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Citizen Delivers Self-Aware Anthem With “When I Let You Down”

Citizen Summer 2023
[Photo by: Tracy Nguyen]

After dropping the earworms “If You’re Lonely” and “Hyper Trophy,” Citizen returns with a wave of nostalgia in their latest creation, “When I Let You Down.” This musical journey down memory lane delves deep into the delicate art of recognizing the moment to release the past and embark on new chapters in life. Each single is building up momentum toward the band’s forthcoming full-length album, Calling The Dogs, set to drop on October 6.

Brought to life by a distinctive bassline, groovy guitar work, and propelling drums, “When I Let You Down” emerges as a potent and uplifting anthem despite its central theme. The track seamlessly fuses the unbridled vitality of rock with emotionally authentic lyrics, amplified by Mat Kerekes‘ expressive vocal delivery. The interplay of these elements creates a soundscape that envelopes listeners and encourages them to reflect on the song’s message of letting go and groove to its infectious rhythms.

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Sharing a deeper look into the track, Kerekes shares, “When you talk to an old friend, and they can only say, ‘remember when,’ it makes me really sad. It’s a very subtle way of showing the friendship has died. Some people are a bit lost in life, and this song is to encourage them to move on from the past and make new memories.

Citizen is gearing up for an extensive headlining run across North America, slated to commence in October just before their back-to-back performances at When We Were Young Fest in Las Vegas and extend through late November. Following this, the band is set to take their act overseas in February 2024. Check out their full touring schedule and grab tickets to experience the Ohio natives live this fall.

Tour Dates:

  • Oct. 18—Indianapolis, IN @ HI-Fi Annex
  • Oct. 21—Las Vegas, NV @ When We Were Young Festival
  • Oct. 22—Las Vegas, NV @ When We Were Young Festival
  • Oct. 24—Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren 
  • Oct. 25—San Diego, CA @ Observatory San Diego 
  • Oct. 27—Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo 
  • Oct. 28—San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall 
  • Oct. 29—Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Roseville
  • Oct. 31—Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater 
  • Nov. 1—Seattle, WA @ Neumos 
  • Nov. 3—Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell 
  • Nov. 4—Denver, CO @ Summit 
  • Nov. 5—Kansas City, MO @ recordbar 
  • Nov. 7—Austin, TX @ Mohawk Austin 
  • Nov. 8—Dallas, TX @ Trees 
  • Nov. 10—Nashville, TN @ Eastside Bowl 
  • Nov. 11—Atlanta, GA @ Hell at The Masquerade 
  • Nov. 12—Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum 
  • Nov. 13—Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live 
  • Nov. 15—Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle 
  • Nov. 17—Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat 
  • Nov. 18—New York, NY @ Warsaw 
  • Nov. 19—Philadelphia, PA @ Brooklyn Bowl 
  • Nov. 21—Boston, MA @ Big Night Live 
  • Nov. 22—Pittsburg, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
  • Nov. 23—Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall 
  • Nov. 24—Cleveland, OH @ The Roxy 
  • Nov. 25—Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall 
  • Nov. 26—Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall 
  • Feb. 6, 2024—Glasgow, UK @ St. Lukes Church
  • Feb. 7, 2024—Leeds, UK @ Project House
  • Feb. 8, 2024—London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
  • Feb. 9, 2024—Bristol, UK @ SWX
  • Feb. 11, 2024—Berlin, GER @ So36
  • Feb. 12, 2024—Hamburg, GER @ Knust
  • Feb. 13, 2024—Copenhagen, GER @ Beta
  • Feb. 15, 2024—Cologne, GER @ Club Volta
  • Feb. 16, 2024—Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
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