Mat Kerekes of Citizen will be heading down to Philadelphia, PA to record several acoustic songs for a new split. Check out a tweet from Nick below after the jump.
Citizen will be going on a mini-headlining tour this October around Fest. Check out the dates below after the jump.
Polar Bear Club will be releasing Death Chorus on November 19th via Rise Records. The band has also announced a late-fall tour with Citizen, Diamond Youth, Sainthood Reps. Check out a new song called “Blood Balloon” and all the tour dates below after the jump.
Taking Back Sunday, Polar Bear Club, Transit Announce Tour
So far, PropertyOfZack has brought you two Inside segments on your favorite label, Run For Cover Records. Both pieces have focused on commentary from the label in both an oral history and an introduction to its employees and their personalities. Our third piece, Band Tales, is a little different.
What makes Run For Cover so great (first and foremost) are the bands that have been making great music on the label for so many years now, so we have a Perspective on the story of how Fireworks, Tigers Jaw, This Is Hell, Citizen, and others first got caught up in the great web that Run For Cover is still spinning for music culture.
It’s a universally accepted fact among Run For Cover bands — current and alumni alike — that everyone’s got a Jeff Casazza story to tell.
Some are sentimental. Every June, Casazza flies out to Michigan to hang out at a lake house with the band Fireworks, in memory of their first tour. According to Kyle O’Neil, that tour sucked. “It was like a week long and three or four shows fell through,” he reminisces. “But we really got to know Jeff.”
The tour may have faltered, but Fireworks and Casazza still have tons of reason to celebrate the release of We Are Everywhere seven years later. Both the band and the label founder were still learning the ropes when Casazza got in touch with the band — short on prospects, and with only two demo-quality songs online. “We were very young, and we hadn’t grown into our sound yet. And he was just a kid like us. Now we’ve grown as people,” O’Neil laughs. “But deep down we’re still the same fuck ups we were then.”
That EP was one of the first releases where Run For Cover splurged on the recording — something like $4,000. When the band met at their then-drummer’s house for practice, they called a rushed meeting about Casazza’s investment. “It was the first thing he had to invest in, and it forced Jeff to take the label seriously,” O’Neil says. “And it forced us to take being a band seriously.”
Fireworks wound up going over budget in the studio, and O’Neil remembers that each member of the band had to cover $100 out of their own pockets. “Except Dave,” he’s quick to add. “Jeff had to cover for Dave, and Dave still hasn’t paid him back to this day. We still joke about it.”
Some defy reality. The details still elude Tigers Jaw’s Ben Walsh, but when the band was on tour in the United Kingdom, Casazza missed a flight to Ireland due to plane ticket woes, and “somehow spent the day living it up with the daughter of some prominent Duke.” A second yarn Walsh spins about Casazza: “Jeff may or may not have sat on an entire pizza. I can’t confirm or deny this story.”
Those Casazza pseudo-urban legends from someone Walsh considers “one of my favorite people to hang out with” — despite his insistence on watching Dew Tour and Rammstein music videos — are a long shot from 2008, when the running joke was that “Jeff didn’t like us because our initial interactions were brief,” Walsh says. “But he was really just preoccupied with sorting things out with Title Fight.”
When the band signed to RFC, Walsh says they were “more friends than clients.” While Tiger’s Jaw was recording Two Worlds, he saw friends’ bands — signed to other record labels – asked to slash songs from albums. Those other labels were “trying to dictate how their vocals ‘should sound,’ or making them work with a specific producer.” Not so for Tigers Jaw.
The trust forged between Run For Cover and Tigers Jaw quashed all constraints on the band, freeing them to write any kind of music they wanted to write. “I don’t even think Jeff made us send him demos before we actually started recording,” Walsh says. “It was incredibly liberating to create the music we wanted to create without any sort of pressure or requirements.”
PropertyOfZack was present at the Suppy Nation Tour stop in Philadelphia, PA ages ago, and we’ve finally gotten around to posting a new Live of Citizen's great set from that night. Make sure to check out the band's new record, Youth, on digital and final vinyl formats online or in stores at Hot Topic. Check out performances of “Drown,” “Fremont,” and ”Untitled” below!
Warped Tour is off and running, and PropertyOfZack is stoked to bring you nothera brand new Playlist from Citizen, For The Foxes, American Opera who are on the tour this summer. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Warped Tour Set Lists
Friday Discussion: Warped Tour Survival Guide
POZ Festival Watch: Warped Tour Crib Sheet
Warped Tour Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts
Friday Discussion: My First Warped Tour
Anti-Flag - Zapatista, Don’t Give Up *Song is not on Spotify
While I was in middle school I don’t think any band was as important as Anti-Flag to me. This song was on the 2001 Warped Compilation and really got me hooked on them.
Big D & The Kid’s Table - G.L.D.
This might be the band I’m most stoked about on Warped this summer.
