It seems like every band working who have worked with Will Yip in the past year have exhibited a change of direction on their albums. That's not a bad thing, as Yip ensures the album sounds great regardless of genra, but so far there's been Screamo band Pianos Become The Teeth who stopped screaming. Turnover chose New Wave. Title Fight decided on Shoegaze. Adventures went on full on Emo. We're yet to find out if mewithoutYou have pursued a new sound, but the latest in the line is Citizen, who have ditched the Pop Punk sound they established on their album Youth in favour of more Grunge, and in the case of new single 'Stain', they've thrown in some hardcore punk vocals for good measure.
The band had previously shared 'Cement', below, which first had fans wondering what was to come, but even those educated guesses are now being reconsidered.
The consensus seems to be that the emotion that vocalist Mat Kerekes is known for hasn't been displaced, simply expressed in another way: he's ditched sadness for anger, and I for one likes what this could lead to. The comparisons to Brand New are already well and truly under way, but that could be a curse as nobody beats Brand New at their own game, as seen on their recent comeback single 'Mene'.
Whatever the case is, I'll be eagerly waiting, and hoping we hear something that rivals the strength of Citizen 2014's non-album single 'Silo', which has been the pick of the bunch of anything post-Youth.
Everybody Is Going To Heaven is out on 23rd June via Run For Cover.