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Citizen - Everybody Is Going To Heaven
Life is short, sometimes hard, and hopefully, meaningful. This is a reality that doesn't become obvious until you're reaching a certain point, but in doing so, we as human we are, and what we want from our we are, and what we want from our time on this Earth in the process. On their new album Everybody Is Going to Heaven, Citizen stand on the edge of that overwhelming realization, and shout all of those big, tough existential questions into the clouds without the anticipation to figuring out the definitive answers just yet.
2013's debut album Youth introduced the music world to a group of mid-western indie-punks just getting their feet. After seeing their album chart in the Billboard 200 upon its release, sell more than 20,000 copies to date, and embark on massive tours with sold out headlining shows, the band Citizen is becoming is now more obvious than ever in the way they convey themselves sonically and artistically as individuals with purpose
Recorded with Will Yip at Studio 4, Citizen's second full-length effort presents the most fully realized version of the band to date in spite of it being their most dissonant and chaotic material they have ever written. The marriage of destruction and beauty looms throughout the album from its start to conclusion, with its sequencing mirroring a journey from the cradle to the grave that concludes with the juxtaposition between death and light on" Yellow Love" and "Ring of Chain."
As songwriters, Citizen have adapted highly personal introspection as a means to confront fear, loss and honest revelations into their words. Lead singer Mat Kerekes splits open his head onto the canvas with both distress and violent bliss over heady topics such as a conflicted relationship with a mother on "Dive Into My Sun," to self- criticism of a control complex on "My Favorite Color". Perhaps the most permeating specter throughout the album is the loss of loved ones experienced throughout its members' lives over the past year, as evidenced on "Heaviside" and "Weave Me (Into Yr Sin)". Collectively, members Nick Hamm, Jake Duhaime, Ryland Oehlers and Eric Hamm's contributions to this chaotic life cycle are celebrated through an abrasive atmospheric core that can at times feel unforgiving, while nurturing in others.
Everybody Is Going to Heaven begins with a blank slate, explores its fair share of life's ugly moments and tragedies along the way, but ultimately, leaves this world on its own volition and peace of mind. You could say this represents where Citizen are now: A band who passionately sets out to create their own art, and makes itself clear they have no intention of retracing past steps or mistakes set into the ground by their others, or even themselves. It is their journey alone, and all part of their own distinct unique path that life has waiting for them.
Virginia Beach’s Turnover has never been a band afraid of telling the truth. The emotional honesty poured out over a number of anthemic releases has been a proven formula of success for the band, but on their sophomore LP Peripheral Vision, the band treads into deeper water. Working again with Magnolia producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive), Turnover’s latest record shows a band maturing to create their best effort: an ethereal, reverb-drenched soundscape blending elements of hazy dream pop and the delicate emo rock of yesteryear. Songs like “Hello Euphoria” and “Like Slow Disappearing” highlight the new calmer, more subdued approach to songwriting, matched by Austin Getz’s somber, confessional lyrics that echo throughout songs as if his words were haunting every measure. Peripheral Vision solidifies the idea that Turnover is a band with its finger on the pulse of its generation: growing and learning with every release, but never failing to provide a relatable, cathartic experience for anyone listening.