Staff Writer’s Words
Melbourne garage stalwarts Civic are playing at the Brunswick Ballroom this Friday night and the gig is almost sold out, so check it out.
Civic have been one of the most impressive and successful garage bands to emerge from Melbourne in recent years, having formed in 2017 after forging the idea of a scorching return to the immense punk heritage from Australia in a Japanese bowling alley – of course.
They put themselves in the spotlight with their first EP new vietnam, which our regional Victorian publication Forte praised for good reason, noting, “Just imagine a sweat-filled ’70s punk concert, filled from corner to corner with leather, skin-heads and safety pins. It’s Civic’s first 12-inch. New Viet Nam in short… and it’s mental! The album is totally old school rock n roll punk and I don’t think they could have done better. If Circle Jerks and Black Flag had a baby, it would be Civic in all its glory and glory.
What do you want to know
- Civic arrives in Brunswick this Friday, May 6
- They play Brunswick Ballroom
- Tickets are nearly sold out so get in quick
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The seven titles on New Viet Nam were slammed by David Forcier (drums), Jim McCullough (vocals), Lewis Hodgson (guitar/backing vocals) and Roland Hlavka (bass) in a single day, with the underground hit selling over 1,500 units worldwide
They have no shortage of comparisons to the greatest of all time; The Saints, The Stooges and Radio Birdman, telling us in 2020 that the Saints’ “Erotic Neurotic” was one of the songs that initially defined them, with frontman Jim McCullough explaining “How can you beat three chord riffs played Down? The obnoxious lead breaks obviously overdubbed, Chris Bailey’s cocky vocal delivery without breaking a sweat, the bass and drums keep it going, and the whole tone is hard and warm. I never fail to pull something of their records.
They’ve gone from strength to strength ever since, dropping their 2021 feature debut called Future forecasts and now they come to the magnificent Brunswick Ballroom after two sold-out shows at the Croxton and the Corner. It will be a relatively intimate show for a band that talks about blood, sweat and beers, with the chance to see a band in their prime under the light of electric candles.
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