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Sound Citizen is currently in the studio in anticipation of a late 2008 release.

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SOUND CITZEN is a collaborative effort formed in 2007, featuring one-time members of Dick Dale’s Band, The Step Kings, Subcommittee, MMM, Phuckphace and Sweat, among others. Hailing from Northern New Jersey, and with over a decade of collective touring and recording experience, Sound Citizen began as a sort of workshop, fusing progressive rock with elements of reggae, funk, jazz and electronic music, in an attempt to create music that is as memorable and accessible as it is original and eclectic.

With the dissolution of their band, Subcommittee, in 2007, long time friends and song-writing team Bo Bailey (vocals, keys and trombone) and Shannon Woods (guitar), along with fellow band mate Alex Zox (saxophone), began to search for a rhythm section that not only had great chops but the desire for unbridled collaboration in a creative experiment. Fellow musician in the NY/NJ club scene, drum/percussion teacher and world traveler, Ned Stroh, was a perfect match, whose analytical insight and love of well thought structures juxtaposed beautifully to the original eccentricity and groove-oriented urgency honed by Bailey and Woods in their former band of 14 years. With the addition a Mike Van Tine on bass in the summer of 2007, another long-time friend and colleague of Bailey and Woods in such bands as Drop Thud oops, Phuckphace and the MMM Band, the project reached a new level of musical and improvisational excellence, bringing not only first rate musicianship but a penchant for taking otherwise normal sounds and twisting them to levels rarely seen on bass guitar.
In the spring of 2008, the departure of Zox led the remaining four members to solidify the nucleus of the band as a four piece, and rely on a rotating cast of characters on brass, woodwinds, and keyboards to enhance both the live and the studio experience as needed.

With a formidable collection of material formed in just over a year, Sound Citizen has set out to begin recording and booking live appearances through the remainder of 2008, continuing to write and collaborate in an ensemble that is happily defining itself in a process of endless gestation.