Words and photos by Joe Calixto
After collectively having a big year of touring in 2018, both Citizen and Knuckle Puck gifted the United States with an incredible co-headlining tour, taking with them 2 bands that are definitely no stranger to people, Hunny and Oso Oso.
A couple of weeks in, the tour stopped in the legendary Henry Fonda Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. The venue is known for its amazing interior and even better location, not to mention the long list of the music industries biggest and brightest that have played its stage.
Getting the night started was Long Beach, NY’s very own Oso Oso. Personally, I fucking love this band. Their own blend of emo that just makes me wanna scream the lyrics in the top of my lungs and start a mosh pit at the same time. Of course, I didn’t do that. The band just released new music a week ago, since their last release thru Triple Crown, and I cannot wait to see where these new bangers are gonna take this band.
Shortly after them, the local boys, Hunny set the stage on fire (not literally) with their perfect mix of straight rock and roll, punk, new wave and a hint of beach vibes. After the successes of their previous EPs, the band released a couple of new singles from their upcoming record ‘Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.‘ on the mighty, Epitaph records. I can assure you this record is gonna fucking slap!! So remember, ‘Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.’ out on Epitaph Records, July 17! (and no they didn’t pay me to say that!)
Citizen came on after the quick intermission, which was the first time on tour the two headliners switched set times. Right off the bat the band from Toledo, OH dropped an array of songs that made sure every single person in the packed room was feeling all the feels. With a good mix of songs from Everybody is Going To Heaven, As You Please and even a couple from Youth, I could say that they really “fucked us up!” with that one. I must also add, the light programming that Dave Summers worked on this set was beyond phenomenal. Those lights made me feel that goddamn set.
Last but not least, Chicago’s finest, Knuckle Puck stepped in front of their LA fans with their signature in your face energy. I’ve seen this band almost 6 times and whether it’s in front of 50 kids or a thousand, KP puts out the same energy each time. I personally may not be a big fan of pop punk but there’s just something about Knuckle Puck’s music that makes me come back for more. Their last 2 records have already stood the test of time and I can’t wait to see what these boys by the lake give us next.
The show was definitely an odd bill but each and every band brought something to keep the people on their feet the whole night. One thing was said that stuck with me last night, Citizen’s guitar player mentioned that them and Knuckle Puck have been playing shows together for over 7 years. And it made me think how cool it is to be in a scene where just a bunch of small-town friends can take over the music world. Just proves that hard work pays off right?
There are still a handful of dates left on this tour so be sure to check it out when it hits your town! Also say hi to Jake Lang and Lupe Bustos for me.
06/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/04 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/05 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
06/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
06/08 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
06/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
06/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
06/12 – St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar
06/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro
06/15 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theatre
“the unpredictable has found a hand to hold”