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The City On Film



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Hometown: Chicago, IL (USA)

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The City on Film is the official name of Bob Nanna's solo act. He began solo recordings in 1997 during the off–time between Braid tours. These recordings began to accumulate, and in May 2004 he recorded I'd Rather Be Wine Drunk (his first solo EP) in a Salt Lake City hotel room during a Hey Mercedes tour. Thus far, he has released three EPs, an LP, and a 7" vinyl, and several split EPs.

The City on Film's sound is generally lighter, slower, and more cerebral than that of either Braid or Hey Mercedes. There are several lyrical connections and similarities across all three acts, though (e.g. in Hey Mercedes' "Frowning of a Lifetime", the line the lady's a raven / new Elenora Fagan compares with our baby will be a raven / we'll name her Elenora Fagan from The City on Film's "How a Helicopter Sounds").

Related Bands

Bob Nanna, Braid, Certain People I Know

Reviews

The City on Film / Piglet live in Chicago

The City on Film / Piglet

live in Chicago (2006)

live show

The City On Film In Formal Introduction

The City On Film

In Formal Introduction (2005)

Grand Theft Autumn

The City on Film American Diary

The City on Film

American Diary (2005)

Redder

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