ATO Records

CIVIC - Future Forecast LP (col. vinyl)

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An origin story since time immemorial, this DIY, garage-rock five piece came together in 2018 through the traps of the Melbourne music scene. Bonding over a shared love of tightly coiled riffs and a collective musical ethos, Civic made a name for themselves through the intensity of their live shows, which would become local folklore. On Future Forecast, Civic pay homage to the classics, but pivot on them with avant-charged edge. It’s raw, searing guitars; pummeling rhythms; driving bass; and vocals that lock into and synergize with their wall of sound. All of this is balanced by the raucous and restrained weaving of melodies and textures, and vocal variation which broadens their sound past any one genre label. There’s the horn-fueled drive of album opener Radiant Eye, the power pop laden hook of As Seen On Tv’, the emotively atmospheric and vocally subdued Sunday Best, all culminating with closer Come To Know, before ending in a tightly wounds play of feedback and groove.