UTG TV: Citizen Discuss Creative Control, Airplanes, and Egging Houses

CITIZEN (D. SKANK PHOTOGRAPHY)

Citizen guitarist Nick Hamm played in his high school marching band.

“You realize that’s probably not going to go anywhere,” replied the Toledo band director when Hamm told him he’d be quitting to pursue his own band full-time.

“Maybe this is enough for him. Maybe we’ll show him a little set from The Wonder Years tour,” says Hamm with a smile.

On Saturday May 17, UTG TV hopped in the van with the guys in Citizen after the band performed to a crazy crowd at the Skate And Surf Festival in Asbury Park, NJ.

We chatted about how life has been on the road since the release of their critically acclaimed album Youth and their feelings surrounding the transformation from basement shows to playing for thousands in major market cities. The guys even had a Times Square “TRL moment” with The Wonder Years. It included…Dorito showers?

If you’re looking for a quirky in-depth conversation in the backseat of Citizen’s van, then you’re in the right place. Check out our interview to see how they’re proving their high school teachers wrong and so much more.

SUMMER TOUR DATES
Jun 12 Uniun – Toronto, Canada
Jul 16 Epic Studios – Norwich, United Kingdom
Jul 17 Fighting Cocks – Kingston, United Kingdom
Jul 18 Borderline – London, United Kingdom
Jul 19 Joiners – Southampton, United Kingdom
Jul 20 Tiki Bar & Diner – Plymouth, United Kingdom
Jul 21 Exchange – Bristol, United Kingdom
Jul 23 The Victoria Inn – Derby, United Kingdom
Jul 24 Audio – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jul 25 The Star & Garter – Manchester, United Kingdom
Jul 26 The Cockpit – Leeds, United Kingdom

Interviewed by: John Bazley (Twitter)
Produced by: Derek Scancarelli

Additional contribution by Brandon J. Holmes of Phlavor.
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Derek Scancarelli

Derek Scancarelli is a feature writer, interviewer, videographer, photographer, radio-er and more. In 2015, he received his MA in Journalism in New York City. In addition to Under The Gun Review, Derek has worked with Noisey (VICE), Alternative Press, New Noise Magazine and many more. He also pushes some buttons at SiriusXM.

Comedian Jim Norton once called him a serial killer on national radio. Enjoy the internet with him on Twitter.
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