Incorporating a chill, emo style along with quiet aggression, Citizen is a band that fans of indie rock should be on the lookout for, especially if you love your lyrics a bit dark. If you are having trouble painting a picture, think Linkin Park meets Third Eye Blind, and you'll get the idea. But don't be fooled -- Citizen isn't imitating anyone. Instead, they are making a mark of their own on the music industry.
If you live in the U.S. or Canada and want to buy Citizen tickets, then you are definitely in luck. The young rock band will be making stops at such venues as Frankie's in Toledo, Ohio; The Intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan; The National in Richmond, Virginia; the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas; the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre in Montreal, Canada; and The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Canada. UK and European fans hoping to check out Citizen will also get their chance this winter when the band heads over to the Winston in Amsterdam, the Dortmund in Germany and the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.
Some bands find their sound right away, while others might try a few things out before really coming into their own. Citizen falls in the latter part. The group's first release was a pop/punk demo, however they later changed their sound to indie rock.
In 2009, while still in high school, Mat Kerekes, Nick Hamm, Jake Duhaime, Ryland Oehlers and Eric Hamm decided to put their talents together and form the indie rock band Citizen. The Ohio and Michigan natives quickly got busy and released three 7-inch singles and an EP titled "Young States." Their sound can best be described as a combination of emo pop, post-hardcore and chunky indie rock with a Midwestern twist.
In 2012, Citizen signed with Run for Your Cover records, which released the group's first full-length album "Youth" a year later. The album was produced by William Yip. In 2014, the band went on tour to promote their album, and were joined by the bands You Blew It!, Hostage, Praise and True Love. The tour started in September with a show in Toronto and ended in October with a stop in Cleveland. The indie rockers would later release the single "Silo" in 2014 before starting on their second album.
In 2015, Citizen announced that they were going to release their second full-length album, called "Everybody is Going to Heaven." After releasing it that following summer, the album quickly caught on with fans, and even reached number two on the Billboard Vinyl Albums Chart.
Sombre, yet somehow still beautiful, Citizen is able to get the audience to bang their heads in slow-motion unison with tracks such as "Silo." Other songs, like "How Does it Feel," utilise a powerful guitar and fierce drums that drive the beat but don't overpower the vocals. Singer Matt Kerekes knows how to take command of the mic in order to put a spell over the audience with Citizen's quietly aggressive style. Expect to join the rest of the crowd as they dance and sing along to all of the band's hits.
Epic events and incredible deals straight to your inbox.