Melbourne garage mainstays Civic are playing The Brunswick Ballroom this Friday night and the gig's almost sold out, so get on it.
Civic have been one of the most impressive, and successful, garage acts to come out of Melbourne over the past few years, having formed in 2017 after forging the idea for a blistering throwback to Australia’s immense punk legacy in a Japanese bowling alley – of course.
They thrust themselves into the spotlight with their debut EP New Vietnam, which our regional Victorian publication Forte raved about for good reason, noting: “Just imagine a sweat filled punk gig of the 70s, filled corner to corner with leather, skin-heads and safety pins. That’s Civic’s debut 12”, New Vietnam in a nutshell… and it’s mental! The album is totally old school rock n roll punk and I don’t think they could have done it any better. If Circle Jerks and Black Flag had a baby, it’d be Civic in all its grit and glory.”
What you need to know
- Civic are coming to Brunswick this Friday May 6
- They’re playing the Brunswick Ballroom
- Tickets are almost sold out so get in quick
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The seven tracks on New Vietnam were famously slammed out by David Forcier (drums), Jim McCullough (vocals), Lewis Hodgson (guitar/ backing vocals), and Roland Hlavka(bass) in a single day, with the underground hit going on to sell more than 1500 units worldwide
They’ve earned no shortage of comparisons to the all-time greats; The Saints, The Stooges and Radio Birdman, telling us back in 2020 that The Saints’ ‘Erotic Neurotic’ was one of the songs that defined them starting out, with frontman Jim McCullough explaining “How can you beat three chord riffs played downstroke? The obnoxious lead breaks obviously overdubbed, Chris Bailey’s snotty vocal delivery without breaking a sweat, bass and drums holding it down and just the tone of the whole thing is harsh and warm. I never fail to get something out of their records.”
They’ve gone from strength to strength since, dropping their first full-length in 2021 called Future Forecast and now they’re coming to the beautiful Brunswick Ballroom after two sold out shows at the Croxton and the Corner. It’ll be a comparatively intimate show for a band that’s all about blood, sweat and beers, with the chance to see a band in their prime under electric candlelight.
Grab tickets to see them here.
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