Citizen - 'In the Middle of It All' (Official Music Video)

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Official Music Video for “In the Middle of It All” by Citizen from the LP/CD/CS/Digital album 'As You Please' available on Run For Cover Records on October 6th, 2017.


Directed, Photographed and Edited by Christopher Good
Produced, Styled, and Production Designed by Andreina Byrne

Starring Andreina Byrne, Erin Quinn, and Brandon Nemeth

Thanks to Kathy Quinn, Jillian Gotfredson, Mary Quinn, Clare Babcock



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Everyday she alters who she is to fit into a new image of herself, but everyday she takes a little bit away from her identity (the sphere in the woods). There are messages (letters) from family/friends who are concerned, however her fear of accepting herself manifests this into something monstrous. Eventually what was once a beautiful dense construct is stripped down to nothing. One day she wakes up with no identity or direction as she wanders aimlessly into the distance.

Author — Will P

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In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
I saw you there

Fellow dies with no one there to care for him
Wondered what the world is like outside his room he’s living in
A normal man that dressed himself in women’s threads
He remembered every word, her face, her body in the shade

In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
I saw you there

Sorrow; the unpredictable has found a hand to hold
Absent into the fog coming home
Maelstrom; you are my only god
Absent into the fog, I succumb to your every want

In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
In the middle of it all
I saw you there

She’s the one that everybody marvels at
Delicate with her voice and flowers strung across her head
She’s the one that everybody notices
She thinks about an older friend, his face, his body in her bed

Sorrow; the unrequited lust that follows everyone
Absent into the fog coming home
Maelstrom; my undecided trust
Absent into the fog, I succumb to your every want

I wasn’t ready for this
Been strung out looking for a signal that was never there
I wasn’t ready for this
Suspicion reaching down to touch my fingertips again

Sorrow; the celebration halts, the blinding lights are gone
Absent into the fog coming home
Maelstrom; my love for you is strong
Absent into the fog, I succumb to your every want

In the middle of it all
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In the middle of it all

Author — Emanuelle Erazo

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I see this as a metaphor for life and death. At the beginning she is recording a voice memo on her phone, talking about socially acceptable things she should do with her life. This begs the question, "What is our purpose?" Are we meant to lead "normal" lives, have kids, conform to a certain purpose? This segment also brings attention to the fact that we are all so wrapped up in our phones, and it could be implied that we are lonely because of that. The different outfits represent different events in her life. For example, the wedding gown could resemble getting married.  The sphere represents how we lose parts of ourselves and morph with time and experience. The car could be seen as our bodies. Our bodies are how we navigate, they are our vessel. In this film, the car is how she navigates to get to the sphere. I think it's important to note that she isn't driving the car. This gives the viewer a sense that she is not really in control of what is happening. It's also important to note that she has to go through the woods to get to the sphere. It seems to be in the middle of nowhere. This could be a symbol for how hard it is to find your true self. As time seems to pass and she goes to the sphere in different outfits and alters the sphere, she crosses off pictures of herself in those outfits. To me, this symbolizes crossing things off in life (like getting married, having kids, birthdays, travels, other life events). This symbolizes events in life that she has done, times of her life that have come to an end. Every time she comes home there is a note at her door. As time goes on she just leaves these notes unopened and piled on the floor. These notes represent death. Her leaving the notes and not opening them symbolizes her putting off death. It could also symbolize how we as a race put off thinking of death and don't really have an acceptance around it. The notes seem like they have her name on them, meaning death is calling her. When she crosses off the last picture and opens the note, there seems to be blood on the page. She is scared and throws the letter, trying to avoid death. She is woken up by a figure struggling and the paper says, "come home". I think the idea is that when we die we are coming home. She gets in the car and rushes to the sphere only to find it is gone. She is confused. Then she is on the ground draped in a sheer white cloth, with the pieces of the sphere she's taken off over time. She rises and walks into the distance.

Author — Lauren Hunter

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I love you Citizen, keep changing.

Never boring. Never constant.

Author — C-Lansky

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Im getting a citizen vibe from this track

Author — Dalton Sullivan

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This band has come so far from pop punk and it's great

Author — Zack

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This is the living example of songwriting maturation. Amazing low end throughout the song and the chopping up at the end and the tremolo guitar stuff is so haunting and well put together.

Author — chaoticfirearm

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I am in absolute awe of the talent you guys possess. This album is going to add to your repertoire of sounds. I saw you live in Austin for SXSW and I can't wait to hear this new album live.

Much love and respect for your band.

Author — Garrett Peters

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AAAHH I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS DARN ALBUM

Author — deevdrums

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So it's bugging me what this is about, but I'm gonna take a stab at it: I think it's about moving on, beating depression and getting better. The pictures are of her trying to do different things to make herself feel better. The letters are intrusive thoughts. The science project thing in the woods is what she's "making" of herself, trying to change her habits. The version of herself that rises out of the letters is her depression trying to over take her, and it looks like it ended up ruining everything and taking her over again.

Author — Insoul

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This album is about to be everything I've ever needed. The best friend I can vent to every night.

I love you guys. Thank you for making me less lonely

Author — TrinityRourke

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This is so damn good, I can't describe how good it is.

Author — Deviantel

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miss this citizen. once again getting tired of alternative music falling off and becoming corporate

Author — chabrk

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Personally I really dig the sample. It feels almost ceremonial or ritualistic. Kinda gives a creepy vibe and the lyrics almost reflect that "blind worship" vibe when referencing the Maelstrom.

Author — Nick Bowker

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I love hearing how your songwriting matures. Amazing song & interesting video :)

Author — Jack Savage

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I knew Citizen since Young States. I really loved Youth. I didn't liked everybody is going to heaven and at first I really didn't liked As you please. But now I got really into it and I love it! You can't compare it with Youth and As You Please, just because they're both the best records of Citizen!

Author — ja nein

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I really feel the video and the música right now. Like since I started college I've become a shadow of myself. I used to be more curious, passionate and interesting and now I feel like I just exist and that makes me sad. I think that beign bussier made me stop doing the things that I love

Author — Paul

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This song and "Jet" have already sold me.

Its like they took Young states and Everybody is going to heaven into one to please all.

Author — yourtallestboy

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They're definitely heading in the right direction for this LP. A new vibe with a good taste.

Author — o0quakeroats0o

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We are slaves to love, devotion measured yet fractured in the sincere experience. Our personal journey is heartache measured in every calculated predictable moment in spite of our beautiful short falls. Enjoy what brings

Author — Dale Realworld