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What Model Citizens / Press

“It is hard for a band in Brooklyn to stand out with gusto, but What Model Citizens seem to be making waves and doing it well. Their dark yet danceable tones are something that is quite out of the ordinary, but nonetheless perfection in its own right. The video for “Too Late,” took a few months to complete, but the end result is a visual masterpiece.”

“What Model Citizens are a breaking band from Brooklyn who seemingly blend together all the right genres of rock music. Their sound is equally as accessible as it is dance-ish and punk. Later this year the group graced our screens with “Too Late,” a hypnotizing video that proves to be brilliant from start to finish with all of its tricks and magic.”

“You know we're big fans of all things weird, and incredibly unique, here, which is why when we first saw Brooklyn-based synth-rock band What Model Citizens' video for "Too Late" we knew we had to share it with everyone. The video is a five minute, incredibly dark, sci-fi clip that involves ... actually, you know what, we don't want to ruin any of it for you. Let's just say there's an accident at the start of the video, after which things get completely insane. "Too Late" is off of What Model Citizens' latest album, Ohn E Amas, which was released earlier this year, and trust us when we say you should watch the video right now.”

“I ended my night by returning to The Painted Lady to catch the What Model Citizens set. This is a solo act with absolutely killer energy and sometimes muted vocal work reminiscent of Wolf Parade, while at other times the vocals turn raw and raspy. It is a brilliant blend of tight electronic beats, fast precise guitar work and constantly mutating vocals. That he could have so much energy for a 2:00 am set speaks volumes of his endurance.”

“This afternoon we proudly premiere the long anticipated video from Brooklyn based What Model Citizens. Their eerie and intriguing video for "Too Late" is released just in time for Halloween. A very fitting piece which includes robots, puppets, you name it, are all involved in this artistic filled video from the electro-punk group.”

“For a while now, What Model Citizens has been on the front lines, trying to push innovative thought further and further. And while they haven’t exactly received the warm welcome that they might expect from the music community, it’s a video like ‘Coming For Me’ that shoes how deeply it’s deserved. Set in a strange world not unlike our own, the video finds Alex Musto running from an emulative fiction that poses inescapable questions. As for the track itself, I love it. Pure and simple, that’s all I really have to say. I love this video, I love this track, I love this band.”

“Happy Monday everybody! I’m about to unleash on you an album so good that it will make it seem that Friday isn’t that far off. Ohn E Amas is post-punk electronica from the vibrant mind of Alex Musto. Having had the opportunity to see him play live, I can only say that he’s got the stuff. Unyielding energy and rocking tunes, complete with catchy beats and choruses. Ohn E Amas captures the weekend stamina and spits it out in musical form, making your hips succumb to shaking and sends your body into convulsions. What Model Citizens are the band you want at your next party, they are THE band to have on your bill, they’ll make you love the moment and ache for it unit you get it again. Alex Musto, I salute you, please keep it coming.”

“The Brooklyn troupe breathea whole new life into the NYC scene with a charismatic blend of punk, indie, indietronica and seemingly everything else in between. What Model Citizens is the brainchild of Alex Musto. The budding musician'ssongwriting is very focused and on point with the sound he is trying to create. The group will be releasing a new video later this fall, something which I'm personally excited about (as you should be too). Recently, I had the chance to chat with frontman Alex Musto, and we talked about all things”

“What Model Citizens are a synth-rock punk outfit who hail from Brooklyn. The creation of songwriter and frontman Alex Musto, the group is closing out 2014 with the highly anticipated video for “Too Late.” The track is taken from What Model Citizens’ newest release, Ohn E Amas, which is out now.”

“What Model Citizens are a burst of electronic sounds on the rise from Brooklyn, NY. The brainchild of Alex Musto, he brings a whole new life to nu-wave and punk, creating a unique mixture of vibrancy that carries a big punch. Launching flawless tracks and videos, such as "Coming For Me," below, Musto describes to us his creative process. This is an inspiring read!”

“What Model Citizens began in 2009 as the project of singer-songwriter Alex Musto. The band has a strong base in synth rock while exploring feedback-heavy music. Its debut, OH What Model Citizens We Be, was released in 2010. The Brooklyn-based band recently released its third album, Ohn E Amas. The 11-track release, along with the band’s prior records, is available for name-your-price download on Bandcamp. The Spec interviewed Musto about What Model Citizens and his direction for the future, read what he had to say below…”

“What Model Citizens is the brainchild of Alex Musto and sits comfortably at the intersection of synth rock and dark electronic music. It’s edgy and nervy but will probably also make you dance. You can check out the song “Too Late” from album Ohn E Amas or the video for “Coming For Me,” which has a delightful dystopian vibe. According to Alex, a video for “Too Late” is coming soon. He says, “With out giving away any of the surprise I’ll just say giant robots and leave it at that!” Plus they have more dates lined up around the city this summer, check out the bandcamp page for more details.”

