29 London Dingwalls

30 Brighton Pavilion

Further information [including ticket purchasing details] will be added to the tour dates section of this site in the near future. Following these dates, Cinerama will be recording a new session for John Peel's show and hope to tour North America in June.

hit parade


Camden Deluxe Records are re-releasing The Wedding Present's Hit Parade albums in the United Kingdom on 17 February. "The Hit Parade", which compiles the band's twelve hit singles from 1992, comes as a completely remastered double CD and, like Camden's recent releases of "Bizarro" and "Seamonsters", a twelve page booklet. This time the sleeve notes have been written by legendary rock journalist, Everett True.


Cinerama have had their best year ever in John Peel's 2002 Festive Fifty - the annual chart compiled from votes cast by listeners to the veteran BBC presenter's Radio 1 show.

The band managed three entries in all, namely 'Cat Girl Tights' at 39, 'Careless' at 13 and, by claiming the No.2 spot, 'Quick, Before It Melts' has become the highest placed Cinerama track ever, beating 'Health And Efficiency' which reached No.3 in 2001.

The band would like to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to vote for them. Since the last Cinerama concert in San Francisco in October 2002 the band have been working on new songs.