(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
Cincinnati, Ohio’s ELECTRIC CITIZEN have burst back onto the public radar with several exciting news announcements.
First comes the revelation of a new record’s imminence as “Helltown” will arrive from RidingEasy Records on September 28th. The album’s title has a real, tangible relevance to the band, too – it is the name of the Cincy neighborhood 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 neighborhood of factory workers and immigrants. It is not to be confused with the fictional L..A. neighborhood where actor Robert Blake portrayed a hard-assed Catholic priest, Noah “Hardstep” Rivers, in the Eighties’ Helltown TV series.
In as much as Helltown is an ode to the band’s home and its buried past, it also represents a return to the grittier sound of their 2014 début, Sateen. Furthermore, it marks the return of original bassist Nick Vogelpohl, who rejoins vocalist Laura Dolan, guitarist Ross Dolan and drummer Nate Wagner in ELECTRIC CITIZEN.
Require proof of the above claim? No problem! Dig the gruff hard rock of the new song “Hide It In The Night” we have provided below. Speaking of below, as well as further ELECTRIC CITIZEN news, the band will join Dark Sky Choir as support acts for the recently announced [HERE] MONSTER MAGNET U.S. Tour. Those dates are listed below the audio track.
Helltown will be available on LP, CD and digital download from RidingEasy Records on Sept. 28th; pre-order is active now at THIS LOCATION.
09. Mother’s Little Reject
ELECTRIC CITIZEN On Tour w/ MONSTER MAGNET & DARK SKY CHOIR: