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[BadPanda059] CIVIL CIVIC – Lights On A Leash

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CIVIL CIVIC is a band: Aaron Cupples (guitar), Ben Green (bass) and a box of drum noises. Imagine Ratatat and Sonic Youth having a baby and rocking out in the manner of Holy Fuck covering Hüsker Dü. A beautiful mess.

Mixing jaggedly progressive post-punk guitar, jamming melodic fuzz bass and pummelling drum machine beats, delivered in a no-frills lo-fi-pop package, these Europe-based Australian instrumentalists have tapped their own original sound, emailing tracks back and forward, reconstructing and tweaking the others contributions, and minimising the possibility of rehearsal room punch-ups.

They are touring Europe right now (with 65daysofstatic, Ratatat, The Chap and more) and their debut, 1, one of the year’s best EPs was out on limited edition cassettes featured the mesmerizing ‘Less Unless’, the live version of which you can view below.

Lights On A Leash was mastered at Abbey Roads studios, and if you want to read the back story behind how they got the master vinyl printed, check out their own hilarious blog here.

CIVIL CIVIC – Lights On A Leash [mp3] [ogg]


And here’s a quick Q&A with Ben:

Where do you live actually?

I actually live in Barcelona. Really.

What is the last thing you ate?

My pride….and half an apple.

Your favourite word?


What do you collect?


One quote?

[you are drunk] “..and you, madame, are ugly, but I shall be sober in the morning”. Winston Churchill.

One movie?

Repo Man

One book?

The Curse of Lono – Hunter S Thomson

Which song do you listen to when you wake up?

The ringing in my ears.

A song you wish you wrote yourself?

Dancing Queen – Abba

The song to be played at your funeral?

Dancing Queen – Abba

A song for relaxing on a beach?

Dancing Queen – Abba

One website?

What do you think about music industry in 2010 and filesharing/internet as a promotion tool?

There´s a music industry? Wow, they must be depressed. The last time I bought a record was in 2004, I think.

Favourite venue?

The Windmill in Brixton. Also, our manager will pull out all my fingernails if I don’t mention how awesome The Luminaire in Kilburn is.

Favourite concert?

Iron Maiden

Favourite place on earth?

The bloody field of VICTORY!

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

On a bloody field of VICTORY!

Written by badpandarecords

06/12/2010 at 11:30 AM

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  1. Thanks 🙂


    20/10/2011 at 2:06 PM

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