Citizen King Keeps The Rhythm Steady

Milwaukee-based Citizen King is currently out on the road, touring in support of the group's major-label debut, "Mobile Estates," which has gotten a lift from the first single, "Better Days."

The song features Citizen King's unique mixture of rock, hip-hop, soul, and punk -- and the group says its was that stylish blend that first brought them to the attention of Arrested Development frontman Speech, who produced several cuts on the band's first album, 1995's "Brown Bag."

In an interview with the MTV Radio Network, Citizen King said that the key to being able to mix-up the various styles is all in the rhythm and backbeat, which is usually what the songs emerge from. "A lot of times," explained singer and bassist Matt Sims, "it is the beat that comes first. Or you might get a chorus in your head or something like that, and then you try to make a beat that [fits with] that."

Citizen King will play the next few dates with Local H, and tonight the bands will share stage at the

Chili Pepper in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.