When done honestly, rock n’ roll can stick with you for a lifetime. It rides shotgun for the entire trip, soundtracking those big moments and memories.
Once you hear a Citizen Zero song, you remember it.
The Detroit rock outfit—Josh LeMay (vocals), Sammy Boller (lead guitar), John Dudley (drums), and Sam Collins (bass)—deliver arena-size anthems fueled by intricate musicianship on their full-length debut album, State of Mind [Wind-up Records]. Striking a balance between edgy grunge attitude a la Stone Temple Pilots and bluesy alternative expanse reminiscent of Kings of Leon, their knack for a hook immediately resonated with a growing national fan base.
Today, the band arrives with their new single, “Go (Let Me Save You)” premiering exclusively on Guitar World. The song builds from an eerie melody into an overpowering refrain punctuated by an incendiary guitar lead and hypnotic vocal. “It’s actually the first song Sammy and I wrote together,” Josh remembers. “It happened right after the Sandy Hook tragedy. I was watching the news, and I couldn’t believe how the cameramen were consciously filming crying parents. It was so wrong. Having gone through tragedy, it made me really angry. I had to say something.”
The single is the first song from the band since they recently announced that they had signed to Wind-up Records. Their new record, State of Mind will arrive late Summer.
Since the release of their first independent EP Life Explodes in 2012, the band has played alongside heavyweights such as Kid Rock, ZZ Top, Halestorm, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, and more. “Life Explodes” would win the Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording” in 2013. As their profile rose regionally, they signed to Wind-up Records in early 2016.
Along the way, they cut State of Mind. The record heralds their arrival with a bang.
“I think the best music comes from the most honest place,” continues Josh. “Being from Detroit, there’s a no fly zone for bullshit. You have to be real, or the people will know. State of Mind is one-hundred percent who we are.”
“Citizen Zero represents the faceless citizen. It’s the everyday person no better than any of us. However, that any one individual can change the world.”
“We can be the Citizen Zero in rock n’ roll,” John leaves off. “We can be the guys who help bring back musicianship and unforgettable live shows.”