After the release of their single “Honey” last October, The Citradel’s are set to release their latest LP “Are They Still Here?” All five members decided to camp out in isolation for 5 days and record the album in a 50 year old disused butter factory in rural Victoria. The band chose the space for its emptiness, its history, and wanted to place themselves in an atmosphere where they could do nothing but complete the album.
To some The Citradel’s are one of Melbourne’s most underground psych-rock outfits. “Are They Still Here?” is the band’s sixth full length album in six years and not to mention the three EP’s they released from 2010 – 2013. The band attempts to release as much as they can to keep gigging and stay relevant in the local psych scene.
The Citradel’s in the past have been produced more “drone and roll” tunes complete with fuzz guitar and sitars that induce listeners into a meditative state. The band wears its influences on its sleeve with ‘Are They Still Here’ has a rather electric undertone harking back to classic shoegaze revolutionaries such as Slowdive and Ride, but with an edgier air to it along the lines of spacemen 3.The five piece neo-psych/showgaze/drone have managed to capture fuzzy riff based numbers but also have a few slow burners to bliss out to.
“Are They Still Here?” will be available on vinyl 2nd February 2016 through local psych rock label Psychic Ric Records.