(Photo by Alex Josephs)
Angelina Torreano forms the core of Citris with guitarist and producer Chris Krasnow. The 24 year old New York natives met in the fertile music scene of Purchase, New York, which has produced such beloved artists as Regina Spektor, Dan Deacon, and Mitski. Together, the pair set Torreano’s searching lyrics to an onslaught of distorted guitars and drums that recall ’90s rock greats like Hole, Garbage and Veruca Salt, as well as contemporaries like Dilly Dally, Bully and Courtney Barnett. Torreano and Krasnow play all the instruments on the album – live, the band is rounded out by drummer Clint Mobley and bassist Gianluca Minucci
This Friday, the band release a reissue of their debut album, Panic in Hampton Bays via New Professor Music. The evocative album title, which juxtaposes anxiety and a holiday getaway, is the central metaphor for this muscular, melodic record. Themes of mental illness, emotional abuse, and the inward search for meaning in the middle of the maelstrom also run throughout.
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of streaming the album for your listening pleasure. But first, this is what singer, guitarist and songwriter Torreano had to say about it.
“Panic In Hampton Bays is about chaos in a calm, luxurious place. One could say, ‘Trouble in Paradise.’ The underlying theme of the album is how one can deal with anxiety and other mental disorders and the journey that is living life with the enemy that can be your own mind, at times. It can be a blessing and a curse. It can be an opportunity to be strong. It can also damage your personal relationships. But ultimately, the people who deal with these issues everyday are some of the smartest, bravest people I know. And they are also a lot of fun. This album should read as fun, challenging, and real. Visceral and cerebral. Hitting all the right spots while being truthful. I don’t view this album as a downer at all, there always seems to be a resolution. And I think that’s what people need to hear now more than ever.”
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