Cinema Prague

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Cinema Prague
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres funk metal
Years active 1986–1998, 2007, 2009–present
Labels Proton
Seeing Ear Records
Associated acts Rice
Mamas Gun Air Ensemble
Members George Kailis
Tim Lowe
Roy Martinez
Past members Rex Horan

Cinema Prague are an Australian funk metal band, formed in Perth in 1986.

Cinema Prague are a band whose combination of humour, funk, thrash and Zappa-esque arrangements made them one of the most entertaining and musically dexterous bands to ever come from Perth. Although the band never reached the international fame of some of their contemporaries, such as Jebediah or Beaverloop, they remain one of the more revered bands in Western Australian musical history and are regularly cited by younger bands as an influence.


Initially formed as a four piece in 1986, when some of the members were still at high school,[1] the band had little success to start with. Kailis went to South Perth Primary School, whilst Lowe and Horan went to Attadale Primary School. Horan went on to Perth Modern School participating in their music programme, whilst Lowe and Kailis attended Applecross Senior High School.

By early 1988, after some member and name shuffling, the three-piece band, Cinema Prague came into existence.[2] In 1990 the band undertook their first tour of the eastern states of Australia. Their debut recording was a cassette-single with the songs "Mushroom Cloud" and "Walking Song", released in November, 1991.[3] It was followed much later by their debut album, Meldatype, which was recorded between 1992 and 1994 and released in March, 1995.[3] The band's next release was a five track EP, ¡Zasph! which was released in November, 1996.[3] Cinema Prague's third album, Nordensort, was released in May, 1998[3] although it was actually recorded in June/July 1995.

In 1997, after returning from Perth following their 'Idiots Crusade' tour of Europe and South Africa they recorded three tracks "We are the Moo Moo", "The Curse of the Shiny Head" and "Bacon and Eggs Part Two" at Poons Head Studio.[4][5] The band's fourth album It's Schnapster, although recorded in 1990, was released in December, 1998[3] whilst the band was in hiatus. Horan having headed to Britain, where he still performs as well as runs musical workshops for under-age offenders in prisons.[6]

Kailis and Lowe played together in various projects, including Rice.[5] They also undertook further studies, with Lowe studying engineering and Kailis studying architecture.[5]

In 2007 they re-formed for a show with a new bassist Roy Martinez (Dave Mann Collective) and a plan was hatched to release the old recordings as part of a new album, Snakes Alive,[5] the band's first in over eight years.[7]

The disc was something we just had. I didn't think we would ever put it out. George would probably tell you we were always goona do it, but I can't say that. It was a little frustrating because it was the best recording we have done and it actually captured the way we sound.

— Tim Lane[5]

Snakes Alive was released on 30 January 2009.[8] In an interview at the time, Kailis indicated that the band was planning to work on the new album.

We’ve actually still got enough material for another couple of albums – songs that were never recorded – there’s no shortage of material.

— George Kailis[9]

In support of the album's release the band gave a number of performances in Perth and Melbourne in early 2009.


  • Rex Horan — bass, vocals (1988–1998)
  • George Kailis — guitar, vocals (1988–1998, 2007, 2009–present)
  • Tim Lowe — drums (1988–1998, 2007, 2009–present)
  • Roy Matinez — bass (2007, 2009–present)



  • Meldatype — Seeing Ear Records (March, 1995)
  • ¡Zasph! — Seeing Ear Records (November, 1996)
  • Nordensost (May, 1998)
  • It's Schnapster (December, 1998)
  • Snakes Alive (30 January 2009)


  • "Mushroom Cloud" / "Walking Song" — Proton (November, 1991) (Cassette single)


  1. ^ "Cinema Prague, Zxspecky, Okioki @ Club Capitol, Perth". 4 September 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Gerard, David (December 1990). "Party Fears" (PDF). Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Spencer, Chris (2007). "Cinema Prague". The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Moonlight Publishing. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Snakes Alive for Cinema Prague". 8 November 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Coufos, Polly (2009-01-25). "Prague Spring". Sunday Times Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  6. ^ "The Berakah Project - Tim Horan". The Berakah Project. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  7. ^ Eliezer, Christie (2007-07-31). "Where has the Time Gone#1: Cinema Prague". Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Cinema Prague @ Railway Hotel 30/01/09". 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  9. ^ Wilde, Sabian (2009-01-31). "Moo Moo renewed". X-Press Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

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