As You Please

Run For Cover Records

Rating: 4/5




Southern Michigan / Northwest Ohio post-punk act Citizen saw their biggest transformation with the release of their debut full length, Youth.  The band veered towards the Brand New camp with elegance and poise, channeling their best Jesse Lacey impression into something they could comfortably call their own.  The band followed with Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which explored both a heavier, more ominous sound and amidst a clear tweaking of alignment towards Manchester Orchestra.  Now on their third album, As You Please, Citizen makes yet another modest realignment as part of their album-to-album evolution.

This time around, Citizen takes a slight step in the direction of the alt/indie camp, while pivoting towards an emo influenced periphery.  Opener “Jet” kicks off with what serves as a catchy mid-tempo single, bolstered by crunchy but distinct guitars and lulls of subdued vocals to match the artistic choral highs.  The track, which lands somewhere functionally between Able Baker Fox and Prawn, serves as a forceful introduction to the highs and lows embedded within As You Please.  Follow-up “In The Middle Of It All” introduces a complement of Arcade Fire-drawn falsetto vocals, strategically landing with a poet’s tact.  This track embodies a level of elegance that clearly contrasts with the heavier post-punk influences inherent in tracks like “Medicine,” which ooze with raw emotional aptitude.  

Similar stylistic disparities arise between the edgy structure and delivery of tracks like “Fever Days” and the soft, City & Colour-like ambience underlying those like “Discrete Routines.”  Citizen strives to strike balance amidst such sonic diversity, which is reflected in the clear ebb and flow of As You Please’s tracklisting.  The only downfall is that while there is plenty of stylistic variance across the album, tracks emulating similar styles tend to come across collectively familiar in execution.

Overall, Citizen continues to move in a productive direction as As You Please confirms the band’s commitment to stylistic growth with each passing release. As You Please strikes a wise balance between an extrovert offensive and introvert reflection.  Fans of post-punk will enjoy the swelling build up, while the alternative and indie faithful will embrace the structured approach underlying most songs.  

Citizen Share Stripped Down Version Of “Flowerchild”

 CitizenCitizen has premiered a stripped-down version of “Flowerchild,” from their upcoming LP, As You Please.   The live video was recorded in Will Yip’s Studio 4.  The album is out now on Run For Cover Records.

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Sorority Noise Release Video For ‘First Letter From St. Sean’ 

Sorority Noise Winter Tour 17Sorority Noise have just released their new music video for First Letter From St. Sean, the song is taken from the band’s critically acclaimed full length record, You’re Not As _____ As You Think, that was released earlier this year on Triple Crown Records, the album is now available for purchase physically here, digitally via Bandcamp here as well as via the usual digital outlets. Sorority Noise will also be touring this fall with Citizen and Great Grandpa

Tickets for all tour dates can be purchased here

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Sorority Noise Announce US Tour With Citizen And Great Grandpa

Sorority Noise Winter Tour 17Sorority Noise has just announced a full US tour this fall with Citizen and Great Grandpa, tickets will be on sale Friday, August 11th at 12 PM EST. Sorority Noise are touring in support their critically acclaimed record You’re Not As _____ As You Think, that was released earlier this year on Triple Crown Records, the album is now available digitally via Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and Amazon.

You’re Not As _____ As You Think can also be purchased on physical formats here

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Video: Citizen – Jet

CitizenCitizen has premiered a new music video and track.  The track is titled “Jet” and will appear on the upcoming album, As You Please, which is due out on Run For Cover Records on October 6th, 2017.  The band released their latest full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, in June 2015.

Watch the video below.

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Tranquility To Release ‘Sonic Propensity’ EP On July 14th

Tranquility SPTake This To Heart Records have signed Michigan’s Tranquility, to celebrate they have released a Bukowski inspired music video for Tamarack which was directed by Citizen‘s Mat Kerekes. The song is taken from their debut EP, Sonic Propensity, that will be released July 14th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records.

