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What I Learned at Bandcamp: What Model Citizens

What Model Citizens, interview, Bandcamp

Photo by Urban Hermit

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…

Tell us a little about yourself…
I do a project called What Model Citizens where I bang on some things, yelp, and try to get people to dance with varying degrees of success.

How long have you been making music?
I’ve been doing What Model Citizens for about five years now. I started the project in San Francisco after another band of mine fell apart. Otherwise, I’ve been making music (or pretending to anyway) for years before that. I spent some time busking on the street where I learned to play guitar. Still not really sure how to do that, but I’m working on it. Soon, I hope.

Who/what are your influences?
For this project, probably my closest influences would be Gang of Four and LCD Soundsystem. Dancing beats and jagged guitars are what I got in spades.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Coming for Me,” I think, is still my current favorite. I really, finally, figured out the sound of What Model Citizens with that song and then distilled it for the album.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’re finishing up a new music video that’s looking really exciting. After that, a new album sometime soon.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Probably go back to film, though I’d hate to see the accident that stopped my music career.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I probably look up most to The Clash. I’d love to have the righteousness, the sound, and the writing talent Joe Strummer has in one of his fingers.

Why do you make music?
Well, mostly I don’t know what I’d do otherwise. There’s a certain unconscious desire I can’t escape.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Uhhhh….. smashing TVs is fun. Stay tuned to see why that’s relevant!…

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