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Wednesday 1st May 2019

Electric Citizen // Vodun // Blackwater Holylight

— The Lanes
Welcome heavy psych rockers Electric Citizen!
price: Headfirst Tickets


Snuff Lane and BLG Promotions loudly bring you:

Electric Citizen // Vodun // Blackwater Holylight

Wednesday 1st May
The Lanes, Bristol

Doors: 19:30
Tickets: £10.00 adv. // £12.00 otd.

After bursting from the American heavy rock forefront with their 2014 debut album, Sateen; we welcome heavy psych rockers ELECTRIC CITIZEN for their south-west debut.

Support from heavy, afro, soul possessors VÔDÛN and the heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes of BLACKWATER HOLYLIGHT.


Electric Citizen

Electric Citizen formed on March 21, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bands earliest known shows were actually a twelve date tour with Michigan band Haunted Leather. The band would release a double 7" on September 14 via The Crossing (and later in December a cassette version via Breathe Plastic).[1] A string of fall shows would follow including an after-party slot at Doomslang alongside Stampede and Motherplant.[2] Among the festival appearance was a string of fall shows aside bands such as Oxford Cotton, Valley of the Sun, The Wans and Dirtbag.
The band would be quickly signed by RidingEasy Records(Then known as EasyRider) with the single Light Years Beyond being released on May 20th. The band's debut album Sateen would follow on June 1, 2014 with an official release party in August. Leading up to the album's release the band began to tour much more frequently, sharing the stage with Fu Manchu and The Budos Band over three US tours.
In 2015 the band was announced as part of the Road To Psycho Tour in the Spring with Stoned Jesus and Elder, leading up to their appearance at Psycho California. The band would have new material in the works but in between would also schedule two more tours of the United States in 2015: A full tour with Mondo Drag and Slow Season along with two short tours (One for each coast) alongside Pentagram.
The band's next album Higher Time would see release on May 6, 2016 via RidingEasy. The band hosted a release party in their hometown with Ruby The Hatchet as a special guest.[3]Throughout 2016, Electric Citizen would appear in Europe for the first time with two tours of the continent (Including appearances at Desertfest Belgium, Keep It Low Festival and HRH Doom Vs Stoner Festival) along with a tour with Horisontin the fall that year. Electric Citizenn also plan to tour in early 2017 with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
On 17 April 2018, Electric Citizen have announced that a third album was complete and turned in to Riding Easy, along with announced appearances at Far Out Nashville and Modified Ghost Festival.[4] That summer the band would announce their third album Helltown, set for a 29 September release via RidingEasy along with a tour supporting Monster Magnet that fall.
Front woman Laura Dolan is one of the best in the business, and she sounds fantastic on this recording [“Evil”], wailing over heavy organs and a chugging riff. Electric Citizen have the most breakout potential of all the young bands on this list, and with songs this good, they deserve to blow up.” – Consequence of Sound


Amidst the rushing screams of Mother Earth; the pounding drums of Ouidah; the markets of Lomé and the open heart of Erzulie, there exists:

Born of only 3 comes the embodiment of crushing noise intertwined with enrapturing harmonies...

Ogoun; from a new nation of spirits forged directly in fire, steel and blood - reflecting all the rage, violence and delirium that comes with rebellion. Drums, dancing, and rhythm are offbeat sharp and unforgiving, like the crack of a whip. Ogoun is in love with the noise of battle itself. In salutation, rum is poured on the ground then lit, and as the flames flicker, the beats play on…

Marassa; summons a tidal cacophony with his fingertips that wails and thunders into the resonant mountains. He unleashes the twin spirits within, as the electric swordsman of two halves. A healer and a troublemaker, consuming all in his wake - and spewing forth a divine power.

Oya; stormy emotions and tempestuous circumstances prevail, and Oya is the conductor at the centre of the destruction and chaos. Channelling spirits past and futures unknown - she unleashes the possession in other worldly chants and unearthly melodies. With big and open eyes she breathes, blows up her cheeks, then howls. Oya is the spirit of change, and she makes room for vibrant new growth.

Collectively, we are VŌDŪN, heavy, weird, soulful - yes, we are expectant of the abnormal and so should you be.

Walk with us… Walk with the VŌDŪN!


BlackWater HolyLight

The notion of “heavy music” is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band’s name itself.

The band’s self-titled debut begins with a simple, almost grunge-like riff as a chorus of voices introduce a melodic line in call-and-response until the band kicks in, slowly building into crescendo like a lost outtake from Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. Elsewhere, “Sunrise” begins with a chorus-drenched post-punk groove until a sonic boom of heavily distorted guitar skree erupts out of nowhere. Nearly as suddenly, the song returns to its lulling core, subtly building the tension until it ruptures completely in a blast of noise. Likewise, “Carry Her” establishes a dark, sparse melody and distinctly thin sounding drums not far removed from early work of The Cure.

However, BlackWater HolyLight’s penchant for surprise attack finds a sudden shift into a doom-like dirge, colored with eerie synth notes and pounding shards of fuzz. Throughout the album, their songs shirk traditional verse-chorus-verse structure in favor of fluid, serpentine compositions that move with commanding grace. The band expertly, yet subconsciously, incorporates hints of Chelsea Wolfe, Celebration, Captain Beefheart, The Raincoats, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Jane’s Addiction and more to form their unique brand of dark’n’heavy transcendence.

Event photos for Electric Citizen // Vodun // Blackwater Holylight:

Electric Citizen // Vodun // Blackwater Holylight at The Lanes
Electric Citizen // Vodun // Blackwater Holylight in Bristol 2019

Artist Videos:

Blackwater Holylight - S/T | Official Album Stream | RidingEasy Records

Artist Audio:

electric citizen
Electric Citizen - Burning In Hell - RidingEasy Records
Blackwater Holylight

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