Western Civ / Press
“Loosely bound melodies buzz and shimmer out of the guitars, using harmony and dissonance, shine and mud to set the scene. Likewise, various vocal styles ranging from a soft, nearly spoken mumble to a falsetto swoon add character.”
“From front to back, Shower the People is completely accessible and yet still maintains in being completely cool. And it was released on some weird anti-label called NoMoreFakeLabels. What's cooler than an anti-label? Nothing. Nothing's cooler than that. I give it 4 stars.”
“4 out of 5 Stars!! "...Western Civ...does a nice job of harnessing its layered sounds to melodies that make the most of them."”
“5+++ out of 6!! "We liked this album right off the bat...but continued to spin it for about a week before writing this. Western CIV is a great band with great songs.Totally entertaining stuff. Recommended. "”
“Western Civ has honed its brand of meandering and complex indie rock...Still, the album adheres largely to Western Civ’s original sound: rambunctious guitar melodies intertwined with spasmodic yet strangely infectious vocals.”
“Western Civ has linked up with veteran producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Superchunk, Pavement) in their new home state of North Carolina. The indie foursome will commence recording their third record in May 2008 under Easter's guidance at his Fidelitorium Studios in Kernsville.”
"You will want to be able to say that you were listening to them before they were everyone's favorite band!"
"Welcome Alabama transplants Western Civ, whose dark, chunky, post-punk churn ought to feel at home in the birthplace of Archers of Loaf and Polvo."..."a nice Wire-y insistence, characterized by the band's push and pull between jagged, staccato rhythms and ear-catching ribbons of melody."
“(after a reference to Superchunk) "Western Civ does that Merge flagship proud..."”
"Western Civ Is An Undiscovered Gem You're Shocked Hasn't Been Signed Yet."..."To listen to songs from Western Civ's EP, Regent Kingfish Slumberpad, you instantly see that this is a band that's going places."
"...the record reveals an honesty that is missing from many of today’s up-and-comers."
"...Next up was Western Civ. The boys from Alabama played a truly impressive set that went beyond even what we’d seen or heard from them previously. They’ve begun to work in more harmonies and moments of nuanced arrangement that build on what was already an impressive sound.
"Making bug-eyed, imaginative Indie Rock with wiry guitar texturing and effective, spectral melodies..."
"Combining a dual guitar attack with the versatility of a bass player and guitar player who each also play keyboards, Western Civ mixed the tonal qualities of Built To Spill and Pavement into a refined indie pop sound."
“ABOUT EP REGENT KINGFISH SLUMBERPAD "It might not always come out sounding civilized, but this CD is a winner..."”
“These guys are not trying to be anyone else and that shows. In todays world where many of the bands playing are inked up copies of the previous group, It's good to see some fresh ideas."”