Freedoom is the new single by Citizen Kay. Taken from the Demokracy mini-album released Nov.7 on digital and CD, the mini-album also includes the singles YES!, Raise A Glass and Manage plus four new tracks and Freedoom.
Citizen Kay hasn’t missed a beat since releasing his debut single YES! at the start of 2013. He followed up with two more standout singles, Raise A Glass and the soulful Manage. After releasing singles, touring and reaching audiences around Australia as well as hooking up with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Danny Brown and Public Enemy for tours, Citizen Kay took time out to finish writing some tracks and record them afresh.
Freedoom is a taste of what’s to come. Citizen Kay’s motivations and insights add depth to his words and music – this is how he describes his new single…
“Freedon is a song I’d actually written around the same time as Manage but it was so, so different to anything else I’d ever written around that time because it was inspired so differently to any other track I’d written. I was searching the net pointlessly one day, watching news reports around the world and random videos etc, when I clicked on a news story from America about some gang on gang/black on black shootings that had happened in a local area and how they’d escalated to the point where innocent people were being shot and killed simply because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now being someone that’s lived in Australia for most of my life I’ve always found these things almost un-believable“.
“As I was watching this news documentary there was one guy in particular being interviewed about his thoughts on everything and how the community could better itself and absolutely everything he talked about he used the word “we”. After a bit the reporter picked up on it and asked why he kept saying “we” and if it implied that he had any part of it and he responded with something along the lines of “Yeah, I have a part in it…you have a part in it and everyone on the planet has a part in it”. He went on to explain that these things will never stop until “we” make the true and conscious effort to strive for peace. There were more specifics about black people killing fellow ‘brothers’ as well for the most part of the video and from that I began writing lyrics but doing so from their perspective (particularly the one guy in the interview)”.
“I thought about what he might say if he was the one writing the song and ‘Freedoom’ is what came from it. Its heart-breaking to see any sort of unnecessary violence anywhere or to anyone so although the song really had nothing to specifically do with me, it actually meant a lot more to me that a lot of other songs I’d written and that’s simply because it’s probably one of the only songs I’ve written completely from someone else’s shoes but still somehow, at the same time felt like it could have been me”.
Adding to the explosion of Citizen Kay, he has just been announced as the national support on a string of sold-out Ice Cube shows. You can find the tour dates below.
Catch Citizen Kay on his Demokracy Tour:
Sat 01 Nov – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Fri 07 Nov – Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Sat 08 Nov – Laundry Bar, Melbourne
Fri 21 Nov – Academy, Canberra
Fri 28 Nov – The Roller Den, Sydney
Sat 29 NOV – CoLAB Festival, Oak Lawn, UWA, Nedlands
Tix avail via Ticketmaster
Citizen Kay supports Ice Cube’s National Tour:
Fri 5 Dec – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide – Tickets via http://www.metropolistouring.com
Sat 6 Dec – Forum Theatre, Melbourne – Sold Out
Tue 9 Dec – Forum Theatre, Melbourne – Sold Out
Wed 9 Dec – Eatons Hill, Brisbane
Thur 11 Dec – Enmore Theatre, Sydney – Sold Out
New track Freedoom is taken from the forthcoming mini-album Demokracy, due for release November 7.