Shock Cinema

Hometown band gets revenge in N.Y.

Last June, during a set at Corndogorama, Shock Cinema announced it was moving to Brooklyn, New York. Many of its fans questioned the move, since trying to make it big in New York — and failing — is an old show-business cliché.

More than a year later, Shock Cinema returns to its former home in triumph with a Sept. 28 show at 11:11 Teahouse. The group is signed to Kanine Records, a respected Brooklyn label known for launching bands such as Grizzly Bear to international notoriety. In August it released Our Way Is Revenge, its debut EP for Kanine.

"The EP is for anyone who said we would not succeed moving up here and that we would become lost in the sea of people that try to 'make it in New York.' Well, we did it," says guitarist Autry Fulbright. "Our revenge is this record."

Fulbright's career has improved substantially. He plays bass for Dragons of Zynth, an experimental rock band with its own share of buzz. And he doesn't mind that he left Atlanta just before the rock scene here finally drew national attention. "We have our own musical family up here," he says by phone from New York.

But the Shock Cinema that most Atlantans remember is slowly disappearing. After the move to Brooklyn it lost two members, Ian Cone and Jeff Bowling, leaving just Fulbright and singer Destiny Montague, who replaced original vocalist Jennifer Rehm in February 2006. Miyuki Furtado, who also plays with the Rogers Sisters, became the new drummer. Fulbright is the only founding member left.

Our Way Is Revenge is a snapshot of Shock Cinema's early post-punk repertoire, and was mostly written during the band's Atlanta years. But Fulbright says the band doesn't sound like that anymore. Furtado says the music now incorporates Afro-beat and Neu!-style noise.

"Before we moved up here, we hadn't figured out ... it was always a question of what this band wanted to do," Fulbright says. "I feel that, for now, this is how Shock Cinema is going to be."

Shock Cinema plays w/ Dragons of Zynth and Judi Chicago Fri., Sept. 28. 11:11 Teahouse, 753 Edgewood Ave. 404-521-1911.

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