It's not often you come across musicians who can poetically articulate weighty societal issues and generate danceable hits simultaneously. Civilian has created a simple formula to do just that: they sing about things that matter and make great music. This approach has become part of their charm and has gained the emerging indie-rock sensation the title of Broward-Palm Beach New Times' "Best Rock Band" of 2011 and a passionate, growing following.
What started as the brainchild of Ryan Alexander in Fort Lauderdale in 2006 has since evolved into a dynamic four piece with Alex Bennett (guitar) and brothers Nick (bass) and Nash Nardone (drums). Infused with creative guitar work, unrefined choruses and sing-along inciting melodies, Civilian has become a must-see Florida act. Not only have they shared the stage with big names like Dashboard Confessional, Charlie Hall, Cool Hand Luke and Ascend The Hill, but their music has also been featured in over 60 TV placements including MTV and VH1's The Real World, Real World vs. Road Rules, Jersey Shore, Secrets of Aspen, Bad Girls Club and Tough Love.
Beyond their infectious hooks and seamless live performances, the gentlemen of Civilian use their platform to deliver well-crafted messages that command audiences' attention. With a storytelling vibe, Civilian's conversational songwriting creatively reflects their candid thoughts on politics, spirituality and justice. Civilian describes the gravity of their lyrical content as "dark songs masked in happy rock n' roll." More than simply words, their music mirrors each member's dedication to caring for the oppressed, giving to the less fortunate, and loving the unloved. It is no wonder front-man Ryan Alexander was also awarded New Times' 2011 "Best Young Guy".