Citizen Useless / Press

"Citizen Useless is fucking EPIC!!! When are they doing a US Tour?"

Lego - Cell Phone Text message to P.I.G. Records

“Punk is not dead, but in Indonesia's Aceh province it is taking a beating. The authorities there began a crack-down on punks last year, accusing them of violating the province's code of Islamic law. A couple of weeks ago, amongst the usual clutch of gamblers, was a couple allegedly caught having sex in public. They were each caned nine times. But what caught my eye wasn't the public humiliation or corporal punishment, it was the fact the pair were dubbed "punks" by the official in charge. I must admit, I don't know if either of these two had ever heard of the Sex Pistols, or indeed if they were really punks at all. But it's worth noting because the anti-punk purge in Aceh, and the response, captures some of the essential elements of life in Indonesia. It's a sort of soft-pedalled fascism: conservative and violent, without being what the rest of the world would call extremist & at the same time it's vibrant and defiant. Here in Jakarta the band Citizen Useless has taken up the cause.”

“CITIZEN USELESS: The Presidents of the United Mistakes: CD" Just days after I reviewed the debut album of Jakarta’s Citizen Useless in 2011, the news broke globally of the struggle of Indonesian punks abused and harassed by authorities. I understand that Citizen Useless hail from a more tolerant part of Indonesia, but it’s still challenging to separate those horrifying news stories from this great CD. Harder and less melodic (although no less catchy) than their debut full length, this is a very, very strong follow up. These guys are pissed and rail against the same things punks always have, but with an uncommonly solemn edge. Just try to shave these kids’ heads, pigs! That’s not happening.”

“CITIZEN USELESS: Don’t Die for Lies: A quick glance at this album’s cover art had me excited for what I assumed would be a hilarious, dopey U.S. release with corny lyrics. But instead it’s an earnest, amazing, terrific release from Jakarta, Indonesia! The lyrical content ranges from serious political diatribes like “I Hate Americans” and “Day of the Dead,” to prototypical teen anthems like “Assole-ium.” It’s heavily influenced by 1990s street punk, but with a freshness as if Citizen Useless invented that style. The globalization of punk began almost right at its inception, but there still aren’t too many releases from even densely populated countries like Indonesia making it to stateside shelves. Fortunately, this fine CD can be found easily and it’s a must for fans of hearty, basic fare. How much is a round-trip flight to Indonesia to see these guys live? It’s $1,475 as of this writing. I guess I’m sticking to the recordings for now.”

“Awesome old school punk rock in the vein of GBH, Black Flag and the Circle Jerks. Great vocals as the singer has the perfect hardcore voice and the music took me back to 1983 when punk rock was great. Production also has that 80’s feel and the riffs on this just ooze that old school style and this was a great release.”

“Loud music that was born in the punk subculture continues to move and spread around the world to this day. Citizen Useless is one band who dedicates themselves to this music. With the songs of relatively short duration, they introduce themselves through their studio album entitled “Don’t Die For Lies”. The character of the hardcore punk on this album stretches from the a sound influenced from the hardcore punk bands of America.”

“Citizen Useless was founded in 2006 in Jakarta / Indonesia. The guys got together to play loud, distorted music and songs like I Don't Owe You Anything show off their punk roots and love to old school hardcore. Musically they should be interesting for fans of Agnostic Front, Black Flag and similar outfits.”

"Don't Die for Lies" is an album full of intensity, violence, and distorted guitars along with a piggy production and a voice shouted above the instrumentation, making the end result similar to that of big bands like AGNOSTIC FRONT or GORILLA BISCUITS.

“Musiknya mengantarkan agresi old school hardcore punk '80an ala Reagan Youth, Subhumans, dan US Bombs. Gritty streetwise attitude lengkap dengan muntahan opini keras dalam liriknya seperti isu konspirasi dan perang dalam "Day of the Dead"”

“Berisikan 7 buah lagu dengan total durasi yang layak disebut sebagai mini album atau EP; 9.46 menit alias 10 menit kurang sedikit. EP dengan title yang mengingatkan saya pada salah satu film horror/gore/zombie favorit saya ini mengandungi 7 buah lagu punk rock yang tersimak tipikal band-band punk...”