“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 Alex’s unique electronic sound to a danceable storm and firmly places What Model Citizens in New York’s post-punk electroclash traditions.”

“Most likely to get all the cardio workouts he needs via his intense (and I mean seriously intense) one-man-band show.”

““My first encounters with things vinyl began combing through my father’s collection. Apparently whittled down over the years it was still pretty impressive and consisted mostly of classic rock and the female blues musicians for whom my father had a real affinity. My musical beginnings began mixed between here and the shitty music that was playing on the radio in the late ’90s. I have to admit back then I had pretty terrible taste in music.” “My real awakening began in college when I got that friend who showed me what good music was. I really came alive when I heard The Clash’s London Calling. Things started to make sense after that. The unbridled energy and tension of punk rock really fit in with my high-strung neurotic self. That along with the sublime droning of The Velvet Underground fundamentally reshaped the way I approached music.”

“I always find it incredibly difficult to whittle down my list of favourite bands from five days jammed tight with music. Fundamentally, you’re comparing apples with every conceivable fruit in the orchid. In so doing, I usually ask myself a series of questions: Did the live performance live up to the recordings, or perhaps even surpass them? Am I conjuring the melodies in my head? Did I purchase a digital copy of their album? Am I actually listening to what I’ve purchased? All of these questions help me arrive at a rough selection. I have now managed to pick out thirteen bands that I thought were extraordinary and I’ve put them in a single list for easy reference. I’ve also included a concert picture or two so that you can get a sense of their live presence. I should note that I’ve only included bands that I actually caught live this year. Many other terrific bands played in CMW whose music I love but wasn’t able to fit into my schedule. The low number of Toronto ”

“NYC's What Model Citizens are here to remind us that electroclash never died ya'll, so peep the post-punk electric revivalism of "Coming For Me" here. The Eddie Costas and Steve Nolan video takes you through those keyboard dotted histrionic states and trails from Bizarre Bar, Silent Barn to various other hoods around Brooklyn. Check out more from WMC via their Bandcamp.”

“Describing their sound as "electropunk", What Model Citizens sound like Gary Numan being remixed by Fisherspooner at the height of electroclash. The sounds overlap quite a lot. It's an insistent little monster, not pausing for breath as the beats just keep on coming, ticking along like a pneumatic drill at some points. The energy continues over to b-side 'Acts Of Sound', another track that gets the world of retro electronica, modern electronica, punk and noise-rock and squishes them together into a song-shaped lump. It all feels a bit like a mad head-rush.”

“Alex Musto, the brains behind this operation, put so much ardor into his performance, which to me is a triumph, considering he was surrounded by 7+ guitar pedals, a table of keyboards, and two microphones, one that he manipulated manually using a Korg Kaossilator. Throw in some ominous sounding noisemakers like the Monotron, and the Cacophonator, and you realize Musto is not only a musician, but an evil genius with enough devices to turn the venue into the Technodrome.”

“What do you get when you blend syncopated guitar strikes with fast rhythms and throw in sick electro beats and melodies? Well what you have is the electro-clash sounds of What Model Citizens, a post-punk group, (usually one man), based out of Brooklyn and led by Alex Musto. What Model Citizens is about to kick off a Northeast tour with a stop at The Rockin' Buffalo Saloon on May 4. I had the pleasure of asking Alex some questions before his show on Sunday. Their official site has more tour & band info.”

“Electro sensations, WHAT MODEL CITIZENS, have just premiered the new single, “Felony Heights,” via The Vinyl District earlier this week. The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens has just released the album, Ohn E Amas, to the awaiting ears of fans and critics alike. The electro laced “Felony Heights,” is a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer.”

“WMCs are the electro/synth/pop brain child of frontman Alex Musto. We wrote a little piece on the video for "Coming For Me." It's worth checking out if you haven't seen it (or watching again if you have). Ohn E Amas is a sonic bombardment; Musto is almost a mad scientist, producing squeaks, screams, floods, and crashes, that range from subliminal to overwhelming. Listen to the album on Soundcloud. Zone in and out to it. "Carry Me With You" is my favorite track.”

“Electro sensations, What Model Citizens, have just premiered the new single, “Felony Heights,” via The Vinyl District earlier this week. The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens has just released the album, Ohn E Amas, to the awaiting ears of fans and critics alike. The electro laced “Felony Heights,” is a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer.”

