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"LA RECORD LIKES HAIL CITIZEN!"

Hail Citizen EP (self-released)


On Election Day I sat for my first listen of Hail Citizen's debut EP. The band's name felt more than fitting as millions of American citizens ventured out to change history at the polls. This quartet are not trying to reinvent the wheel with their debut, but stick to what they do best--absolutely delicious powerpop. The grossly overlooked genre never really died out. Instead it found a place nestled in the hills just east of Silverlake and Echo Park in the thriving music communities of Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and Glendale. Here is where Hail Citizen nurtured their sound, crafting stand-out tracks such as "Albatross" and "Pockets of Gold." Singer Darryl Blood's earnest voice paired with achingly clever lyrics hold your attention while the genre's signature guitar tone and toe-tapping drum beat instantly make those economic woes melt away. The 4-song offering features one fantastic bubblegum-coated track after another laced with three-part harmonies, catchy melodies, and enough epic power chords to put Fountains of Wayne to shame. You would have to suck helium from three balloons to equal the high you get listening to one of these tracks. America needs more happy tunes right now and Hail Citizen's debut EP has more than enough feel good vibes to fill that void.

--JAX



- from L.A. Record, November 2008


"Live review of HAIL CITIZEN"

A lovely review by a lovely young lady features in the latest installment of the lovely http://www.IsGoodMusic/ blog:


A review of Hail Citizen
Posted By Desiree Garcia

I for one am so tired of all this Emo/Screamo/Twilight soundtrack garbage! Bring back all the real bands, the guitar-influenced rock that has a little bit of country soul. But as B.R.M.C. says, "What ever happened to my rock and roll?" So with everything these days sounding so electric, the organic 1-2-3-4 punch that Hail Citizen embodies is one that tells us the spirit of rock and roll is alive and kicking.

The first time I heard Hail Citizen was at April 3rd's Isgoodmusic.com Presents event at Highland Park's Mr. T's Bowl. They were the opening band and from their first song I was immediately sold. The light guitar riffs and bouncy bass lines put me in a cheerful toe-tapping mood for the rest of the night. I enjoyed the whimsical lyrics and harmonies that make you feel as if you had fizzy-lifting drinks flowing through your ears. I got my hands on their self titled EP and have not stopped listening to it since.

This is one of those bands I could listen to all the way to Coachella. Let me tell you that if you think Hail Citizen is good over the internet, then i strongly urge you to check them out live. They have a good stage presence and welcoming attitude. You can catch the next show at The Landing Party Gallery in Downtown LA April 9th with boxViolet, Name of the Moon, Zaptra, S.A. Bach, and Odd Modern. By the looks of the line up, this is going to be a great show. Keep an open ear out for Hail Citizen because I'm sure we will be seeing more of them in the future.


review and photo by Desiree Garcia

More photos from the show are here, courtesy Anita K. Marto.

- IsGoodMusic.com


Discography

Hail Citizen released their 4-song, self-titled debut EP in October of 2008, all of which can be heard here.

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In the beginning, there was a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Boston with an endless supply of catchy pop/rock songs, an unassuming guitar player from Portland, OR, with some tasteful licks, a bass player from Monrovia, CA, with a flair for the melodic, and a drummer from Ann Arbor, MI, whose style could be both bombastic and restrained.

By early 2008, having played together in a variety of different projects at one time or another, Arthur, John, Darryl and Sebastian formed Hail Citizen. Their inspiration ranged from Wilco, Spoon, Sonic Youth and Harry Nilsson to The Monkees, Robyn Hitchcock, The Kinks and the Velvet Underground.

The chemistry was immediately evident, as the band quickly developed a potent sound that effectively complimented the three-minute power pop song structure, delivering plenty of hooks and memorable choruses in a concise package. While traces of the band's influences can be heard throughout their music, it's never obvious or heavy-handed.

The band had only been together for three months before heading into the studio to cut their self-produced 4-song debut EP. The result is record that captures the exhilaration and freshness of a new band finding its sound while showing a maturity of both songwriting and musicianship usually expected of a band that has been together a few years, not a few months.

For Hail Citizen, it's all about leaving the listener wanting more, of hearing a song and wanting to immediately hear it again.

The same "less-is-more" philosophy informs the band's live performances as well. A typical Hail Citizen set is a dynamic mixture of styles, carefully laid out to build momentum and keep the audience engaged to the end. The enthusiasm and sense of fun they project during a show is infectious.

This is a band that is just starting to realize its potential, and at this early stage in their career, Hail Citizen hold the promise of even greater things in the future.