Radio K presents CITIZENS!
Citizens! is a fantastic new band freshly signed to Kitsuné. Five handsome London boys who pen songs with a panoramic view. Warm, welcoming, traditional, as classy as marble… icing on cake they are produced by no one else than Alex Kapranos! Composed by Martyn, Thom, Mike, Lawrence and Tom, Citizens! is a call to arms, a statement, a mark in the sand. Their bold statement is that they reclaim pop cause “Pop is not a dirty word. It’s a holy one.” (Mike)
The melodious vocals and the catchy music are the ingredients of good pop. They treated recording like a game, an experiment. They thought that a band needed to come along with the guts to make imaginative pop music, but to do it with soul and integrity. They asked questions that other bands weren’t asking, and mixed elements they hadn’t heard mixed before. Most importantly they wouldn’t allow themselves to mimic any particular moment from decades past. “It’s us against the world,’ Lawrence says, ‘we make our own rules and we take them very seriously. But it works because we don’t take ourselves seriously while we do it.”
Two brothers, Aaron and Christian Ankrum are the core of Grayshot. Named after Gratiot, Ohio, the town where their grandfather was born, the musicians decided to pay tribute to their family when deciding on a name for the band. Music has always run deep in the Ankrum household as far back as Aaron and Christian can remember. Growing up with their mother as a music teacher and choir director while their father had previously taught theatre and directed musicals, music was second nature to the boys.