PICS: Citizen, Knuckle Puck at the Observatory North Park

A shoegaze/pop-punk/indie-pop tripleheader of Citizen, Knuckle Puck and Hunny hit the Observatory North Park recently.

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The band is still going hard on the tour trail in support of their excellent 2017 album "As You Please." (Vocalist Mat Kerekes pictured)
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Chicago's own Knuckle Puck have joined the Citizen lads as co-headliners for the current tour -- which wraps up on June 15 in Detroit.
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The June 1 show was great from start to finish -- all three bands are known for their awesome live performances. (Citizen pictured)
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Aside from Kerekes (pictured foreground), the band is comprised of guitarist Ryland Oehlers, bassist Eric Hamm, drummer Jake Duhaime and guitarist Nick Hamm.
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Citizen's latest album (out via Run For Cover Records) moved the group's sound in slightly new direction.
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Listeners who expected more of the heavier sound that the band released on their 2013 album "Youth" may have been caught slightly off guard. During a 2017 SoundDiego interview about "As You Please," Nick Hamm said: "I just feel like we are still hungry and we're still taking in so many new things, so many albums and new influences. I just think that time has a huge impact on us." (Oehlers pictured)
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Hamm continued: "I just think we're trying to challenge ourselves [with every album] and I think we did it this time around in a way that was better than we did with the second [2015's 'Everybody Is Going to Heaven']. You know, we were really interested in being abrasive a few years ago, and that's cool and I don't regret that, but this time around, it was more challenging to ourselves as songwriters to write an album that was adventurous but not abrasive, you know? That's not super easy to do." (Kerekes pictured)
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Apparently, the band's fans didn't take long to embrace their new music: "The first show we played, that I would say was really the start of the record cycle, was a show in the UK and we opened with 'Jet' -- and, like, everybody was singing it," Hamm told SoundDiego. "I could've cried ... On some [of the new material], there are moments where they feel like old Citizen songs, you know? Like, people just know them so well. And that's really cool. It feels rejuvenating."
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With an average of about two years between records, we might just see new Citizen material sooner rather than later.
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A pop-punk band founded in 2010, Knuckle Puck actually started out playing cover songs before writing their own material. (Joe Taylor pictured)
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The band is comprised of vocalist Joe Taylor, guitarist Kevin Maida (pictured), drummer John Siorek, guitarist Nick Casasanto and bassist Ryan Rumchaks.
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Beginning with their self-titled 2011 EP, the band has released five other EPs and two studio full-length albums, with 2017's "Shapeshifter" being their latest. (Casasanto pictured)
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Knuckle Puck was included on Alternative Press's "12 Bands You Need To Know: AP Editors pick their favorite 100 Bands" list in 2014. (Rumchaks pictured)
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According to a February post on Instagram, the band said "Maybe we've been working on new music." Could a new album be on the way? (Taylor pictured)
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Hunny, an indie-rock band based out of Woodland Hills, opened the show. We actually just saw them in April when they played UCSD's 2019 Sun God Festival!
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Their debut studio album, "Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes," is out July 19 on Epitaph Records -- be sure to check it out when it drops! (Jason Yarger pictured)
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