Cincinnati natives Electric Citizen are a band who are on the rise. Having only started their career less than a year ago, their new single ‘Light Years Beyond’(which dropped last month) has garnered them attention all around the Internet and it’s not hard to hear why.
The bands collective brand of retro-revivalist rock is a gorgeous throwback to 60s psychedelia and 70s prog-rock. In the past I have shied away from bringers of era’s past — I just find them to same-y and lacking in what made the original so fantastic. But with Electric Citizen, right from the tracks opening few bars; I was hooked.
The single's heavy bass line that cuts in immediately, is paired with equally fuzzy and cut throat riffing that makes for the perfect setting to host Laura Dolon’s vocals. They swim in the murkiness of it all, carrying the infectious melody in a sea of ethereal witchery, that at times hints at controlling some sort of darker power that threatens to rear its head.
And then hits the impeccably timed guitar solo. Its builds in such a cacophony that you can hear elements of Sabbath-esc fuzziness and interjecting tinny cymbals that could easily make this the lovechild of Black Sabbath and The Raconteurs, if the two were to ever have sex. And to top it off, Electric Citizen have encapsulated that old, analogue sound that digital simply cannot do justice.
The singles flip, ‘Ghost Of Me’ reaffirms that the band are not a one trick pony, with the same dark undertones running right through its ferocious guitars; starting off at a speedy pace before slowing down into a murky, despondent wall of noise: wrapped up in an abrupt,vast expanse of silence.
And then that’s just it, there’s only silence. ‘Light Years Beyond’ is a single that I want to listen to over and over again. It’s as infectious as it is modern, and although it is reminiscent of another time, there’s simply no nostalgia involved.
Light Years Beyond is out now via RidingEasy Records.