Sonic Propensity can be pre ordered from Take This To Heart Records here

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Something In The Way Festval Announces Inaugural Line Up

sitw-16Run For Cover Records has teamed up with Fred Perry to present the inaugural Something In the Way Festival, set to take place December 14, 2016 in New York City. Featuring performances across all three stages at Webster Hall, the festival takes over the venue for the evening to showcase a wide variety of bands with Run For Cover Records affiliations including Modern Baseball, Nothing, MeWithoutYou, Basement, Citizen, Turnover, Alex G, Elvis Depressedly, Teen Suicide, Nicole Dollanganger and Crying, more special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. A pre-show will be held in Run For Cover‘s hometown of Boston at The Royale on December 13, 2016 featuring Basement, Citizen and Turnover.

Tickets for the Something In the Way Festival along with more information are available here

Video: Mat Kerekes (Citizen) – My Lucky #3

Mat KerekesMat Kerekes, front man of Citizen, has premiered a new solo track and music video.  The track is titled “My Lucky #3” and will appear on his upcoming full-length solo album, Luna & the Wild Blue Everything,which will be released August 26th, 2016. Pre-orders are available here. 

Watch the video below.

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Mat Kerekes Debuts New Music Video For ‘My Lucky #3’

Mat Kerekes LATWBEMat Kerekes, best known as lead singer for Run For Cover Records’ Citizen, has released the music video for My Lucky #3. This is the second single from his upcoming full-length solo album, Luna & the Wild Blue Everything, which will be released August 26th, 2016. Mat will also be hitting the road this fall for an American tour supporting Anthony Green

You can order concert tickets and pre order the album physically and digitally here

The video of My Lucky #3 can be viewed below

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Citizen – Nail In Your Hand

CitizenCitizen has premiered a new unreleased track.  The track is titled “Nail In Your Hand” and will appear on a limited edition flexi disc available with deluxe purchase tickets for their upcoming tour. The band continues to support their latest full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which June 2015 via Run For Cover Records

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Citizen Preview ‘Nail In Your Hand’

CitizenCitizen has premiered a 50 second sample of a new unreleased track.  The track is titled “Nail In Your Hand” and will appear on a limited edition flexi disc available with deluxe purchase tickets for their upcoming tour. The band continues to support their latest full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which June 2015 via Run For Cover Records

Check out the clip here.

Citizen Announce Co-Headline Tour with Turnover (North America)

Citizen and Turnover tour posterCitizen have announced a series of co-headlining North American tour dates with their Run for Cover Records label mates, Turnover. Citizen are out in support of their latest full length Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which dropped this past June.

Support on all dates will be provided by Sorority Noise and Milk Teeth and you can check out the full list of dates below.

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Video: Citizen – Yellow Love

CitizenCitizen has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Yellow Love” from their latest new full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which this past June via Run For Cover Records.  The band last released their 2013 debut full-length Youth.  

Watch the video below.

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Citizen Performs Acoustic Sessions

CitizenCitizen has performed two tracks for the WTSR Underground Sessions.  The performance included acoustic versions of “Ring Of Chain” and “Yellow Love” from their new full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, released back in June via Run For Cover Records.  The band last released their 2013 debut full-length Youth

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Citizen Streams New Full Album

CitizenCitizen has premiered a full stream of their upcoming new full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which is due out on June 23, 2015 via Run For Cover Records.  The band last released their 2013 debut full-length Youth.  

Listen to the new disc here courtesy SPIN.

Citizen – Stain

CitizenCitizen has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Stain” and is due out on their upcoming new full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which is due out on June 23, 2015 via Run For Cover Records.  The band last released their 2013 debut full-length Youth.  

Listen to the new tune here courtesy Noisey.

Citizen – Cement

CitizenCitizen has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Cement” and is due out on their upcoming new full length, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, which is due out on June 23, 2015 via Run For Cover Records.  The band last released their 2013 debut full-length Youth.  

Listen to the new tune here courtesy Noisey.

Citizen Announce Announce New Album

CitizenCitizen has announced plans for a brand new full length.  The disc will be cheerfully titled Everybody Is Going To Heaven and is due out on June 23, 2015 via Run For Cover Records.  The band last released their 2013 debut full-length Youth.  

Album artwork an be viewed here.

Citizen – Silo

CitizenCitizen has debuted a new song.  The track is titled “Silo” and is set to appear on an extremely rare 7″ that will only be available to those attending shows during their upcoming tour with Hostage CalmYou Blew It!, Praise and True Love.  The track marks their first new material since the release of their 2013 debut full-length Youth, available now on Run For Cover Records.  

