It gives us enormous pleasure to reveal that New York / Long Island punk rock heroes The Movielife will play Manchester and London this summer. Read what Vinnie Caruana and Brandon Reilly have to say about it all in our exclusive interview.
We've held it in long enough and now it's time to let the cat out of the bag: we can exclusively reveal that recently-reformed punk rock champions The Movielife will hit England for two shows this June. Dates? Right here:
18 - LONDON Electric Ballroom
20 - MANCHESTER Academy II
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday (January 21) at 9am from this link. Doors for both shows will open at 7pm.
In honour of this news, Mischa Pearlman spoke to Vinnie Caruana (lead vocals) and Brandon Reilly (guitar), and tried to coax their five favourite things about the UK out of them. It was harder than we thought it would be…
SO HOW HAS THE REACTION BEEN TO NEWS OF THE REUNION?
Vinnie: “For me, it’s been 100% positive. I haven’t run into any negativity, only extreme excitement. And not just from fans of the band, but from family and friends. Everyone’s really happy that we decided to do this.”
WERE YOU WORRIED THAT WOULDN’T BE THE CASE?
Vinnie: “Not at all! I know that people care about The Movielife so I knew the people who care would respond well.”
HOW HAVE THE PRACTICE SESSIONS BEEN GOING?
Brandon: “Each practice is better than the last!”
Vinnie: “I’m shocked. I’m actually shocked at some the songs the guys are bringing up – because it’s old and it’s a little bit obscure – and it’s like ‘Holy shit! I didn’t even think of that!’ There’s a ton of old songs, songs from before we became a popular band, songs that the die-hards are going to really appreciate, and some people are going to soon realise they’re not as die-hard as they thought because they don’t know them. But we’re across the board and spanning the whole career, so practice is fun!”
Brandon: “I can remember certain parts of songs – like my fingers will just go to the chords and I’m not conscious of it.”
Vinnie: “He’s a lifer. A Movielifer!”
LET’S TALK ABOUT ENGLAND. GIVEN THAT YOU’RE BOTH HUGE ANGLOPHILES, HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT HEADING BACK?
Brandon: “I feel strong to quite strong about it.”
THAT SOUNDS A LITTLE TAME…
Brandon: “I couldn’t be happier! It’s my favourite place in the whole world.”
Vinnie: “I’m happy for us, especially me and Brandon, because I know how English we really are underneath our American skin. But I’m really happy for the people as well. We did a few shows after we broke up, but we definitely never made it over there, so this is important. For the people who care in the UK this is a long time coming and we’re taking it very seriously. We’re going out there with a lot of songs and we made a very conscious decision to not do festivals right away and to make sure that we rewarded people for their patience and make sure that we play a nice long set in a club away from the light of day and in total rock ’n’ roll hours. We wanted to make sure we played a real set, not just a quick festival thing.”
AND WHERE ARE YOU PLAYING?
Vinnie: “We’re playing in London and Manchester. And that’s the best we can do right now. I know there’s going to be people in the very north or in Scotland or Ireland that aren’t going to be happy with that, but when we made the announcement we made it very clear that we’re going to do what we can do when we can do it, and we can squeeze some days in England and are hoping people can travel to those cities because we really can’t do an entire tour right now. There’s a lot of things going on in our personal lives, as far as some our members having children, but we’re doing what we can do!”
BUT NO LIVERPOOL?
Vinnie: “We figure Manchester is close enough.”
Brandon: “Why Liverpool? Why did you ask that?”
Vinnie: “Liverpool is the soccer team I support.”
Brandon: “Oh. We should probably go there. Let’s add Liverpool to that! I think I remember playing Liverpool.”
Vinnie: “We played Liverpool on Easter Sunday and we were all sitting there going ‘Why the fuck are we playing on Easter Sunday?’”
Brandon: “I think the turnout reflected that, if I remember correctly. But we had breakfast at a Beatles-themed restaurant. I don’t know if that narrows it down...”
NOW THAT YOU’RE REMINISCING, TELL US YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORY OF ENGLAND.
Brandon: “For me, the thing that comes up immediately, was sharing a bus with Thursday. That was one of the greatest tours and weeks of my life, hands down.”
Vinnie: “The first time that The Movielife came to the UK we headlined, because…well, we’re not quite sure how that happened, actually, and how it was so successful, but we brought Thursday on tour and they were becoming a massive band in the States but nobody in England knew who they were yet. And it was funny, because we supported Thursday right after that in the States. My fondest memories are Deconstruction Fest at Finsbury Park and our first London headline show at Mean Fiddler, or Astoria 2, or whatever it was. Our first ever headlining show in London was in front of about a thousand people and we literally didn’t know what was going on!”
AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, WHAT FIVE THINGS ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT HEADING BACK OVER HERE?
Brandon: “I’ll give you 25 things! No, let’s do five. A greasy spoon. Now Vinnie goes.”
Vinnie: “Waitrose. Waitrose snacks at the rest stops and services. England has healthy snack options for touring musicians at the services. I’m looking forward to that. What have you got, Brandon?”
Brandon: “Yeah, a gas station sandwich!”
Vinnie: “And I believe Morrissey is coming to the Manchester show.”
Brandon: “Oh my God. Why can’t I think of more than one thing I’m excited about?”
Vinnie: “I’m excited about the feeling of…”
Brandon: “It’s a feeling. That’s what it is! There’s smells.”
Vinnie: “The feeling of the first time we were there and holding a microphone out and it was our first time ever in the country for all of us – for most of us, for ever leaving the United States – and holding the microphone out and the crowd singing along and hearing the accent blew my mind. It really sank in at that moment that we were so far from home and all these people care so much about what we’re doing, and that’s what I most look forward to – holding the microphone out during a song that everyone knows the words to and hearing everyone sing a Movielife song in an accent, because that immediately reminds me of when we wrote these songs and how far we had come. We wrote these songs as teenagers and we’re going to be able to be there really soon singing these songs with everyone. It means a lot to us, because we know we didn’t plan on becoming a band that a lot of people ended up caring about so much, and it’s something we don’t take for granted. Singing with England in England is very special.”
Brandon: “That was beautiful! I completely concur with Vinnie. There’s something that I just can’t put into words about England, which is why I resorted to saying gas station sandwiches, because I just can’t put into words the feeling that I have when I’m in England. I love it.”
So that's that. To recap once more: The Movielife. Manchester and London. June. Tickets on sale this Wednesday.
Oh, and because it's 2015 and they're a band again, The Movielife are all up in the social network game now. Connect with them on Facebook (bit.ly/TheMovielifeNYC), Twitter (@TheMovielifeNYC) and Instagram (@TheMovielife.NYC).