Hailing from the American Midwest, Citizen, the alt-rock veterans who’ve been crafting their sound since 2009, continue to push musical boundaries. This band, perched at the crossroads of post-grunge, pop-punk, emo, and rock, consistently delivers albums that are distinct from one another while maintaining their exceptional quality. Calling The Dogs, released on October the 6th under Run For Cover Records, is no exception.
The power trio of Mat Kereker on vocals, Nick Hamm on guitar and backing vocals, and Eric Hamm on bass, has recently been reinforced with former touring members, drummer Ben Russin and guitarist Mason Mercer. Together, they’ve created a compact 35-minute masterpiece brimming with a high energy yet retaining a raw, unfiltered and honest vibe. The album offers a collection of upbeat tracks with profound lyrical content, drawing you in from the very first note.
Citizen’s trademark catchy choruses blend seamlessly with their introspective lyrics, immersing you in their unique brand of dancey emo. The album kicks off with the thick bass grooves of “Headtrip”, setting the tone for what’s to come. The song delves into the sensation of being driven by external expectations rather than personal desires.
The fourth track, “If You’re Lonely”, is a heartfelt homage to their early days, released on the anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album, Youth. It takes you back to their garage band beginnings.
“Bad Company”, another standout track, introduces a rockier sound, with an abrupt transition into a soft instrumental before the next track, leaving you craving for more. This track is grungier, dancier then anything we are used to of Citizen. It’s a delightful departure from their typical style.
A highlight of the album is “When I Let You Down”, where Mat Kereker’s impassioned vocals express the remorse of disappointing someone, backed by an energetic bass riff that culminates in a harmonious guitar climax. This track is undoubtedly one of the album’s gems.
Citizen’s evolution as a band is evident with each release, consistently improving and keeping fans enamored. Anticipation for their live performances and curiosity about their future endeavors only grow with each album. Citizen is a band that’s impossible not to love, and “Calling The Dogs” only solidifies their reputation as musical trailblazers. The future holds exciting prospects for this talented group.