Listen to the track here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.  “Silo” is currently available for purchase via Bandcamp.  


Tours: Citizen / You Blew It! / Hostage Calm

CitizenMichigan punk band Citizen has added more dates to their Fall tour with new support from You Blew It! and Hostage Calm.    The band will be out supporting their 2013 debut full length, Youth which was put out by Run For Cover Records.

Full tour dates are below.

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Tours: Citizen

CitizenMichigan punk band Citizen have announced a series of tour dates across the US in the Fall.  The band are out supporting their 2013 debut full length, Youth which was put out by Run For Cover Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Diamond Youth Releases Three Song Acoustic EP


Dmiamond YouthBaltimore, MD’s Diamond Youth has released a digital-only acoustic EP featuring three previously-released songs, reworked acoustic and one new acoustic track.  The EP is titled UK OK with proceeds from the sale helping raise money to cover costs for the band’s upcoming UK tour with Citizen and Headroom.  Guitarist Sam Trapkin comments:

“If it was up to us, we’d make everything for free. But tickets to the UK this summer aren’t even like “oh yeah, I could see why it costs that much”. So one option is to disband and cut our losses. Another option is to start a Kickstarter, which is gross. A third option would be to actually make something and sell that, which is what we did.”

Check out the EP here.  Tour listings are below.

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Live Concert Review

The Wonder Years

Live in Calgary (March 14, 2014)

The Den




Standing in the long lineup prior to the sold out show in Calgary from the Greatest Generation tour, I noticed that the average age of attendees appeared to be somewhere in the vicinity of 14, with a surprisingly strong representation from females. This is curious because headliner The Wonder Years’ lyrics express the existential angst of 20 & 30 somethings. But I always welcome youthful enthusiasm and encourage participation in social events, so I entered one of Calgary’s lousiest venues, The UofC’s The Den, with a positive outlook toward the upcoming show.

 The sold out show started at 645 as Modern Baseball took the stage. They played a short 8 song set, which concluded with their newest single, Your Graduation, which naturally received the biggest response. Only about half of the crowd was in the venue for this set, the joys of playing first in the lineup, but those there appeared to enjoy the group, whether they were singing along passionately or simply swaying along with a smile. They were the surprise highlight of the night, translating the songs from their two albums into a live setting well. Jokes about Zach Braff lookalikes, actively engaging the audience and starting discussions about Tubby Dog and Battle of the Bands (which would continue throughout the night) provided some friendly banter during frequent between song guitar tunings.

After a short break, Citizen took the stage. The vocals were often unfortunately buried in the sound mix. You could see him singing, but it was lost in the sound. The crowd engaged well, which was great to see. One can only assume that many of the teens passionately singing along to Citizen had raided their parents’ dusty CD collections and discovered a plethora of great 90s alternative bands. There was a lot of beards and flannel being sported in non-ironic ways in the pit during this set. That may have simply been the result of the fact that all of the 30 something lumberjacks came down from the mountains into Calgary for the show though. The crowd spent a few songs standing completely still, slack jawed as they watched the group alternate between Jimmy Eat World emo melodies and droning feedback. They burned through the songs from Youth with vigor, ending predictably with breakout hit, The Summer. Overall, the set was a wonderful contrast to the happy melodies of Modern Baseball. Both groups pulled off wonderful sets, despite very different musical styles. Those who came in late really missed out on some great music.

The night moved quickly and Real Friends were on stage by 810. They kicked off the set with Floorboards with its’ blend of classic pop punk in the vein of The Movielife and familiar vocals that make it obvious why they’d be touring alongside The Wonder Years. They alternated between upbeat pop punk and sappy sing alongs, which found the suddenly female heavy crowd overpowering the band with their sweet mass melodies. It was an interesting contrast to the grungy sound of Citizen. After the first song, they tried to get the crowd to move back for safety reasons because all of the tiny teen girls at the front were being squished against the stage. While vocalist Dan Lambton was grinning like a maniac between songs, the other guys up front looked almost bored as they played through most of the set. Despite rumours that they are gearing up for a full length release, they stuck to the familiar during the live set. The crowd sang the first minute of I’ve Given Up on You for them, which is always a goosebump inducing happening. They followed the somber song with catchy Late Nights in My Car. Real Friends put on a solid set of throwback pop punk with sappy lyrics that was a natural fit considering the headliner.

