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Formed in 2015, CITRA is composed of singer/guitarist Brandon Arndt, lead guitarist Augie Menos, bassist Mauricio Jara and drummer Dan Naddy. Based in Colorado, CITRA quickly established themselves as “the premier rock group in the Denver music scene” - Ultra 5280, with gritty guitars, chugging backbeats, and self-assured songwriting.
The band released their first EP, Ocean in January of 2016 a mere three months after their inception. Regarding Ocean, The Prelude Press wrote “Fast, fun and loud, [CITRA] combines guitar driven sounds with soulful melodies to create five unforgettable tracks on their debut EP”.
Early 2017 saw CITRA release two new singles, “Air” and My My Mind” along with their first music video to build on the momentum of Ocean. Colorado publication Bolderbeat described the release as, “Gritty, dirty, edgy, yet catchy, a little grungy, and very original, we expect to hear these guys and their hard work appearing everywhere soon.”
The band's reputation for high-energy and captivating live shows began to spread and they quickly earned slots next to national acts from all over the country such as Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups, A Day To Remember, Greta Van Fleet, X Ambassadors, Sum 41, Circa Survive, The Used, All American Rejects, and Shinedown. In early 2018 CITRA released their sophomore EP Mr. Copacetic to widespread acclaim, winning them 303 Magazine’s “Best Rock Artist” and “Fan-Favorite New Album” along with a nomination for Westword’s “Best Rock Band”.
2020 saw two more singles released, “Ocean”, and “Out of This Place” along with virtual livestreams and socially-distanced performances. Hard times did not slow the band down as they took the well-deserved time off from shows to get back into the studio to write another group of singles, due to be released in early 2022.
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