Rumors of Cinematic Sunrise’s demise have apparently been greatly exaggerated. Publicity for the Southeastern Michigan rock group’s latest run of shows has them pegged as its last-ever, but guitarist Bryan Beeler says that’s not necessarily the case.
“We have no idea what’s going to happen in the future,” says Beeler, who co-founded the group in 2006 with then-Chiodos frontman Craig Owens. “I don’t know that this is the end. We want to leave it open. We don’t want to come out and say we’re done.”
Beeler acknowledges that the five group members “went through awhile of not talking to each other,” which led to animosities that ground the group — which released an EP, “A Coloring Book and Long Playing Record,” in 2008 — to a temporary halt. “We had people talking on behalf of us, to each other,” Beeler notes. “Recently, we started talking without managers, without the record label, and started talking as friends.
“At the very least, I think we got the friendship back from a lot of people. Everyone’s happy and we’re on great terms and we’re having fun.”
“Everyone,” however, only means three-fifths of the group — Owens, Beeler and drummer Marcus VanKirk. Drummer Dave Shapiro and Chiodos keyboardist Bradley Bell are no longer part of Cinematic Sunrise — the latter as part of the fallout of the group’s decision to dismiss Owens in September. Beeler notes that all of the band members “want to focus on other projects they have going;” Owens is working on a solo album and a rumored collaboration with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, who’s also joined Cinematic Sunrise in recent shows.
But, Beeler adds, the band may not be riding off into the sunrise just yet.
“We have songs written,” he says. “We have a new record demoed. Will we ever release it? We don’t know. I’d hate to sit on these songs and have nothing happen to them.
“We’ll see what happens this next weekend. If it’s still fun and we still want to do it, I would not rule out more shows and possibly more recordings. Everything is up in the air.”
Cinematic Sunrise performs Sunday (Dec. 13) at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333.
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