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“Make Me A Monster” - World’s First Cinema | Review

World’s First Cinema is bringing something unique and powerful to every one of their tracks.

After the huge support for their recently released debut EP ‘Rituals’, and follow-up single ‘The Woods’, which has since received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and found itself placed on Spotify playlists Pop Rock Shot, Future Hits, New Noise, and Rock The World!, as well as Apple Music’s New in Alternative, New in Rock, New Music Daily and New In Pop fast-rising duo World’s First Cinema are back to their best once again with their newest offering ‘Make Me A Monster’.

“Make Me A Monster” packs a punch! It is dark, dramatic, and cinematic. It is a bold and anthemic return that sees them dabble in the more haunted and atmospheric realms of the alt-pop world. The concept driven tracks are absolutely wild. The storytelling ability of this duo is unrivaled. Their musicality blends classical notes of violin with elements of synth and it is revolutionary. John and Fil are setting a new bar for what pop music has the ability to be.

Speaking about the new single, they said, "Make Me A Monster is the beginning of a dark new chapter of World’s First Cinema. It’s the first intimate look into this epic fantasy world that we’re building, brick by brick. The video especially highlights this - witches, druids and monsters coming to life amidst the explosion of strings and cinematic rock is exactly the sort of ritual we pictured our minds."

World’s First Cinema’s origins begin back in 2019, when Fil Thorpe, a founding member of Neck Deep, the multi-award winning rock outfit that also cracked the #2 spot on the US album charts, chose to leave his formative outfit in pursuit of a career in production. Having now relocated to Los Angeles he met John Sinclair, alternatively known as Saint Claire, who had previously collaborated with Macklemore on his 2017 single ‘Excavate’. Between them, they have enough knowledge of the commercial music world to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, but now they are together, they have their heart set on something far more outlandish.

The concept behind World’s First Cinema has always been to create something more than just another throwaway pop record. While they still inhabit this world sonically, their intention is to create bold and cinematic journeys that showcase them as musical adventurers, shaking off expectation and convention in favour of well-spun narratives and Victorian inspired eccentricity.

Starting a new project from the ground up is no easy feat, and to do so during a global pandemic is even worse, but Fil and John are not only determined to head into the new year with bags of material, they are already plotting their next moves. These few introductory offerings are simply Act One of a yet unending saga that they plan to push as far as it will go. Channelling the dark atmosphere and theatrics of Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance, the duo plan to spend the next few years writing, creating, producing, and touring a wave of fascinating material that see them take the idea of the concept release to new and exciting heights, all paying homage to the glittering fanfare of fantasy novels and otherworldly inspirations through a mixture of electrifying production and breath-taking live shows.

“This is the sonic foundation of what’s to come” - World’s First Cinema

Review by Hannah Schneider

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