Interview With Civic Green

Civic Green are a Melodic four-piece indie rock ’n’ roll band hailing from former mining villages around South Yorkshire. Their no nonsense, driven sound encapsulates their working-class roots, whilst the contrast of escapism inspired lyrics shows a yearning for something more.

·  How did the band start up?

The band started with Danny and myself (Andy), we’ve been best mates from being about 3 years old and both always been in to music. Dan had always played instruments and I’d dabbled with guitar from time to time, by the time we were 16 and going to gigs there was nothing else we wanted to do other than make music, so ended up borrowing one of Danny’s spare guitars and it went from there really. 


·  Who inspired you to make music?

The main inspiration from the beginning was Oasis for me. The music, the attitude, the whole sub culture and fashion surrounding it just fascinated me.


·  How would you describe the music that you typically create?

I always struggle with this because we take inspiration from about a million different places. It’s definitely indie rock and roll but I couldn’t be more specific than that, we take inspiration from bands like Glasvegas and Tribes to Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly.


·  What is your creative process like?

Usually it starts with one of us just playing something at practise and the rest of the lads will join in, then Danny will put the melody to it and work out the lyrics then bring it to practise, every now and then I’ll put a few lines in but Danny does the majority of the writing. 


·  What has been the best part of your journey so far?

Releasing our debut single, the reaction and response to it has blown us away! Knowing there’s people on the other side of the planet that have gone out of their way to play and listen to our tune is mad, innit?


·  Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

The Leadmill is definitely my favourite venue we’ve played, it’s a proper rite of passage venue that, innit? Hopefully we’ll get back there at some point in the near future and get a chance to play the main stage. Café Totem was definitely up there too, small venue with low ceilings, proper sweaty and a banging sound. What more could you want?


Least favourite has to be the working mens we played in Barnsley, absolutely huge boozer with barely any customers, apart from the two pissed blokes who ended up throwing a chair through the window mid set when they were having a scrap outside.


·  How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Pros and cons I suppose. When I’m at a gig I hate it, I hate watching gigs through other people’s phone screens but then at the same time, it’s been an absolute godsend for us all through the lock down and that.


·  Out of your recent tracks which is your favourite and why?

We’ve got some belters lined up but given we’ve just released it, it’s gotta be ‘There Is Always A Light’


·  If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Streaming and the way services pay artists. The service itself really is amazing but the way they pay their artists just isn’t sustainable, or in my view, ethical and I think 2020 has proven that. Most artist have no other source of income because of the pandemic, how is anyone other than the global superstars supposed to survive on 0.003p per play?


·  What’s next for you Guys?

We’ve got our next single already recorded and ready for release, hopefully there’ll be some restrictions lifted pretty soon so we can play some live gigs too!