by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
There’s something about acoustic-based music that always leaves me stunned, and the debut solo EP from Mat Kerekes is no exception. Kerekes is best known as the frontman of Citizen, but his solo music is a far cry from the band’s hazy brand of rock.
Each song on the EP is moving in its own distinctive way. “Forgiveness” is a heartbreaking look at a relationship that has run its course. The track is slow and solemn, with Kerekes drawing out his vocals as if to delay the inevitable end of something that was once so beautiful (“I loved you first/and I know that it hurts/I’m sorry for what I did to you”). Most striking, though, are the airy strings that buoy an otherwise somber story.
“For The Month” features a more lively melody that gently sways to and fro. However, the vocals remain timid and soft, accented by faintly humming “oohs.”
The standout on the EP is “Reach,” a track with a clean and simple opening that swells as it progresses. The movement begins with the faint shimmer of cymbals, and then builds with a brief and melancholy guitar riff. Kerekes’ voice strengthens along with the instrumentals, until he’s openly begging you to stay. (“Oh that shine in your smile/Would you stay for awhile?”)
Mat Kerekes is playing at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL on June 21st. PropertyOfZack is teaming up with Kickstand Productions to give away a pair of tickets for the show. The contest all end on June 20th, so find out how to win below!
Mat Kerekes, Chris Kerekes Announce Solo Tour
To win a pair of tickets to see Mat Kerekes in Chicago you must do each of the following things:
Skate And Surf Festival is just a few days away now, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend in Asbury Park, NJ. We thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of the lineup today, with a day two feature coming tomorrow. Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!
Reunions have been something that have become engraved in both the Skate And Surf-then-Bamboozle-then-Skate And Surf culture. Whether it was The Movielife, Further Seems Forever, Fall Out Boy, or something in between, there’s just nothing like the excitement that comes from not seeing your favorite band in 10 years, and then seeing them again. That’s part of why Skate And Surf 2014 is so goddamn exciting. We’ve been waiting for years to hear Midtown sing, “I wish I could hate you for the rest of my…” and we’re just days away now.
There were rumors for years about Anthony Green being interesting in a reunion once again with Saosin. That time has come. Saosin of course only have one EP with Green and a few b-sides, so expect the set to be quick and incredible. What may be more interesting might be the “new ideas” Saosin will be playing.
Citizan frontman Mat Kerekes was very young – and still is very young – when Youth came out, and the result of youth (lmao) is a relative inexperience performing live. As the band has toured more, though, Kerekes has vastly improved both his stage presence and the quality of his vocals, making Citizen a can’t-miss act when they come to town. The same can be said for a Skate & Surf Day 1 lineup that has a bit of a weak middle; simply put, don’t miss them.
The Early November
Uh huh, let’s see here…The Early November playing a show in New Jersey. If you need any more of an explanation as to why you should watch that happen, then I don’t know what to tell you.
Somos, what a band. Runaway Brother, what a band. It just so happens that Somos, who have one of the best albums of the year at this point, are going out on a PropertyOfZack sponsored tour with Runaway Brother. Somos will then be playing a few shows after the first leg of the tour with Mat Kerekes of Citizen. The tour will run from the beginning to the middle of June. Check out the dates above or below!