There are a modest four citizens in Citizens Here and Abroad: Chris Groves and Chris Wetherell from indie sensation Dealership, and Dan Lowrie and Adrienne Robillard from Secadora. They took their pledges of citizenship sometime after meeting at a 1998 Secadora gig, where Chris G. became disgusted at Dan and Adrienne's zealous patronage of the dive bar's coin-operated mixed-nuts dispenser. The result doesn't sound like a combination of its parent bands. They're less heavy than the Sedora but darker than Dealership, pulling together influences from the Fall, Stereolab, Sonic Youth, and scores of others, yet sounding like none of them. Besides playing bass, Chris G. sings and works a tiny 1982 Casio keyboard, often in tandem with a 1970's Fresno Unified School District xylophone. Adrienne, who also sings, toggles between standard and baritone guitars. Dan's guitar effects are layered, and Chris W. balances steady drums with atmospheric percussion to fill out the sound. With an as-yet-untitled EP scheduled for release this summer, the all-star lineup played Noisepop in February, opened for the Polyphonic Spree in April, and is slated to play live this Friday, May 9, at SF's Hemlock Tavern with Film School.
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