Citizen Premieres Stripped Down Studio 4 Live Video
New Album As You Please Out Now
via Run For Cover Records
Full U.S. Tour Starts Tomorrow
w/ Sorority Noise, Great Grandpa
photographer credit: Jimmy Fontaine
Ohio’s alt-rock torchbearers, Citizen, have recently released their powerful new album As You Please via Run For Cover Records and tomorrow the band starts a lengthy full U.S. tour. To celebrate, Citizen has teamed with BrooklynVegan to premiere a stripped-down version of “Flowerchild,” the final installment in their series of live videos recorded in Will Yip’s Studio 4.
As You Please is an album of commanding and versatile rock that showcases Citizen‘s impressive growth as songwriters. The album already proves the band’s confidence with shaping a broad set of dynamics, but the Studio 4 live sessions find Citizen exploring their range even further. Throughout rearranged versions of As You Please cuts, “Jet,” “In The Middle Of It All,” and now, “Flowerchild,” the band utilizes everything from acoustic guitar to grand piano to create a new kind of resonance from their already moving songs.
Watch the Studio 4 “Flowerchild” via BrooklynVegan
Listen to As You Please via Spotify
As You Please is available now
Citizen will be on tour all throughout the Fall supporting As You Please with a lengthy run of U.S. shows. The band will be supported by Sorority Noise and Great Grandpa, see full itinerary below.
As You Please is out now via Run For Cover Records.
As You Please tracklist:
2. In The Middle of It All
3. As You Please
5. Ugly Luck
7. Fever Days
9. Discrete Routine
10. I Forgive No One
11. You Are A Star
Citizen’s As You Please reports from ground zero of an epidemic. Two years removed from their previous Run For Cover LP, Everybody Is Going To Heaven, Citizen’s perspective is far less sublime. As You Please is a confrontational record, incapable of turning a blind eye toward the inescapable strife. And so, songwriter Mat Kerekes pursues the source of discontent that is ravaging his Rust Belt city of Toledo, Ohio with the band’s most dynamic record to date.
On As You Please the epidemic is bigger than addiction and overdoses. There is no longer a Dream to be pursued for the friends and family surrounding Citizen. The band explores that absence and the misguided ways in which it gets filled. On opener “Jet” the kids move slow and there’s a stranger living in the narrator’s home. “In The Middle Of It All” might be Citizen at their most hopeful, but it also reads as agonizing expression of the ruin in the Heartland.
As You Please also showcases the growing versatility of a band seven years deep and still restless. Citizen has churned and ground out their own unique foothold within the greater context of alternative rock. Written over the course of a year, the record is devoid of the brutish and sinister elements found on Everybody Is Going To Heaven. Here, Citizen go beyond their early grunge contrasts and strive for something benevolent.
There’s a spiritual core to the record that manifests in subtle ways like the ethereal vocals echoing in the breakdown of “Control,” the droning organs on “You Are A Star” or the almost operatic refrain on “In The Middle Of It All.” The finespun ways in which Citizen has written this record mark a cataclysmic breakthrough for the band. There is damage and disarray in the band member’s lives, but within this record all the pieces have been restored in an ornate arrangement befitting a stained glass mosaic.
In the end, As You Please tries to give strength to those in need. There are illicit factors that control, but Citizen has written a guiding light of an album out of the debris. It concludes with “You Are A Star” and “Flowerchild;” one an unstable request of confidence set to soaring progressions, the other a blistering finale that subverts expectation. As You Please might read as meek, but it represents Citizen in its most confident and expansive state.
10/17 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop*
10/18 Chicago, IL @ Metro*
10/19 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall*
10/20 Toronto, ON @ Opera House*
10/21 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room*
10/22 Boston, MA @ Royale*
10/24 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club*
10/26 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*
10/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts*
10/28 Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents*
10/29 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage*
10/31 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club*
11/01 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
11/02 Orlando, FL @ The Social*
11/03 Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s*
11/04 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar*
11/05 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (The Small Ball)*
11/06 Nashville, TN @ The Basement – East*
11/08 Houston, TX @ Walter’s*
11/09 Dallas, TX @ Trees*
11/10 McDade, TX @ Sound On Sound Fest^
11/12 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater*
11/13 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic*
11/14 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House*
11/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent*
11/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s*
11/18 Portland, OR @ Analog Theater*
11/19 Seattle, WA @ Neumos*
11/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex*
11/22 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater*
11/24 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre*
11/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock*
* – w/ Sorority Noise and Great Grandpa
^ – w/ Sorority Noise