The Cinema released their fantastic debut record, My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes, two weeks ago, and Matt Malpass and Leighton Antelman have been kind enough to do a Track-By-Track guide to the record with PropertyOfZack. Today we’re posting the final segment in the feature, so read up and enjoy!
She’s On My Arm Now
Matt: I think the location of where we were when we wrote this one helped bring the big epic feel to it. We were actually in a really cool cabin in the mountains for the final session. We had taken a bunch of my gear from the studio and set it up in the living room of this cabin in front of a huge window looking out into the forest. Everytime I hear this song I think about that cabin, it was just a really great atmosphere to change the pace up.
Leighton : I wrote probably 75% of the vocals for this track up at the cabin we were at. I definitely think recording and living in this epic looking area contribitued a lot to the song. I was staying in this giant room that we turned into a vocal booth. It had a huge window right next to where I would track vocals. Every time I was tracking I could over look this big forest. It was a really cool way to get into another mood.
Matt: I think this is one of the first jamdogs we wrote after we decided to make the cinema a full project. The way we went about writing these songs for a few months was pretty fun. Since Leighton lives in LA and I’m in Atlanta it was a back and forth, I’d start a track here at the studio and normally I’d put down some kind of vocal idea when I sent him the track to give ideas of what sort of things we could do vocally. Most of the time we didn’t use my vocal ideas, because a lot of times they were really silly. On this song, for instance, the first working title was French Toast. Actually I don’t even know if Leighton remembers but the first time I sent him the idea for this song the chorus lyrics were something like “She’s thinking the west coast, I’m thinking of french toast”. Of course that never made it very far :)
Leighton : Haha yep totally forgot about that. We started this track the first session that I was out in Atlanta. I always really liked how this song came out. Matt actually did a few last minute changes to the song, because he’s a sneaky son of bitch, right before it was uploaded to itunes. The first time I actually heard this version was on itunes with the rest of The Cinema fans. Experiencing life together, no big deal.