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Citizens United is a compilation album that features bands and artists from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. I (Nicole) am the pivot for this project because all the artists featured are my friends and I pulled the album together.

The inspiration for the album came from emails from my LA based screen writer friend Dave Gebhardt who was driving back and forth from LA to Albuquerque in mid 2012 to visit his mother who was dying of cancer in a hospice there. His meditations on the declining state of American politics, corporate consumer culture, war and American history, love and connection, The Beatles, the aching beauty of the desert landscape, and the death of a loved one were profoundly moving. I suggested we work on a project that captured some of these feeling and ideas, and the result several months later – with a little help from our friends – is Citizens United

It is a diverse album both musically and emotionally. Citizens spans Velvet Underground drone pop, Beatles-esque tunes, glam-rock, folk-rock, cinematic soundscapes, to poignant and darkly funny spoken word meditations on death and American culture.

The title is a reference to the 2010 Citizens United v Federal Election Commission ruling by the United States Supreme Court, which effectively removed restrictions on corporations donating unlimited sums to politicians and governments. The ruling has been highly divisive in American society, and spawned grassroots movements to change the constitution to make it clear that “corporations are not people”. Its a massive undertaking, but more and more State legislatures, starting with Montana are passing resolutions in support of this movement, to try and stem the tide of political corruption, demolition of democracy and concentration of corporate power on a scale not seen since the 1890s ‘robber baron’ oil trusts

Calling the album Citizens United is a way of acknowledging this ongoing USA political struggle (which will have implications around the globe), on a scale and importance of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements of the 60s. But also reclaiming the term as what it should really mean, which is about people – in our case artists – joining together to be good citizens helping each other and supporting democratic ideals and practices.

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released October 21, 2013

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The Dust Revival Band Melbourne, Australia

"The Dust Revival Band incorporate psychedelia, rich vocal harmonies and guitar interplay in a folk rock vein that owes a debt to a wide range of 1960s West Coast pop and garage rock, from the Buffalo Springfield to Crazy Horse, from Creedence Clearwater Revival to The Mamas and The Papas... an intoxicating mixture of country twang, melancholy folk and urban scrawl..” Terrascope.co.uk ... more

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Track Name: Back of a Pepsi Lid
They didn't know what it was
They didn't know what it did
But they entered the competition on the
Back of the Pepsi lid

So how am I looking with my eyes streaked wide?
Sure­footed on the mountain in my Nike cushioned stride
Babes are singing candy down my ear replugged insides
There's a moral in there somewhere, but I can't remember why

An application born for this
An app for you, an app for shit
For spelling out the shopping list
Of all you missed, of all whose kiss
Never touched your lips
Of days piled into your in­tray
That kind of got in the way
Of your ever­present
Sweet nothingness.

They didn't know what it was
They didn't know what it did
But they entered the competition on the
Back of the Pepsi lid
Please accept our sincere apologies
It wasn't him, it wasn't me
It was just someone's parents who couldn't read
And didn't learn from history

You shouldn't let this bother you
Just get a grip, and with a twist of the wrist
Delete the fuck out of everything that
Bothers you.
You shouldn't let this bother you
Just get a grip, and with a twist of the wrist
Delete the fuck out of everything that
Bothers you.
Track Name: Imagine Every Day
Imagine every day of your life
Written in a book
Everybody wants to read it
Wants to take a look

What were you thinking?
Who did you meet?
How did you feel?
What did you believe?
Did she really love you?
Did they understand
What was it like
In such a famous band?

Imagine every day of your life
Written in a book

Songs like a first embrace
That can never be emptied
Of their love
Of such a time and place
She needs to imagine
Even now

Where did they come from
The sounds that you heard?
What were the meanings
Behind every word?

She said she knew
Eleanor Rigby
In real life
Then she read the news just like
A Day in the Life

Songs like a first embrace
That can never be emptied
Of their love
Of such a time and place
She needs to imagine
Even now

Where did they come from
The sounds that you heard?
What were the meanings
Behind every word?
Loves you

(whoo!)

(whoo!)

Loves you my sweet lord.
Track Name: When I Enlisted
Down and down the echoes go
Round and round the waters flow
The sun rang out across the fields
And the guns made the river glow

When I enlisted
And I could hardly stand
When the railway left me here
I slept inside
A tent torn up by wind
And then
The dawn rose slowly
Across my tattooed skin

Down and down the echoes go
Round and round the waters flow
The sun rang out across the fields
And the guns made the river glow

When I enlisted
They gave me guns and beer
And I could hardly stand
When the railway left me here
I slept inside
A tent torn up by wind
And then
The dawn rose slowly
Across my tattooed skin

By the embankment
Leaning on my knee
I waited for the enemy
I could hear
In the richocheting sky
Words I should have wrote you
When I had time.