“Electro sensations, WHAT MODEL CITIZENS, have just premiered the new single, “Felony Heights,” via The Vinyl District earlier this week. The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens has just released the album, Ohn E Amas, to the awaiting ears of fans and critics alike. The electro laced “Felony Heights,” is a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer.”

“Electro sensations, WHAT MODEL CITIZENS, have just premiered the new single, “Felony Heights,” via The Vinyl District earlier this week. The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens has just released the album, Ohn E Amas, to the awaiting ears of fans and critics alike. The electro laced “Felony Heights,” is a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer.”

“My pal Alex Musto of What Model Citizens has a new video for the noise-pop song, “Coming for Me." Loud, frenetic and awesome, I envision listening to this the next time I’m getting ready to go out. Also, this video shines. I heart the sci-fi, Twilight Zone vibe.”

“Electro sensations, What Model Citizens, premiere the new single, “Felony Heights.” The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens has just released the album, Ohn E Amas, to the awaiting ears of fans and critics alike. The electro laced “Felony Heights,” is a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer. Described as a mad-man with a music box wielding and electric anarchist sound, Ohn E Ama scaptures captures Musto’s energetic fury in What Model Citizens’ third album. Sharp synth punctuations, frenzied beats, and an overbearing sense of paranoia permeate throughout What Model Citizens’ exciting new record.”

“What Model Citizens dropped the synth pop toast of tardiness, “Too Late,” with word of an appearance at SXSW this year. Being late never felt cooler.”

“Described as a mad-man with a music box wielding and electric anarchist sound, Ohn E Amas captures Musto’s energetic fury in What Model Citizens’ 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.”

“This is hands-down one of the most interesting things I’ve come across musically in a long time. What Model Citizens is a band from Brooklyn that centers around the electro, post-punk vision of Alex Musto. They’ve done a lot of different releases in the past that I unfortunately missed but, gratefully, I’ve found “Coming For Me”, their new single and music video. Mr. Musto described the video and its anxious feel in-depth at Dödselectro, but go ahead and take a look below and be sure to snag that free download further down.”

“What Model Citizens, the project of songwriter Alex Musto, 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 perhaps best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitar of The Gang Of Four with electroclash melodies of The Faint. 2010 saw the release of What Model Citizens debut, semi self-titled, album 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. Coming for Me marks the release of What Model Citizens latest single in advance of a full-length album later this fall. A faster, more”

“Watch out y’all. Here comes Brooklyn’s What Model Citizen‘s brand new, somewhere-between-electro-and-punk junior LP Onh E Amas. An awesome 11 tracks in total will keep this one hot for a while. Enjoy the full album stream below, and you can pick it up at Bandcamp for whatever price you feel like paying.”

“Electroclash outfit, What Model Citizens have released a new video for their latest single, Coming For Me. The project consists of songwriter Alex Musto, and 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 video itself is quite odd and induces a sense of paranoia, but it’s definitely worth a watch and was shot at Bizarre Bar, Silent Barn, and various neighbourhoods around Brooklyn, NY. Coming For Me is the latest single in advance of a full-length album coming out later this fall. You can pick up his latest track along with the rest of his discography on What Model Citizens‘ Bandcamp page.”

“Perhaps, the best way to put a finger on this style - as the single "Sleep, Sleep, Sleep" plays with enough energy to wake a house full of heroin addicts - is simply to say an air of European '70s punk carefully and masterfully balanced against the goth, electric styling of bands like Bauhaus.”

“Musto has perfected an electro-rock style that is actually quite hard to pin down. There's something of a Bowie swagger to his vocal delivery, though Musto's voice is raspier and more snarling. His guitar is generally a fuzzed out, squalling layer of noise underpinned by impossibly catchy drum loops and synth parts. There's a decent amount of noise rock in there, but most of the songs are still almost danceable. I don't know what you call it, but I know I like it.”

“What Model Citizens is a local electro-synth-y indie noise pop band. Did that make sense? 'Cause that's what they are... A convergence of several distinct styles. The brainchild of songwriter Alex Musto, WMC has released a new video for the single "Coming For Me". Effortlessly weird, almost gracefully strange, the video feels like an alternate remake of "Sunglasses at Night" (which I consider to be an awesome video BTW), co-starring The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Keep your eyes peeled for some of my favorite Myrtle J area haunts, Bar Bizarre and Silent Barn. Enjoy!”

