Stomping Grounds: Mat Kerekes (Citizen) on Lambertville, Michigan


Run For Cover Records released Young States, the debut EP from Ohio/Michigan indie rockers Citizen on October 23, 2012.  The EP, a follow up to last 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 winter routing to ask about his current Stomping Grounds, Lambertville, MI. 
What’s your town’s nickname?
What’s your nickname for your town?
Why do you live there?
It’s where my parents chose to raise me.
Did you grow up there? If not, what brought you there?
What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you there?
Nothing really weird happens. I hear that Bob Seger, or his drummer lives in the area though. That’s kind of weird.
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
Parmalee Park.
What is your favorite local event or festival?
Parmaler Park Summerfest.
What is the best time of year to be there?
Who is your favorite local celebrity?
Joey Chester.
Do you play music there? If so, where is your favorite place to play?
I do not.
Does where you live influence your music?
I guess kind of.
What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
Frankie’s Inner City. My favorite show there was probably Fireworks a few years ago.
What is your favorite local band?
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Red Lobster. Crab legs.
What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
I don’t really go out and buy records, but this place called Re-Play is cool. I bought a Marvin Gaye CD there once.
What is your favorite local shop?
Independent Dairy.
If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?
Ocean Beach, California.