City Ri­ots and Gung Ho ready to rock ........................

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - – ROSE SADLEIR

W HEN City Ri­ots be­gan work on their de­but al­bum in a shack by the banks of the Mur­ray River, the mu­sic they cre­ated re­flected their sur­round­ings.

The Ade­laide quar­tet re­leased Sea of Bright Lights in Oc­to­ber, and front­man Ricky Kradolfer says the band spent last sum­mer pen­ning al­most 40 tracks by the river in South Aus­tralia.

‘‘Be­ing there in the sun in the mid­dle of sum­mer leant to the sound and at­mos­phere,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s a sum­mery record. But it’s also nos­tal­gic with a very dreamy qual­ity. It’s soaked in echo and re­verb.

Kradolfer says the un­der­ly­ing ro­man­tic theme of Sea of Bright Lights is es­cap­ing to a bet­ter place.

‘‘Some­one told us that the al­bum trans­ported her back to a sum­mer when she was 16 and met her boyfriend,’’ he says.

‘‘For us, the nos­tal­gic qual­ity was about want­ing to leave (Ade­laide) and go some­where more ex­cit­ing.’’

With the un­der­stand­ing that a band only has one shot at mak­ing a mark with a first al­bum, Kradolfer says is was im­por­tant for Sea of Bright Lights to sound like a City Ri­ots record.

‘‘We put time aside to hone our craft and ex­per­i­ment with sounds,’’ he says.

‘‘We felt we were ma­ture enough and in the right place to cre­ate a unique-sound­ing record. I wanted peo­ple to put the record on and say, ‘that’s City Ri­ots’. I wanted that el­e­ment.’’

Kradolfer says he har­nessed his un­usual voice while mak­ing Sea of Bright Lights.

‘‘My voice is unique in it­self, and I didn’t want to hide it. I wanted to put it at the fore­front to make our sound more dis­tinc­tive,’’ he says.

Kradolfer says the name for the al­bum came from the idea that he wanted a song to con­jure the feel­ing of swim­ming through a sea of bright lights in slow mo­tion.

‘‘I wanted to recre­ate the feel­ing of be­ing un­der­wa­ter. I feel like that’s the sig­na­ture sound of the record,’’ he says.

City Ri­ots, The Lions Chil­dren, Chap­ter 17 and Steph Pick­ett play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, on Satur­day.

City Ri­ots sought out a bet­ter place for their de­but al­bum.

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