“What Model Citizens, the project of songwriter Alex Musto, 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 perhaps best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitar of The Gang Of Four with the electroclash melodies of The Faint. 2010 saw the release of What Model Citizens debut, semi self-titled, album 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. Coming for Me marks the release of What Model Citizens latest single in advance of a full-length album later this fall. A faster, mo”

“What Model Citizens just put out a brand new single "Coming For Me" and it comes with a very cool video. The song has a dark, paranoia-tinged energy, skewing punk and electronic elements into something a bit unsettling but also rousing and even a little fun. The video builds upon the paranoia aspect and does a good job of making industrial Brooklyn areas look almost Orwellian. There are a lot of neat effects used, I particularly like the men with no faces but color lights, and kudos to lead singer Alex Musto for playing so many characters. You can get the track here.”

“What Model Citizens, the project of songwriter Alex Musto, 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 perhaps best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitar of The Gang Of Four with the electroclash melodies of The Faint. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvx5S9DmL0s 2010 saw the release of What Model Citizens debut, semi self-titled, album 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. Photo credit: Nerd Rage Films http://www.whatmodelcitizens.com”

“Though there are countless electronic inspired albums released each year, few are able to defy the genres stereotypes and rise above the crowd with a personalized approach to this oft-heard music. Musto uses his uncanny ability to write the perfect lyric for the moment and his ample guitar chops to not only create deep levels of interest in his writing, but achieving musical personalization at the same time”

“Sonically, San Francisco-based Spiro Agnew is somewhere in-between the fuzzed-out guitar noise rock of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the synth-pop of New Order, a hybrid between reverb-heavy music and electronica. Over the course of 2010, songwriter Alex Musto recorded its debut album “OH What Model Citizens We Be,” a mediation on love, politics, and the fiction in between. After gigging at SXSW, SOTR caught up with Musto via e-mail:”

“What Model Citizens, the project of songwriter Alex Musto, 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 perhaps best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitar of The Gang Of Four with the electroclash melodies of The Faint.2010 saw the release of What Model Citizens debut, semi self-titled, album 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.”

“What Model Citizens, the project of songwriter Alex Musto, 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 perhaps best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitar of The Gang Of Four with the electroclash melodies of The Faint. Coming for Me marks the release of What Model Citizens latest single in advance of a full-length album later this fall. A faster, more aggressive, beat than previous tracks, Coming for Me drives with along with sharp synth punctuations and an overbearing sense of paranoia. Accompanied with a video, shot by Brooklyn film collective Nerd Rage Films, Coming for Me places What Model Citizens firmly in the traditions of New York electroclash. UPCOMING SHOWS: 07/24: Arlene’s Grocery – 95 Stanton St., NYC 08/16: Muchmore’s – 2 Havemeyer, Brooklyn”

“I love the sound of our next artist, who I'm quite sure are a local here in NY but then again I may be wrong. I don't have a ton of information about the band. I do know their name. They are Spiro Agnew named, yes, for the Vice-President of the U.S from the 70s. Great CD called "OH What Model Citizens We Be" was released earlier this year.”

“Layered on top of an upbeat drum machine (running off a lap-top) were vocals that ranged from despondent to angsty, accompanied by distorted, droning guitar and synthetic tones and chimes throughout. Lyrically, Spiro Agnew eschews a distaste for modern culture and sympathy for the helpless individual trapped within.”

“This publication presents another delightful story about an astounding indie band. Meet What Model Citizens as the band works to promote their music to the masses. With an exciting and innovative new sound, music lovers will enjoy what the band has to offer. Check out the full spotlight.”

“What's the meaning behind the band's name? Well Spiro Agnew was at first kind of a hold over from when I used to make a bunch of shrill noise with some friends in college. We used to get together and abuse the hell out of instruments for shits and giggles and one of the names we referred to ourselves as was Spiro Agnew. Those gatherings were never much more the messing around but I held on to the name, resurrecting it for this project. As I wrote the album I began to realize how relevant the name was becoming as the songs really seemed steeped in political concepts.”

“San Francisco’s Spiro Agnew took the stage next donning two laptops, guitar, and an extra keyboard for good measure. The electro drums laid down the beat for the three members to perform over, culminating in some noisy cross section between Depeche Mode, Joy Division, and New Order. They were celebrating the release of a new CD, Oh What Model Citizens We Be on Tough Sluts Records.”

“OH What Model Citizens We Be is angsty and nostalgic. Many tracks are introduced by (and sometimes layered over) audio clips from political rallies and interviews from the 70’s, mostly consisting of diatribes against hippy culture by political figures. Vocals are sung over electronic beats, simple keys, and distorted guitar. The album is at its best when these elements come together in ways that grab the listener’s attention and subsequently expand into emotional payoff. “John Kennedy’s Dead” has compelling tempo changes in-between verses and a more complex beat, and the following track “Guns in Town” has some of the best singing on the album, strangely muted and in contrast to the sharp, swelling sounds of the guitar and keyboard.”