Run For Cover Records will release Young States, the debut EP from Ohio/Michigan indie rockers Citizen on October 23. The EP, a follow up to this spring’s split with Virginia Beach’s Turnover, shows a measure of growth for a band who effortlessly blurs the lines between post-hardcore and emo, reinvigorating time tested sounds with Midwestern flare.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Citizen’s Mat Kerekes as he prepared for a vigorous fall and winter routing to ask about his favorite record, New Found Glory’s major label debut Sticks and Stones. Here is what he said about it…
What is your favorite album?
Sticks and Stones
Do you remember when you received or purchased the album?
Yes, I was on my way to Canada for a family reunion when I heard a single from it on the radio. I bought the album later that night.
What is your favorite song on the album?
“Never Give Up.”
What is it about the song that resonates with you?
It has a good meaning and it’s a catchy song.
Have you ever covered a song from the album?
I have not.
What is it about the album that makes it stand out against the band’s other output?
I think that it stands out because they matured their sound up a bit since the self titled album they put out prior to it. It’s still New Found Glory but you can tell they tried new things and I think that’s great.
Have you ever given a copy of this record to anyone? What were the circumstances?
I have not.
Which of the records that you’ve performed on is your favorite?
The split EP with Turnover that we just put out.
What is your favorite song on the album and why?
“I’m Sick of Waiting” because it’s very personal and I enjoy singing it.
(Catch Citizen at one of these dates:
Citizen w/ Aficionado and Mixtapes (Support)
Thu Sept 27th Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
Fri Sept 28th St Louis, MO @ Cicero’s
Sat Sept 29th Tulsa, OK @ Eclipse
Sun Sept 30th Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Mon Oct 1st El Paso, TX @ Open Gate Church
Tues Oct 2nd Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
Wed Oct 3rd Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Underground
Thu Oct 4th San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
Fri Oct 5th Tijuanaja, Mexico @ You Revolution
Sat Oct 6th Pomona, CA @ Aladdin Jr’s
Sun Oct 7th Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth
Mon Oct 8th San Jose, CA @ Musik INC
Tues Oct 9th Reno, NV @ Fort Ryland 2000
Wed Oct 10th Portland, OR @ Minus World
Thur Oct 11th Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
Fri Oct 12th Boise, ID @ The Venue
Sat Oct 13th Ogden, UT @ Mojo’s
Sun Oct 14th Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Tues Oct 16th Chicago IL @ SubT
Citizen w / Such Gold, Mixtapes and Raindance (support)
Wed, Oct 17th Altoona, PA @ VFW Fort Apache
Thur Oct 18th Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
Fri Oct 19th Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Sat Oct 20th Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon ( w PBC)
Sun Oct 21st Garden City NY @ Ethical Humane Society ( w Transit)
Mon Oct 22nd Washington D.C @ Ras Hall
Wed Oct 24th Greensboro, NC @ Green Street Music Hall
Thur Oct 25th Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Fri Oct 26th Melbourne, FL @ Black Box Studio
Sat Oct 27th Gainesville, FL @ THE FEST 11 @ The Atlantic
Sun Oct 28th Nashville, TN @ Rocket Town (headline show small room)
Tues Oct 30th Ft Wright, KY @ Shimmers Ballroom
Wed Oct 31st Louisville, KY @ Spinellis Pizza
Thur Nov 1st Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
Friday Nov 2nd Toledo, OH @ Micky Finn’s
Sat Nov 3rd Lansing, MI @ The Loft
Citizen w State Champs, Candy Hearts (headline)
Thur Nov 8th St Catherine, ON @ TBA
Fri Nov 9th Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
Sat Nov 10th Ottawa, ON @ Pressed
Mon Nov 12th Montreal, QB @ L’ESCO
Tues Nov 13th Portland, ME @ Studio 250
Wed Nov 14th Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (upstairs)
Thur Nov 15th Hoboken, NJ @ The Stevenson Institute
Friday Nov 16th Allentown, PA @ Fearless Fire Company
Sat Nov 17th Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House
Sun Nov 18th Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose (upstairs)
Mon Nov 19th Columbus, OH @ TBA )