Put Your Records On: What Model Citizens


At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level. This feature will be regularly occurring on our website, so make sure to check back often.

What Model Citizens “Too Late”: http://vimeo.com/100473479

Today we sit down with Alex Musto, the frontman of New York based What Model Citizens, that have been breaking onto the scene in a big way. As of recent the group have released their new video for “Too Late” which combines both haunting and intriguing elements.

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you. What made them so influential to you? When did you first discover them? How did they help form the music you play today?

I’d say, in a mix of albums and artists, that The Clash (and specifically London Calling), The Handsome Furs, and Gang of Four’s Entertainment have probably had the most influence on what I create for What Model Citizens. Growing up in the DC area I was exposed to punk, albeit mostly hardcore, very early. I was aware of the Clash and Gang of Four early but I’d say it wasn’t until college that I really started to get into them. Handsome Furs I wouldn’t discover, obviously, till much later when I saw them play in San Francisco. I had been invited to hang out and interview the opener of the show, a local SF act, for a blog I was writing for and stuck around to watch their show. It was a real epiphany moment for me when I said this is what I’m going to do guitar, drum machine, and synth. After that the politics and power of The Clash, raw emotion and jagged edges of Gang of Four, and electronic beats and synths fused together for me to assemble the What Model Citizens sound.

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