Willow Shields
Willow Shields

Music photographer and journalist based in South London.

Ahead of the release of their fourth album ‘In Your Glass World’ via Run For Cover Records on the 26th March, CITIZEN have released a second taste of the record in the form of ‘Blue Sunday’ following on from first single ‘I Want To Kill You’. ‘Blue Sunday’ is yet another example of CITIZEN refusing to be defined and keeping everyone on their toes. An unexpected bass-led track with distorted lyrics opens a window into the world of ‘In Your Glass World’. The track evokes an almost uncomfortable energy; its deepness paired with the distortion of vocalist Mat Kerekes lulls you into some sort of trance. When the instrumentals come to the forefront, the clean guitar cuts through the distorted glaze making sure it doesn’t go un-noticed. Unlike anything CITIZEN have done before, ‘Blue Sunday’ is truly in its world of its own, when discussing the song Kerekes says “The song came about once I wrote the bass and drums to the verse for ‘Blue Sunday.’ I sent it to the rest of the band and then we all got together to do the rest. Everything flowed naturally and it is one of my favourite songs on the record. It’s essentially about me never wanting to leave my house and although that makes me happy, it is bad for me in different ways.”

The video for ‘Blue Sunday’ tells an intimate story of a hippie gathering that looks 70s-esq with the band sitting around in a circle with fellow hippies in what looks to be said garage studio. Plot twist: the band seem to be possessed by a computer version of their album. There is a definite tone change within the video as the song shifts from being totally hazy to slightly cleaner with the single guitar track. The video features great characters like the sound engineer trying to fix the whole band with them shoo-ing him away, perhaps reminiscent of the bands real-life experiences? 

CITIZEN have succeeded in recording their fourth full-length album, however this time it was recorded entirely in Mat Kerekes’ garage studio. The band’s need for constant evolution led them to take things entirely into their own hands and therefore have total creative control. 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.” 

Listen to ‘Blue Sunday’ here: