• electric citizen Helltown (LP, £19.95)

    The third album by Electric Citizen is, in many ways, a homecoming. While the title may seem fittingly metal (if not exceedingly so), it actually has real relevanc: Helltown, while also multidimensional, is named after the Cincinnati, OH, neighbourhood in which the band lives, practices, and where the album was written, recorded and mixed. Now known more prosaically as Northside, Helltown earned its name in the 1800s due to its reputation for rowdy taverns frequented by the neighbourhood of factory workers and immigrants. Inasmuch as this album is an ode to the bandís home and its buried past, it also represents a return to the grittier sound of their 2014 debut, Sateen. Furthermore, it marks the return of original bassist Nick Vogelpohl, who rejoins vocalist Laura Dolan, guitarist Ross Dolan and drummer Nate Wagner. Itís a fun, tough, dirty rock Ďní roll album. The bandís 2016 album Higher Time was an expansive and somewhat cleaner effort mixed by Black Keys engineer Collin Dupuis. It was a landmark moment for the band earning considerable press praiseó Consequence Of Sound named it in the 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 with ďthe most breakout potential of all the young bands on this list.Ē And the bandís endless touring since the first album earned them stints opening for acts like Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Fu Manchu, Budos Band and Wolfmother. What sets Electric Citizen apart from contemporary heavy counterparts is their songwriting. The band writes concise, three-minute, heavy rock songs. While others might now be following suit, when they started, most bands of their ilk were content writing drawn-out slow doom dirges. Regardless, none can deliver quite like Electric Citizen: Laura Dolanís captivating star-power, Ross Dolanís perfect tone and riffs, Wagnerís pugilistic and swinging beats, glued together by Vogelpohlís gliding bass lines. Tracks: 1. Heart Attack 2. Hide It In The Night 3. Cold Blooded Blue 4. Father Time 5. Ripper 6. The Pawn 7. New Earth 8. Lunch 9. Mother's Little Reject

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