Show Preview: Citizen and Turnover, 03/29
Written by Kyle Sandoval on March 28, 2016
On March 29th, Citizen and Turnover will be playing at The Analog Theater with support from Sorority Noise and Milk Teeth. This tour is interesting because Citizen and Turnover both started out as pop punk bands, released very similar-sounding albums in 2013 but took their music into two significantly different directions. These same reasons make me very excited for the show.
I have seen Citizen live a few times now but not since they put out their 2015 release Everybody is Going to Heaven. The initially pop punk band from Michigan has slowly been moving into a darker, heavier sound since they released Youth in 2013. The following standalone single Silo further indicated the trajectory of their music and showed its potential. While the album did not initially grab me, I found myself listening to it more and more over time. In the scene that Citizen inhabits, Everybody is Going to Heaven was a risk and it turned out pretty good. Every time I have seen them, Citizen has killed it and I am excited to see the new songs in a live setting.
Of all the bands playing, I am most excited to see Turnover live. They released one of my favorite albums of 2015, Peripheral Vision, an album that occupied many of my summer nights. Like Citizen, Turnover moved away from their pop punk roots but their path lead into an more indie, dream pop direction. As someone who was lukewarm on their previous album, Magnolia, Peripheral Vision is a great record. Since it’s release, Turnover’s sets have consisted entirely of songs off that release but earlier this month, they put out two new songs that they have been including as well. They are playing just a long as Citizen and you should catch this band while they are in town before they blow up and it gets expensive to see them.
Sorority Noise’s album, Joy Departed, did not immediately grab me. There were some songs on there I really liked but it never really clicked for me until I saw them open for Knuckle Puck last October. Now I can’t stop listening. “Using”, in particular might be my favorite song ever. Everyone should definitely show up early enough to catch their set. They will be releasing a followup EP, It Kindly Stopped For Me, this April.
I wish I had listened to Milk Teeth’s recent album that came out February, Vile Child, more than I have because it’s sick and I’m a fan of their earlier material as well. They’re a good band and more people should listen to them.
On top of a bill full of great bands, the Analog always has an awesome local artist or two opening at its shows. This is not a show to miss so check it out.
Date: March 29, 2016