Seldom has there been a more obvious choice for an album-opener than “Careful With That Hat,” a song propelled by a deep groove and swing that practically begs the listener to stand up and air-drum wildly. The vocals soar, the lead guitars catch fire and the mammoth solo (courtesy of guitarist Josh Pollock) builds to an ecstatic explosion. This is the shot across the bow. Citay have arrived on Dream Get Together.
For the first taste of Dream Get Together, check out album opener â€śCareful With that Hat.”
CITAY have not strayed far from home in 2009, playing only about a dozen shows in their home state of California. Just because they have been off the road does not mean the band has not been hard at work. They have been writing and recording new material, as well as compiling tracks for their new release, titled simply, Remixes. Available November 3rd (November 2nd in the UK), this release contains reworkings from their 2007 album Little Kingdom.
From the ambient textures of White Rainbows’ “Eye on Dollar” remix to Cornershop’s Anthony Saffery adding sitar and percussion to “First Fantasy,” these are anything but typical remix rave-ups. These Are Powers’ Brenmar (aka Bill Salas) gives “Moonburn” a playful, skittering treatment, while Black Mountains’ Steve McBean adds his effected vocals to “Former Child” â€“ the end result sounding more like Metallica than like Aphex Twin. While some remixes use the Citay originals as a foundation for embellishments, others simply take the audio as found sounds and source material. Either way, the reinterpretations of Citay’s music on Remixes is surprising and eye-opening. Released on vinyl LP and via digital download, Remixes is the Citay album we never thought we would hear. We are pleased to share an mp3 of White Rainbowâ€™s remix of â€śEye on the Dollar,â€ť which is a subtle and lush reworking of the original, HERE.
Citay also recently did a Luxury Wafers session, where they performed an epic rendition of â€śNice Cuffs.â€ť The video is a nice holdover of the band live and in action, until they tour extensively in 2010 in support of a new LP. Check out the entire Luxury Wafers session HERE.
You can pre-order Citay’s Remixes LP HERE.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a band compared to both Judas Priest and the Allman Brothers in the same breath. But leave it to the duo-lead guitars of Citay to garner such a disparate comparison from the folks at Pandora Internet Radio, speaking of a live session the band recently recorded for TheBayBridged.com’s monthly New, Improved, LIVE series. Listen HERE. A video from the session is below.
“Yes, we are in the middle of recording a new album. It’ll be done in the late summer and out in early 2010 on Dead Oceans. It’s a similar vibe, sort of. Definitely more upbeat, bigger, louder, but still the same themes — soaring guitars and vocals, groovy parts, long-form songs (for the most part) and a generally epic experience,” said Citay bandleader Ezra Feinburg in an accompanying interview HERE.
CITAY were recently featured on the TheBayBridged.com’s new feature, New, Improved, LIVE. The band performed cuts from their self-titled debut and their 2008 Dead Oceans longplayer, Little Kingdon. But the real prize here is the band’s cover of “Set Me Free,” from Sweet’s 1974 album Sweet Fanny Adams. Check out cuts from the session HERE.
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