Imaginative Pop with a Disco Swagger Tonight at Music Hall

March 4th, 2013

Influenced by the likes of David Bowie, Michael Jackson and the Flaming Lips, London quintet Citizens! make the kind of shimmery, catchy music that calls to mind Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand. So it should come as no surprise that Franz frontman Alex Kapranos, who’d heard some of the band’s demos, produced their debut album, last year’s Here We Are (stream it below). “There are only three or four bands a decade that really matter. Citizens! sound like one of them to me,” says Kapranos of singer Tom Burke, keyboardist Lawrence Diamond, drummer Michael Evans, bassist Martyn Richmond and guitarist Tom Rhoades. “They do something you haven’t heard before, yet you feel they’ve always been in your life.” Experience just what he’s talking about tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg when Citzens! (above, performing “True Romance” for Converse) come to Brooklyn as part of their North American tour.