THE ELASTOCITIZENS (as themselves) Formed in 2004 in Toronto by childhood friends, lead singer Steven McCarthy and bassist Jason O’Brien, with a goal to make people dance, The ElastoCitizens have created a huge following on the local music scene. “We set out to create large-scale musical celebrations that would make people feel glad they’re alive,” says McCarthy, “People have really responded to our songs and our size and our style, a total live-music experience. Our whole presentation – numerous vocalists, a kind of modern punk-funk music, and throwback girl-group dancing — has cutting-edge projections and sound. The result is this spirited dance-ability that gets people moving.” The ElastoCitizens’ performances in festivals and concerts (LuminaTO, NxNE, Harbourfront Centre, Dundas Square Indie Fridays) and their recordings (heard on CBC Radio, HBO, Showcase, and on numerous feature films) have earned them a growing fan base. Comparisons to such varied performers as Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have also been made, but The ElastoCitizens are originals in the Canadian music scene with a style not easily categorized. The Elastos are creating their own genre, featuring go-go dancing, multiple singers, grinding guitars, funk-feedback bass lines and aheavy horn section, attracting audiences and critical acclaim along the way. The ElastoCitizens will release their brand new EP at a concert at Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday Sept 15.
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