snappy mid-tempo punk with above-average guitar work. It's raucous and fun and catchy and sounds like a punk rock Smithereens. Or The NY Dolls meets the Buzzcocks. If you like the bands on Feel It Records, this will float your dingy!
Shortly after their debut, Melbourne's CIVIC return with their sophomore EP “THOSE WHO NO’ - a fatalistic slab of power pop for the modern set.
Recorded on a stint in Geelong, with Billy Gardner once again at the helm, ‘THOSE WHO NO’ acts as a counter point to the gutter rock classicism and urban decay romantics of ‘NEW VIETNAM’, and shifts it’s focus towards genre experimentation, bleaker insular realities and modern personal warfare.
Over four tracks Jim McCullough, Lewis Hodgson, Darcy Grigg, Roland Hlavka and David Forcier dance on the knife’s edge of mythology versus the mundane - an against all odds desperation that flirts with the anthemic yet only stokes the flames.
Mid 70s glam and rock n roll tropes are pummelled beyond recognition referencing the past but predominantly pointing to the future.
There are forces at work here and CIVIC aren’t a band merely content to play to their strengths - they are a true sum of their parts who get their kicks testing their limitations.
- Ben Hepworth
CIVIC ‘THOSE WHO NO’ OUT THROUGH ANTI FADE AND FAMOUS CLASS NOVEMBER 9 2018
released November 9, 2018
All songs written by Civic except Needle In The Camel's Eye written by Brian Eno.
Cover layout by Brett Bevege and cover image by Jamie Wdziekonski
supported by 35 fans who also own “Those Who No EP”
An exciting new power pop single. It reminds me of Joan Jett fronting Cheap Trick with Thin Lizzy's guitars covering The Preatures. A more contemporary comparison would be with bands Romeo or Bad Moves. Rough Trade UK has the white vinyl for pre-order but probably not for long. Art Fin