LIVE: Citizen / Turnover / Fade @ The Dome, London

By Glen Bushell

What happens when you put two of the hottest US exports on one bill in London? You get a sold out, milestone show. That is the easiest way to describe the night that Citizen and Turnover came to London together. The show has been long sold out, and both bands are riding a wave of success after releasing two of 2015’s most talked about and revered albums. They each showed a progression in sound, and both have seen a huge growth in popularity and acclaim since. Understandably, expectation is riding high for tonight’s show, and the queue that has formed outside The Dome despite the near Baltic temperature is evident that people are chomping at the bit.

With a lot of today’s younger, up and coming bands drawing influence from the 90s, tonight’s openers Fade are no exception. Whereas many of their peers are borrowing from shoegaze and grunge, the Leeds quartet have a more classic post-hardcore feel. Big riffs, in the vein of Quicksand and Handsome are Fade’s forte, and they sound huge. Perhaps a cover of ‘Fade Away’ by Oasis could have been left out, but then that’s only because this reviewer is a die-hard fan of Manchester’s finest, but the crowd still lap it up. They are far more than just a forgettable support band tonight, and this will surely be the first of many times we will be writing about Fade this year.

Turnover share a very similar crowd to Citizen, so for many, this is a dream bill, and either band could have headlined. From the moment ‘New Scream’ echoes from the stage and fills the room, it is impossible to not pay attention to the band. The hazy, lackadaisical vibe of last years stunning ‘Peripheral Vision’ album transposes perfectly in a live setting. ‘Dizzy On The Comedown’ and ‘Hello Euphoria’ draw every bit of emotion out you, just as much as they do on record.

Eschewing any of their earlier material, they opt to play two new tracks from a forthcoming 7”. These once again, build on the direction of ‘Peripheral Vision’. While more than a few people perhaps would have liked to have heard ‘Sasha’ or ‘Most Of The Time’, Turnover are a band all about progression, which has been clear with each release. With songs as strong as the glorious ‘Humming’, and the mass sing along that ‘Cutting My Fingers Off’ evokes, they clearly don’t need to regress.

Citizen have a far more powerful delivery than Turnover, at least in the conventional sense of the word. Their songs twist and turn from serene and sullen passages to heavier, more chaotic sections in the blink of an eye. Within seconds of them launching into ‘The Summer’, near pandemonium erupts on the floor before them. A hail of stage-dives, and arms aloft carries on through their entire performance tonight, bringing out a different level of passion from the audience.

They play a varied set from both of their full-length albums, but it is during the tracks from ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’ that Citizen really shine. ‘Cement’ is crushing, ‘Stain’ is suffocating, and ‘Yellow Love’ is nothing short of mesmerising tonight. That’s not to say that the older material from ‘Youth’ doesn’t still stand up. ‘Roam The Room’ is clearly a favourite with the crowd and feels just as big as the newer songs, and of course ‘The Night I Drove Alone’ will always be one of this bands defining anthems.

With the upward trajectory of both Citizen and Turnover, and a post-show glance upon social media, tonight will go down in our scene’s history as one of the most memorable shows. It will be one that people talk about, and where people will say “Do you remember the night Citizen and Turnover played at The Dome?”. If you answer anything other than “yes”, then you will be told, in no uncertain terms, exactly what you missed out on.