Given Nirvana’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past week, I thought it would be appropriate to share a contemporary act undoubtedly inspired by the Seattle-based heavyweights. Citizen are a five-piece alternative grunge band with members hailing from Michigan and Ohio. Formed in 2009, the band really gained traction in 2013 with the release of their LP Youth, released by Run For Cover Records, that landed them a spot on the Vans Warped Tour last summer. Their sound is a really cool blend of garage, lo-fi, emo, and of course, grunge.
“The Summer” is arguably the best offering from the album for showcasing what to expect from Citizen – heavily distorted guitars, high treble bass, cymbal soaked drumlines, and raw vocal drones. Dynamically the song is rich, which is refreshingly unexpected from a grunge band. The rhythm is momentous during the verses, slow and full during the choruses, and each transition is characterized by a simple lead guitar bit that is really tasteful given the potential for each instrument to get lost in such an overdriven mix.
Catch Citizen this Wednesday April 16th at the Phoenix in Toronto with other killer acts The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Real Friends, and Modern Baseball. Stage dives and high fives guaranteed.