Brits Citizens! played their first overseas show during CMJ. Ten gigs at their count, so I guess they get their 11th for free. As I anticipated, they sounded great, capturing the pop prowess found on their debut album, Here We Are. It's a modern view on the new romantic sound made popular by Roxy Music. That new romantic style bridged the gap between glam and 80s dance pop. Thus, they have a little sexy sexy feeling. They have swagger in their live show, as lead singer Tom Burke took to the Union Pool bar to perform a song.
Like I've said before, CMJ can be a blessing when you can sample new music that could become popular in the future. You bounce from free showcase to free showcase hoping to catch the next big thing. The downside is that the sets are shorts and the crowds aren't really into it, especially on a nice afternoon. Thus, when Citizens! come back, I hope for a real paying crowd.