CIVIL CIVIC keep it DIY. Mixing jagged progressive post-punk guitar, jamming fuzz-bass and pummeling drum machine beats, delivered in a no-frills lo-fi-pop package, these Europe-based Australian instrumentalists look determined to cement their reputation as “the thinking persons party band”, whatever the cost to themselves, music or humanity at large. Shunning vocals to make more room for their soaring distortions, Civil Civic rejected the idea of a front man and instead created ‘The Box’. Part evil drum machine, part hobo light-show, all road-case, The Box completes the Man-Machine tryptic.
Press has described them as “the lovechild of SONIC YOUTH and LIGHTNING BOLT and filed them next to BATTLES, BEBOP DELUX, KING CRIMSON. The band released it their first EP in March 2010 on multicoloured reel-to-reel style cassettes. It was called ’1′ and you can check it out here. The single ‘Less Unless’ was ping-ponged from blog to blog for months and months culminating in it hitting the top of the Hype Machine chart. It has since sunk back in to the undergrowth where it is much more comfortable. CIVIL CIVIC followed up ’1′ with a Double B-Side 7″ featuring ’Run Overdrive’ and ‘Fuck Youth’. Run Overdrive was also bullied around the traps for some time and garnered many a positive ranting from over excitable blog typing types.
CIVIL CIVIC’s new single ‘Light On A Leash’ is a veritable mind melt of sonic manipulation. Twisting and turning at seemingly random points to create a truly absorbing and visceral whole that should, provided you’re not dead from the neck up get you out of your seat and dancing around the room like a lunatic undergoing shock therapy. The title for CIVIL CIVIC’s new single was named by a fan after running a competition on their blog. After their second Europe tour in automn 2010, CIVIL CIVIC are going to spend winter writing and recording their debut LP, which is due in september 2011.
CIVIL CIVIC are Aaron Cupples, guitar and keyboards ; Ben Green, bass ; and The Box.