INTERVIEW: Citizen (12/03/2021)

Credit: Promo

Ohio three piece Citizen’s fourth record ‘Life In Your Glass World’ proves once again that only the band themselves can define their identity; the band creatively progressing goes hand in hand with their desire to be in control of their own destiny. Guitarist Nick Hamm explains:

“I don’t have a lot of regret but there have definitely been times when we felt powerless during the band’s existence. This time we really owned every part of the process. It’s easy to feel like you’re on autopilot when you’re in a band, but that’s not a good place to be this far into our existence. We consciously knew we wanted to break free”.

We caught up with Nick to talk about the new album and what it was like to record and release new music during lockdown.

DP!: How are you feeling going into the release of ‘Life In Your Glass World’?
Nick: I feel nervous and excited. Mostly just eager to have it out there after sitting on it for so long.

DP!: A lot of the new songs start with a beat rather than a guitar line, is this something that the band intended on the record?
Nick: I think that was just the natural vibe this time around. What better way to write a dancey rock record than kick it off with a beat?

DP!: What can Citizen fans expect to hear on the new album compared to ‘As You Please’?
Nick: I just think this one FEELS a lot better. It’s more alive and less polished, and if you ask me, sounds like the most realized version of the band yet.

DP!: The album was tracked in a studio built in Mat’s garage – how did that come about?
Nick: Mat went ahead and built a studio like a mad man. Really nothing else to it. He did a great job with it.

DP!: How did being self-sufficient impact the production of the album and the final output?
Nick: It prolonged the process since we weren’t working under a rigid schedule. I’m not exactly sure what effect that had on the music, but I’m sure it did. I think I like working under the stress of the clock a little more, but it was freeing in some ways for sure.

DP!: The first tracks we got to hear from ‘Life In Your Glass World’ were ‘I Want To Kill You’ and ‘Blue Sunday’. How did you decide which songs to release as singles?
Nick: I think both of these were just obvious to us from the first demo. I know ‘I Want to Kill You’ essentially felt how we felt about ‘Jet’ the last time around. There was just no way it wasn’t going to be the first single.

DP!: Do you think these songs are the best representation of the album?
Nick: Actually, yes. Sorry, no interesting answer really. But I do think they spell it out pretty plainly.

DP!: How do the band feel about releasing an album during a worldwide lockdown? Did you consider delaying the release like some other bands have?
Nick: Ah I mean it’s scary, to be honest. I feel like nothing is sustaining right now. So I guess we’ll just keep moving, knowing we’re not alone in that. Yeah it actually was delayed by half a year or so. I’m glad we did that, because I think it would’ve already faded had it come out when it was supposed to.

DP!: How important is music to people at a time like this?
Nick: To me, extremely. Music and movies have gotten me through a lot of weird isolating days, and I’m sure plenty of people are with me there.

DP!: How have you guys been keeping busy during lockdown?
Nick: Eric has been doing construction work. I’m a screen printer. Mat has been learning a lot of new ways to channel his creative energy, so we all have a little something going on to keep us sane. But for now, just looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel, in terms of the pandemic.

Citizen‘s new album ‘Life In Your Glass World’ is due for release on March 26th, via Run For Cover, and you can be pre-ordered now from the official Run For Cover store (here).

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.