[PHOTOS + REVIEW] Turnstile + Citizen + Rage // Factory Theatre // 16/01/19

Curiously, Ohio quintet Citizen find themselves in the same position our headliners were in the last time they visited Australia – that is, on a co-headlining run with a band that theoretically feels opposed from a stylistic standpoint. An odd couple, if you will. On paper, a pairing such as this shouldn’t work – and yet, the Venn diagram has just enough of a middle section to make it all work. There is common ground to be moshed upon, after all – both bands possess a stronghold over their audience, singing back their words so loudly that you could probably do away with every vocal microphone on stage entirely. This is especially the case with Citizen, who have managed to concoct at least a few truly great throat-tearing slices of second-wave emo revival on all three of their studio albums. They’re fired off in quick succession here, ranging from the thrashing “Roam the Room” to the slinking, snarling “Cement” before concluding on “The Summer,” which is quite possibly the greatest Sunny Day Real Estate song they never wrote. It’s easy to see why this band means so much to people, and even clearer to see why Citizen keep coming back.

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