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