Filed in at 11.40am on 14 May 14
Straight up guitar solos in the vein of Jimmy Page have become a bit tacky these days. It seems fewer people want to hear someone shredding away in favour of this thing that the resurgence of psych has become. Solos are great. Even more than that, solos that get straight to the point and are concise are the best kind. Fortunately, Electric Citizen favour the short and sweet approach in 'Ghost Of Me', a previously unheard B-side of theirs.
Singer, Laura Dolan, wails in a manner akin to The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala and fronts the track like a lady with a ludicrous vocal range can. I managed to get a few words with Laura about some things she thinks and some other stuff.
What are your goals and ambitions for Electric Citizen?
To keep writing and performing our music. Our first album doesn't come out until July 1, but we're already writing the second. A lot more touring is in the works, and we can't wait to play overseas.
I haven't been fortunate enough to catch any of your live performances so how would you describe these to a novice such as myself?
Riff madness and a couple of long hairs.
This may speak volumes of my own ignorance but I can't say that I'm too familiar with Cincinnati's heritage apart from it being the city where The National formed... Do you think that being from the Mid-West brings something special to your music that you wouldn't have from, say, New York or Los Angeles?
There's certainly less distraction and cost living in the Midwest, which gives us more time to devote to music. King Records was formed in Cincinnati, and it’s known as one of the birthplaces of rock n' roll. Despite being smaller city, we have a stellar music scene with really talented musicians -- you have to work very hard to be respected here, and it pushes everyone to be better.
Who would you say have been the biggest influences on your vocal delivery? Personally, I hear a lot of Cedric Bixler-Zavala's delivery which is no easy feat...
Thank you, that's quite a compliment. My influences are all over the place. I grew up singing along to bands from the early 60s, like The Shangri-Las. As I got older my tastes gravitated more towards the late 60s / early 70s rock, and that's a rabbit hole I still haven't reached the end of. I get compared to male vocalist a lot, and I love that because I've always been intrigued by and experimented with how their singing styles translate to a female range.
Who are the band's key influences? Do you take more from specific bands that have their own sound or do you prefer to look at genres as a whole? Or, something completely different?
Our primary influence comes from the heavy rock movement of the early 70s. We have tremendous affection for bands like Pentagram, Hawkwind, Blue Cheer, UFO, Budgie, and of course, Black Sabbath, but we didn't set out to necessarily replicate their sound, we're deeply inspired by it. I believe every movement in music is a build off something else and creativity comes from a perpetual, connected, outside force.
Having just taken a look at the US Hot 100, there certainly isn't an act like you in the top 10 currently. While I know that chart success isn't a firm indicator of musical ability or appreciation, would you say that America's feelings towards Rock music are fading?
No, I think the USA still loves their rock n roll, always will. I mean, sure, everything has it’s cycles through the mainstream, but it’s hard to call it dead or dying considering how many totally rad young rock bands I see hitting the scene.
When/where did you guys meet to form as a band?
Ross and I met Nick and Nate thru the local music scene. We had our first show last March, and had worked for about 6 months prior to that writing and practising the material. Everything comes easy in this band, I think it's because we get along well, like family -- there's good energy here and I think it comes out through the music we write together.
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