What Model Citizens is the brainchild of Brooklynite Alex Musto, who has just released the electro-laced, Ohn E Amas, alongside their newest single, “Felony Heights,” a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer.
What Model Citizens was created towards the end of 2009 as a means of exploring noise and feedback-heavy music grounded by a foundation in synth-rock. The band’s music is best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitars of Gang Of Four with electroclash melodies of The Faint.
2010 saw the release of What Model Citizens semi self-titled debut, OH What Model Citizens We Be, followed shortly by 2011’s You’ve Been Set Up. Both albums defined Musto’s sound as grinding juxtapositions of tender synthesizer tones and heavily distorted guitar that beg ears to dissect the layers of sound while daring hips not to shake to the beat. Gritty and driving, OH What Model Citizens We Be and You’ve Been Set Up introduced Musto’s reverb-laden guitar heavy electronic sound, with a driving tenacity.
Described as a mad-man with a music box wielding and electric anarchist, Ohn E Amas captures Musto’s energetic fury in their third album. Sharp synth punctuations, frenzied beats, and an overbearing sense of paranoia permeate throughout What Model Citizens’ exciting new record. Wild and exhilarating, Ohn E Amas distills Musto’s unique electronic sound to a danceable storm and firmly places What Model Citizens in New York’s post-punk electroclash traditions.