Rancid - Old Friend
When I think Warped Tour, the first band to come to mind is Rancid, I really wish they were a part of it this year.
Steel Pulse - Roller Skates
I break out the reggae music twice as often once the temperature cracks 80.
The Early November - Take Time and Find
Probably the first band I ever had my mom drive me and my friends an hour to go see. That was about ten years ago, very excited to see them on Warped this summer.
The Cool Kids - Swimsuits
This is what plays in my head the entire summer season.
Weezer - No One Else
Weezer made their comeback on Warped Tour in 2000. How sweet is that?
Beach Boys - Surfin’ Safari
No summer playlist is complete without a Beach Boys jam.
Eminem - As The World Turns
Let us not forget that Eminem did a Warped Tour.
Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
Awesome summer song, recently discovered that they have done Warped a few times.
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
I’m obsessed with the vibe of this song.
Camera Obscura – Cri Du Coeur
Stoked on their new record, well worth the wait
Cake – It’s Coming Down
A light-hearted break up song that more than lives up to Cake’s standard of excellence.
Steel Pulse – Bodyguard
Steel Pulse’s rhythm section is deadly infectious.
Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In The Jar
Probably the best-known version of a really awesome Irish folk song.
Wilco – She’s A Jar
Another great song referencing a jar I suppose.
The Strokes – Tap Out
The opening track to their latest record introduces a brand of Strokes that has never been heard before, I love it.
Marvin Gaye – Stubborn Kind of Fellow
Marvin and his whole band in their element completely on this one.
As Tall As Lions – Song For Luna
I miss this band a bunch, really wish I got to see them live.
JMSN– Let U Go (Live)
JMSN is probably pushing more boundaries than anyone else right now. Their live in-studio EP is an awesome taste of how musically capable he and his band are at presenting the songs in a live setting.
I am not much of a playlist guy. I am more of a listen-to-each-song-on-the-record guy. That being said, I encourage those who read this to check out these band’s releases, as they will rock you in half. I picked a lot of these songs based on how awesome they are to drive to. I spend a lot of time on the road and these songs get me safely to and from each show.
These are songs that I will be jamming to and from stops on this summer’s Warped Tour.
The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations
This band has a way of writing songs that instantly feel nostalgic. “Great Expectations” is a great summer driving tune. The opening guitar riff is perfect for pumping you up for a drive. It makes me want to slick my hair back and drive muscle cars with girls named Josie or Ruby Sue.
Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus
This record is nearly flawless. This is a song about living your life, even if you think it’s too late. It nods to some of Jimmy Eat World’s favorite bands, from The Promise Ring to Motley Crüe. “I always want to feel like part of this was mine.” He wants to leave his mark on music, like every musician strives to do.
Weezer – My Name Is Jonas
I still get butterflies in my belly when I hear the opening riff to this song. That’s probably because I know I’m going to listen to every song on the record over and over again. This is the first album that I fell completely in love with so it’s a must-have on any road trip. Weezer’s first two albums completely changed my life.
Summer is well into a rhythm now between the heat, humidity, and fun we’re hopefully all experiencing together. We thought it’d be a great idea to put together a brand new POZ Team Recommendations Playlist on Our Favorite Summer Songs. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
LFO - Summer Girls
Nostalgia at it’s finest. This song is so good, corny, and catchy at the same time. The video is even better. Also, 90’s fashions are stil incredibly awful in my eyes. - Ashley Dean (@radashlee)
Yellowcard - Always Summer
Go for a drive with your windows down, this song blasting through your speakers. That feeling you get while you sing along at the top of your lungs is what summer is all about, and nobody knows it better than Yellowcard. So sing it loud and proud because guess what. It’s always summer in my heart and in my soul. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Citizen - The Summer
Bren and I have had this song blasted on repeat since the summer started at Michael Jordan. Citizen’s new record “Youth” came out this year on Run for Cover Records and without a doubt, it’s a jam. I actually got my pre-order in the mail yesterday and I’m too stoked to play it today. Suppy? - Allison Newbold (@allisonnewbold)
Mest - Cadillac
This is the summer of 2001, driving 3 hours to see Mest/NFG/blink cause you’re heading off to college in the fall and you gotta squeeze in as much bro time as possible. This is cigarettes and booze and trouble and first tattoos and all that mess. We were in a Honda Prelude mind you, but let’s not pick nits. - Marc Gary Gray (@marcgarygray)
The Hold Steady - Constructive Summer
"Me and my friends are like the drums on ‘Lust For Life.’ We pound it out on floor toms; our psalms are sing-along songs." - Erik van Rheenen (@TheRealVandyMan)
The Ataris - The Boys Of Summer
Sure, it may be a cover of a Don Henley classic, but for me, this song is synonymous with warm weather. It’s the perfect song to blast in your car all summer long with the windows down and your hair blowing in the wind, and now that I’ve painted that cheesy picture for you, you can just go ahead and listen for yourself. - Brandon Allin (@Iambrandonallin)