Just imagine a sweat filled punk gig of the 70’s, 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.
My favourite thing about New Vietnam is the mix between the classic, hardcore punk and the vocals, which aren’t just the typical screaming and shouting that’s prominent in a lot of punk rock. There’s more ‘singing’ on this album and I think this aspect gives it a serious groove and an edge.
This is the sort of record you could spin in the living room and imagine they’re playing right there on the couch if you only close your eyes. From start to finish there’s this immense live energy and ceaseless riffing that’s maintained and leaves you wanting more and more of their pure tenacity and hooked out punk rock.
There’s no doubt that the Melbourne punk scene is going totally mental and Civic are no exception. I can’t wait to see what wild and sweaty surprises local boys have in store for us.
Reviewed by Aine Keogh