I openly admit that whoever was slated to replace Defeater was going to be a hard sell for me. The diverse lineup including relative newcomers on the scene was very exciting and the balance between poppy punk and grittier bands was exciting and refreshing. While Defeater’s absence was understandable, Fireworks were a curious replacement. Maybe they were the only available band when the spot opened up almost last minute? Regardless, they were there and ready to play shortly before 9 to a modest crowd. While there seemed to be a large amount of apathy for their set (many people left to go sit at the tables in the back of the venue), there were definitely some stoked kids right up front singing along to their blend of mediocre 90s radio rock and Fall Out Boy styled emo pop. Arrows received a bit of a positive crowd response, but they left the stage to the crowd chanting for Detroit, which is an odd omission. Sure, they have a new album to promote and their biggest song isn’t really reflective of their sound, but curious all the same. The set went on a little too long for my taste.

That small hiccup was quickly forgotten as The Wonder Years took the stage. Having seen them less than a year ago in the same venue, it was great to welcome them back for a longer set. Dan Campbell’s beard has filled out in the interim, but for the most part it felt like they’d only been here yesterday (in a good way). Since this is the Greatest Generation tour, it makes sense to expect a heavy dose of the newest album, which was fine by me. If you remember, it was one of my favorite albums of 2013. They kicked off the set on a high point with There, There and Passing Through a Screen Door from that album, before looking back to Local Man Ruins Everything and My Life As a Pigeon from Suburbia… They quickly transitioned between songs with minimal banter, demonstrating their growth as a band over the past few years. The crowd was wild and singing along, right from the stage to the shadowy back walls. On You’re Not Salinger. Get Over It the crowd picked up the lyrics so chin up and we’ll drown a little slower repeating it over and over in the latter part of the song. One of the highlights was The Devil in My Bloodstream, which had a pretty piano accompaniment and a heartfelt crowd sing along. Most of the set featured songs from The Greatest Generation, with the occasional inclusion of songs from the previous two albums including crowd favorites Last Semester and Everything I Own Fits in This Backpack from The Upsides.

Campbell precluded Dismantling Summer with a story about their attempt to play every US state. When the venue they were supposed to play in North Dakota cancelled, they went across the river and played in another town. To complete a show in ND, the band announced that they would be heading back across to play a late night acoustic set in a Walmart parking lot. He said that the reason that he was coughing between songs was that they’d played this set in the cold night, finishing with the great line excuse me if I’m sick, but I was being a fucking punk. Before playing the final songs of the set, he asked an audience member to time them for 45 seconds after the set so that they could go puke before returning for the encore. The crowd rallied as they launched into Washington Square Park and Came Out Swinging. Campbell literally swam the audience to the very back of the crowd while singing the latter song before returning back to the stage. They guys visibly gave it their all the entire set and ended on a high note. After a brief reprieve they returned to serenade the crowd out with the slower sounds of I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral.

As a whole, the evening was a great blend of musical styles that simultaneously complemented and contrasted with each other. Each band had their own feverish fan base in attendance, but they all had the entire crowd engaged. It was a wonderful experience. 

Citizen Announce UK Tour

CitizenMichigan punk band Citizen have announced a series of tour dates across the UK in July.

The band are out supporting their 2013 debut full length, Youth which was put out by Run For Cover Records. Support on all dates will come from Baltimore alt rockers Diamond Youth, who themselves have a new EP, Shake, dropping on Feb 4th via Topshelf Records.

You can check out Citizen’s video for How Does it Feel? and full dates below:

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Citizen - Youth



Run For Cover Records

Rating: 3.5/5




For their debut full length, Michigan’s Citizen diverge from their humble pop-punk beginnings to explore a post-punk sound more common to methodical 90’s emo.  While the press has already exhaustedBrand New comparisons, the eclectic thinking that went into Youth boasts compositions with comparable melodic divergence.  Success stems from their emphasis on stimulating their listeners’ curiosity rather than unloading hook upon hook, as convention would dictate.

