Citizens Headline Fear Tour to Celebrate New Album

Based in Seattle, Citizens released their first album in 2011 under Mars Hill Church. Fans of Passion Pit and Young the Giant can hear similarities in musicality, instrumental sound, and vocal range.

With close to 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Citizens is quickly picking up steam and gaining support from listeners around the country. They are currently on tour to showcase their new album, Fear.

Zach Bolen smiles out to the crowd while singing.

The band created great energy with their electronic sound and upbeat lyrics and stage presence. Fans often sang along on Monday night at their show at the Parkway Theater. Ghost Ship and The Eagle and Child were support acts. Each led in worship and prayer.

Artists like Citizens have written songs that have drawn in younger religious listeners and families. It’s unique that within the Christian music community there are artists falling into almost every genre.

The Devil Wears Prada and For Today are notable on the metalcore scene, TobyMac is a front-runner for Christian hip-hop, and Switchfoot has become a popular band for fans of various genres.

The crowd at Citizens’ show was certainly youthful, alive, and full of spiritual community. Fans of all ages were moving around and dancing throughout each set and singing along.

Citizens’ guitar player smiles during their final song.

Citizens’ performance was lively and fun. The band members were all smiles and there were multiple instances where the singer, Zach Bolen, moved around the stage to play next to their bassist, Nate Furtado. Each musician was smiling through most of the set and were noticeably enjoying themselves. It’s always a special experience to watch musicians who truly love what they’re doing perform.

Citizens wrapped up their set by talking about their overall message and goal for making their music. Bolen talked about his father passing away when he was young, and how he didn’t realize the amount of grief he was keeping inside until he started going to therapy.

Citizens’ goal was to help their audience leave the theater feeling changed and ready to let go of all of the fears that come with daily life, to use their energy to spread positive change around the world.

Zach Bolen asks the crowd to clap along and dance during their set.

Written by Lauren Zimitsch

Twin-Cities based photographer focusing on color, experience, and storytelling. Find me on Instagram at @kylo_lau_ren and let me know what you think!


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