Electric Citizen Live, Cincinnati, 6/19/15
Kelly M. Hudson
It goes like this: Riff, riff, riff, Motherfucking RIFF! And the drums, colliding, cascading, pummeling, and yet always under control, alwa ys pushing the songs to swing, so your head bangs as your ass boogies.
The bass, that sensual throb, that thumping, propulsive and yet underlying bedrock of the songs.
And the voice, oh dear god, that voice: all at once possessing the sultry witchiness of Stevie Nicks combined with that lonesome and paranoid wail of Ozzy from the early 70’s.
This was Electric Citizen in concert.
They did a free show the other night in a nice little cool club in Cincinnati called the Northside Tavern. I have been listening to the Citizen for about a year now and my appreciation of them has steadily risen. The metal world is nearly drowning in stoner/doom/psych bands these days, a lot of them with a female singer, and the Citizen is exactly like these and so many other bands glutting the market and so they should feel stale or boring and yet…and yet…
Seeing them play, hearing the songs as they cascaded over the crowd, I couldn’t help but feel like I was witnessing the cusp of something great to come. It’s like I was there, right before the band went big. And will this band go big? Probably not. They’re a niche band in a niche market, but my fucking god it’s a crime if they don’t at least come to rule that niche or be considered as a part of its upper echelon. I mean, come on. The way the riffs were just pealing from the guitar (and his solos! Damn but Dolan can play!), the way the bass held it all together, the glue that kept the groove, the way the drums were so powerful and yet so melodic, and her voice, oh, her voice.
It truly was like I’d stepped into a lost and forgotten concert from the early 1970’s.
This show was something else. I encourage you to head out and get yourself some Electric Citizen. You can find everything you want at http://electriccitizenband.com/ from a video to links to buy their record and t-shirts and the like. I encourage you to do so. The underground always needs your help.
Electric Citizen is:
Ross Dolan (guitar)
Laura Dolan (vox)
Nick Vogelpohl (bass)
Nate Wagner (drums)