Youth plays at a ghostly frequency somewhere above a whisper and below a scream. Songs like “Figure You Out” come balanced by haunting moments of vocal clarity and angular guitar.  Mat Kerekes expert transitions between tormented upsurges and solitary reflection make for a mood in constant flux.  In particular, “Sleep” pulses with life – the resulting lyrical emphasis stringing together an evolving melody as steady and natural as a heartbeat.  “The Night I Drove Alone” marks one of the biggest and most successful nods to Daisy-era Brand New.  The first two-thirds of the song channel a masterful level of vocal self-restraint with plenty of luring false starts and short two-chord pairings that make a case for the deafening power of silence; the final half ending in grand style as Kerekes unloads plenty of emotional baggage. 

While Kerekes vocals clearly take the lion’s share of responsibility for Youth’s most impactful moments, it wouldn’t be possible without such targeted guitar work.  Even in the most desolate of backdrops each chord knows its place, waiting its turn as if in a duet with Kerekes.  The carefully inserted upswings in the aforementioned “Sleep” demonstrate this best.  During the most energetic moments, like “Your Head Got Misplaced” and “Sick and Impatient,” simple chords speak with brooding intelligence, holding their ground without succumbing to convention. 

There isn’t quite at the same level of instrumental exploration on all tracks (definite room for growth), but Citizen has clearly done their homework.  Also of note, a few tracks bleed into one another (ie. “The Summer” gets lost in its neighbors), but they tend to fit Youth’s master plan, even if they do feel like a missed opportunity in the moment.

The evolution marking Youth is comparable to that of Title Fight’s departure with Floral Green, or Seahaven’s Ghost EP, but with a more radical transformation.  Citizen proudly boasts their latest form without as much as looking back over their shoulders at their former selves.  Overall, Youth is a confident statement marking Citizen’s formal induction into the ambiguous world of post-punk. 

Man Overboard Mini-Documentary/Tour

Man OverboardMan Overboard and their label, Lost Tape Collective, have teamed up Property of Zack to make a mini-documentary. The video features an inside look at the band and their label’s office, the bands own recording studio and live footage from their 2012 holiday show at the Theater of The Living Arts. 

Lost Tape Collective recently re-released Man Overboard’s debut album Before We Met on CD, LP, Cassette, and digitally. An exclusive vinyl color has been made available at Hot Topic locations nationwide. The band will play The Suppy Nation Tour with The Story So Far, Tonight Alive, Citizen, and The American Scene. There are a limited number of pre-sale and VIP tickets available at Tickets are also available on the band’s official site or directly from the venue’s box office. The band will also be on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer.

Tour dates can be viewed below.  

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Lost Tape Collective Holiday Show 2012 Announced

Lost Tape Collective has dropped details for their annual holiday show.  The event is known as the ‘Lost Tape Collective Holiday Show 2012’ and will features sets from Man Overboard, I Am The Avalanche, Seahaven, Citizen, Daylight and Allan Day.  The special guest and final act are expected to be revealed shortly.

The show will take place Saturday, December 15th at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia.


Tours: Citizen

CItizenToledo, OH’s Citizen have announced plans for a lengthy Fall/Winter tour  in support of their new EP, Young States

The tour starts on September 25 as they open for Aficionado and Mixtapes they will then team up with Such Gold, Mixtapes and Raindance from October 17 through November 3rd.  On November 8, Citizen kicks off their headline tour, featuring support from State Champs and Candy Hearts. The full schedule is below.

Run For Cover Records will release Young States on October 23.  Available on vinyl for the first time, the CD and digital versions will also feature the EP + bonus tracks.

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Citizen and Turnover Stream Upcoming Split 7″

Citizen and Turnover have launched pre-orders for their upcoming four song split 7″ on Run For Cover Records.  Both bands are planning to release their debut full lengths after their joint summer tour later this year.  

Stream the split here.


Run For Cover Records Signs Citizen & Turnover

Citizen and Turnover have signed on with Run For Cover Records.  The bands are set to release a four song split 7″ that will be out later this spring.  Both bands are planning to release their debut full lengths after their joint summer tour later this year.  

A teaser video for the split can be found below.

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